Patrick Schweitzer has been appointed the new CEO of Red Production Company, the British producer behind hits such as It’s a sin, Years and years and the upcoming Neil Gaiman-adapted fantasy series Anansi boys.
Red parent company Studiocanal announced the news on Monday, with Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh calling Schweitzer “an incredible asset to Red”. He already has an extraordinary portfolio of drama to his name and an innate ability to create programs that are relatable to all types of audiences. Patrick’s relationships with writers, acting talent, broadcasters and his team members are second to none. We are very happy to know that Red is in such excellent hands.”
Throughout his 30-year television career, Schweitzer has worked on high-end drama series such as Elegance, Repayment And White chapel for ITV, Sky’s hit Gangs of London And save meand such BBC shows as SSGB, The interceptor And Doctor who. He has been involved in the launch of numerous recurring TV series, including Ghosts, The hour, Blackpool And Call the midwife. Before joining Red, Schweitzer spent five years at British production house Tall Story Pictures (Bancroft, The Bay).
“After an incredible five years at Tall Story and ITV, I couldn’t be more excited to join Red in the next chapter,” Schweitzer said in a statement. “I enjoy working with the best writing talent from around the country to produce great content. To join this highly regarded company and to collaborate with Studiocanal, whose iconic catalog continues to resonate around the world, is extremely exciting… The aim is for us to continue to create both mainstream entertainment and bolder character-driven drama, to celebrating stories that encourage new reflection on the familiar and nurturing writing that yields deeper insights into our human condition.
Next Anansi boysa co-production with Endor Productions, starring Whoopi Goldberg, CCH Pounder, Delroy Lindo, Malachi Kirby and Fiona Shaw and airing on Amazon Prime Video next year. Red’s recent productions include Sheridan Smith starring No return for ITV and Harlan Coben’s Stay close for Netflix.