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Kurban Kassam

Producer

Credits

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Production (role):
JUNGLE
(Producer)
Company:
Amazon Studios (UK)
Project details:
Currently in production

Six-part music drama featuring prominent grim and drill artists
Production (role):
THE ROADS NOT TAKEN
(Co-Producer)
Company:
Adventures Pictures / BBC Films
Project details:
1h 25m Film

Wr. / Dir. Sally Potter

Cast includes Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning

World Premiere: Berlinale 2020 (competition)

Worldwide distribution by Focus Features
Production (role):
TWO FOR JOY
(Co-Producer)
Company:
Blonde to Black
Project details:
1h 30m

Wr. / Dir. Tom Beard

Cast includes Samantha Morton and Billie Piper

World Premiere EIFF 2018
Production (role):
THE PARTY
(Producer)
Company:
Great Point Media / Adventure Pictures / Oxwich Media
Project details:
1h 11m Film

Cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy and Patricia Clarkson

World Premiere: Berlinale 2017 (competition)
Production (role):
THE HUNGRY
(Producer and Writer)
Company:
Cinestaan Film Company / Film London / Raucous Pictures
Project details:
1h 40m Film

Dir. Bornila Chatterjee

The first of its kind international co-production between the UK and India to celebrate Shakespeare's 400-year anniversary

World Premiere: TIFF 2017

Worldwide distribution by Amazon Studios
Production (role):
BRAKES
(Producer)
Company:
Brakes Film Productions
Project details:
1h 28m Film

Wr. / Dir. Mercedes Grower

Low budget oddball comedy which features Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Julia Davis, Steve Oram and Kerri Fox

World Premiere: EIFF 2016
Production (role):
THE PASS
(Co-Producer)
Company:
Toledo Productions
Project details:
1h 28m Film

Dir. Ben A. Williams

Prod. Duncan Kenworthy OBE

The film was nominated for a BAFTA for director Ben Williams
Production (role):
LATE SHIFT
(Producer)
Company:
&Sohne / CtrlMovie
Project details:
1h 30m Film

Dir. Tobias Weber

One of the world's first interactive feature films developed with Apple.

BAFTA Cymru in 2018
Production (role):
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS
(Line Producer)
Company:
Pulse Films
Project details:
A feature documentary about Scottish musician Edwyn Collin's recovery following a severe stroke in 2005

Dirs. James Hall, Edward Lovelace

Worldwide Premiere: SXSW 2014
Production (role):
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
(Line Producer)
Company:
Corniche Pictures / BFI
Project details:
1h 37m feature documentary

Dirs. Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

Wr. Nick Cave

Best Direction and Editing at Sundance 2014
Production (role):
WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?
(Line Producer)
Company:
Pulse Films
Project details:
1h 25m feature documentary set on the Mexican-US border starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

Dir. Marc Silver

Best Cinematography Sundance 2013
Production (role):
GINGER AND ROSA
(Associate Producer)
Company:
Adventure Pictures / BBC Films / BFI
Project details:
1h 30m film

Dir. Sally Potter

Cast includes Elle Fanning, Annette Benning and Timothy Spall

World Premiere: TIFF 2017
COMPANY EXPERIENCE
Date: 2020 - Present
Company:
Mews Films
Project details:
Kurban is part of a team running a fund, focused on developing comedy feature films for the UK theatrical market. His responsiblities include managing a yearly development budget, attracting talent and working with comedy screenwriters.

Once projects are greenlit, Kurban managed the production process from conception to completion.

Mews Films is a JV between Archery Pictures and Elysian Film.
Date: 2020
Company:
House Productions
Project details:
Kurban worked briefly with Tessa Ross on her film slate, reviewing scripts, talent opportunities and deals on projects including those with Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Andrea Arnold, Sir Steve McQueen, Patrick Marber and Jack Thorne.
Date: 2015 - 2017
Company:
Turbine Studios
Project details:
Kurban worked across all aspects of strategy and business affairs and development on a large slate of feature film and television drama series including the six-part BBC TV series The Small Axe by Sir Steve McQueen. He was responsible for overseeing research, finding writers for the writers room and working with Head of Production to close deals with talent, BBC drama and BBC Worldwide.
Date: 2012-2014
Company:
Pulse Films - Producer
Project details:
Kurban's main duties involved managing production affairs and budgets for all documentary feature films on the slate, including 20,000 Days on Earth and Who is Dayani Cristal? Kurban was responsible for hiring crew, budgeting, scheduling and managing production for these projects and assessing new projects for production feasibility.
Date: 2010
Company:
BBC in house - Script Editor
Project details:
Story editorial at Holby City, Series 13 working under Series Producer Myar Craig-Brown
INDUSTRY TRAINING
Date: 2020
Company:
ACE Producers 29
Project details:
A well-established training programme involving workshops in various European countries to develop new projects from a creative and financial perspective. This network has generated an alumnus of top European producing professionals.
Date: 2020
Company:
Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Project details:
A Film London initiative bringing BAME professionals from across the film industry together for leadership training.
Date: 2017
Company:
Inside Pictures
Project details:
A highly competitive programme bringing together ten producers from across Europe and ten UK based industry executives, to take part in workshops in LA and London.
Date: 2010
Company:
Magic Light Pictures - Producer Placement Scheme
Project details:
A producer training programme where I conducted placements at Olswang, BBC Films, BFI / UK Film Council.

Credits

  • Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Production (role): JUNGLE
    (Producer)
    Company: Amazon Studios (UK)
    Project details: Currently in production

    Six-part music drama featuring prominent grim and drill artists
  • Production (role): THE ROADS NOT TAKEN
    (Co-Producer)
    Company: Adventures Pictures / BBC Films
    Project details: 1h 25m Film

    Wr. / Dir. Sally Potter

    Cast includes Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning

    World Premiere: Berlinale 2020 (competition)

    Worldwide distribution by Focus Features
  • Production (role): TWO FOR JOY
    (Co-Producer)
    Company: Blonde to Black
    Project details: 1h 30m

    Wr. / Dir. Tom Beard

    Cast includes Samantha Morton and Billie Piper

    World Premiere EIFF 2018
  • Production (role): THE PARTY
    (Producer)
    Company: Great Point Media / Adventure Pictures / Oxwich Media
    Project details: 1h 11m Film

    Cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy and Patricia Clarkson

    World Premiere: Berlinale 2017 (competition)
  • Production (role): THE HUNGRY
    (Producer and Writer)
    Company: Cinestaan Film Company / Film London / Raucous Pictures
    Project details: 1h 40m Film

    Dir. Bornila Chatterjee

    The first of its kind international co-production between the UK and India to celebrate Shakespeare's 400-year anniversary

    World Premiere: TIFF 2017

    Worldwide distribution by Amazon Studios
  • Production (role): BRAKES
    (Producer)
    Company: Brakes Film Productions
    Project details: 1h 28m Film

    Wr. / Dir. Mercedes Grower

    Low budget oddball comedy which features Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, Julia Davis, Steve Oram and Kerri Fox

    World Premiere: EIFF 2016
  • Production (role): THE PASS
    (Co-Producer)
    Company: Toledo Productions
    Project details: 1h 28m Film

    Dir. Ben A. Williams

    Prod. Duncan Kenworthy OBE

    The film was nominated for a BAFTA for director Ben Williams
  • Production (role): LATE SHIFT
    (Producer)
    Company: &Sohne / CtrlMovie
    Project details: 1h 30m Film

    Dir. Tobias Weber

    One of the world's first interactive feature films developed with Apple.

    BAFTA Cymru in 2018
  • Production (role): THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS
    (Line Producer)
    Company: Pulse Films
    Project details: A feature documentary about Scottish musician Edwyn Collin's recovery following a severe stroke in 2005

    Dirs. James Hall, Edward Lovelace

    Worldwide Premiere: SXSW 2014
  • Production (role): 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
    (Line Producer)
    Company: Corniche Pictures / BFI
    Project details: 1h 37m feature documentary

    Dirs. Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

    Wr. Nick Cave

    Best Direction and Editing at Sundance 2014
  • Production (role): WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?
    (Line Producer)
    Company: Pulse Films
    Project details: 1h 25m feature documentary set on the Mexican-US border starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

    Dir. Marc Silver

    Best Cinematography Sundance 2013
  • Production (role): GINGER AND ROSA
    (Associate Producer)
    Company: Adventure Pictures / BBC Films / BFI
    Project details: 1h 30m film

    Dir. Sally Potter

    Cast includes Elle Fanning, Annette Benning and Timothy Spall

    World Premiere: TIFF 2017
  • Date
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2020 - Present
    Company: Mews Films
    Project details: Kurban is part of a team running a fund, focused on developing comedy feature films for the UK theatrical market. His responsiblities include managing a yearly development budget, attracting talent and working with comedy screenwriters.

    Once projects are greenlit, Kurban managed the production process from conception to completion.

    Mews Films is a JV between Archery Pictures and Elysian Film.
  • Date: 2020
    Company: House Productions
    Project details: Kurban worked briefly with Tessa Ross on her film slate, reviewing scripts, talent opportunities and deals on projects including those with Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Andrea Arnold, Sir Steve McQueen, Patrick Marber and Jack Thorne.
  • Date: 2015 - 2017
    Company: Turbine Studios
    Project details: Kurban worked across all aspects of strategy and business affairs and development on a large slate of feature film and television drama series including the six-part BBC TV series The Small Axe by Sir Steve McQueen. He was responsible for overseeing research, finding writers for the writers room and working with Head of Production to close deals with talent, BBC drama and BBC Worldwide.
  • Date: 2012-2014
    Company: Pulse Films - Producer
    Project details: Kurban's main duties involved managing production affairs and budgets for all documentary feature films on the slate, including 20,000 Days on Earth and Who is Dayani Cristal? Kurban was responsible for hiring crew, budgeting, scheduling and managing production for these projects and assessing new projects for production feasibility.
  • Date: 2010
    Company: BBC in house - Script Editor
    Project details: Story editorial at Holby City, Series 13 working under Series Producer Myar Craig-Brown
  • Date
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2020
    Company: ACE Producers 29
    Project details: A well-established training programme involving workshops in various European countries to develop new projects from a creative and financial perspective. This network has generated an alumnus of top European producing professionals.
  • Date: 2020
    Company: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
    Project details: A Film London initiative bringing BAME professionals from across the film industry together for leadership training.
  • Date: 2017
    Company: Inside Pictures
    Project details: A highly competitive programme bringing together ten producers from across Europe and ten UK based industry executives, to take part in workshops in LA and London.
  • Date: 2010
    Company: Magic Light Pictures - Producer Placement Scheme
    Project details: A producer training programme where I conducted placements at Olswang, BBC Films, BFI / UK Film Council.