Colson on Cloud Nine with Pathe
Christian Colson, the producer of multiple award winning box office smash Slumdog Millionaire [+see also:
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With Celador, Colson has shepherded projects like The Descent [+see also:
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Colson’s existing projects with Celador will now be in conjunction with Pathe and Cloud Nine. These include Selma, an original screenplay from Paul Webb telling the story of Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the 1965 civil rights marches that changed America; Centurion, an epic by writer/director Neil Marshall (The Descent) about the legendary legion of Roman soldiers who disappeared in Scotland in AD 87; The Scouting Book for Boys, a coming-of-age tale from writer Jack Thorne and director Tom Harper, starring Thomas Turgoose (This Is England [+see also:
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Colson joined the talent agency London Management in 1994, representing writers. He joined start-up UK film production company HAL Films in 1998 as a development executive and became Head of Development within a year. In 2000 he joined Miramax Films as Head of Development UK. Colson moved to Celador Films as Head of Production & Development in June 2002, and was promoted to Joint Managing Director in March 2005.
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