Original Talent, parent company of the combined agency/production group that includes Curtis Brown and Curtis Brown Creative, C&W, Ed Victor, Fane Productions and Cuba Pictures, are delighted to announce a strategic investment partnership with Tavistock Wood, one of Europe’s leading talent agencies. Original Talent has acquired a significant equity stake in Tavistock Wood, which was founded by Angharad Wood and Charles Collier in 2005, globally representing clients that include Rebecca Ferguson, Eva Green, Naomie Harris, Lily James, Vicky Krieps, Emily Mortimer, Liv Tyler, Alicia Vikander, Ronan Bennett, Russell Brand, Daniel Brühl, Charles Dance, Freddie Fox, Dustin Hoffman, Max Irons, Dougray Scott, Sam Riley, and Dominic West.
Tavistock Wood will continue to operate autonomously and remain based at their offices at Conduit Street, London, with Simon Flamank and Ben Hall from Original Talent joining the Tavistock Wood Board. Charles Collier and Angharad Wood will join the Original Talent Group Board.
Simultaneously, Original Talent and Tavistock Wood today launch Open Book, a production company which will develop and produce projects from the company and its clients. Open Book will have a close collaboration with Original Talent’s Cuba Pictures (McMafia, Jonathan Strange). BBC Studios will distribute their television output worldwide and support development work for the newly established production company. Projects already in development include Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love, with screenplay from Tavistock Wood client Emily Mortimer.
Angharad Wood said:
“Charles and I founded Tavistock Wood 13 years ago and together with our superb staff have enjoyed seeing the careers of our artists grow in that time. We will keep the ethos of Tavistock Wood unchanged and our
new partnership with Original Talent will support that intention. Added to which, our clients will now have access to a wider company of artists in order to create new and interesting work.”
Charles Collier said:
“Within the Original Talent Group, we can keep doing what we do for our clients to the same standards, but with greater resources, greater creative freedom and greater commercial reach. It provides scope and scale, and a full production service when clients require it, and it taps into a deep well of literary resources that exists across the Original Talent Group. We are now part of a wider group that allows our clients to benefit from combined strength, comprehensive business infrastructure, extended opportunity and strategic leverage.
“We believe this partnership with Original Talent is a dynamic response to the rapid changes that have taken place in the creative industry over the last 36 months. It allows us to stay who we are whilst embracing the future, so we can do even better work with our clients, to whom we are incredibly committed.”
Jonny Geller, Original Talent’s joint CEO, said:
“Angharad and Charles are two of the most talented and innovative agents in the UK. Together they have built Tavistock Wood’s global reputation with a list of premier actors, writers and directors."
Ben Hall, Original Talent’s joint CEO, said:
“We are thrilled that they have decided to partner with Original Talent for the next stage of their company’s development and we’re excited that this plan includes a push into high quality drama production.”
The news was announced first in Variety.