Cameron Roach, who stepped down as drama director at Comcast-owned Sky earlier this year, is going it alone, starting his own production company.
Rope Ladder Fiction, unveiled Thursday, is a Manchester-based independent banner that focuses on providing training and development opportunities for emerging talent. It starts off with development funding from Sky Studios and the BBC.
The company aims to start production on its first project in 2022, but will also build on Roach’s first outing since leaving Sky, hosting Flip the Script, a training program to provide 12 paid internships for aspiring writers. of scripts in the Northwest run by social enterprise Sharp. To come up.
“Rope Ladder Fiction is being created to encourage a focus on emerging talent in all areas of the craft while working with industry partners to innovate and create entertaining, provocative, and quality drama. “said Roach, who joined Sky as commissioning director in 2013 after stints in production. for the BBC and Kudos. He directed Sky Drama in the UK from late 2018 to spring 2020.
“We hope to develop a real talent pool over the long term, fostering collegial working practices and a dynamic and trusting environment,” said Roach. “We are sincere in our desire to guide a new generation up the rope ladder. “
Roach’s credit list includes successful programs such as Life on Mars, Silk, Victim and Waterloo Road; while at Sky he commissioned shows including I hate Suzie, Third day, Intergalactic and London gangs.