Ivana MacKinnon -   Producer

Ivana MacKinnon - Producer

After ten years in development at Celador Films and Cloud Eight films, where she associate produced numerous films including THE DESCENT and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, and produced THE DESCENT 2 and THE SCOUTING BOOK FOR BOYS, Ivana left to form Stray Bear Productions. In 2012 Ivana produced Kibwe Tavares’ hugely ambitious short film JONAH, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has been watched by over 450,000 people online. In summer 2013 Ivana Exec Produced WAR BOOK, a Jack Thorne-penned and Tom Harper-helmed political thriller starring Sophie Okenedo and Antony Sher. Ivana is now developing a slate of TV and feature film projects with, among others, Tom Harper, Sam Firth, and Rowan Athale. Ivana works as a script consultant for Northern Film and Media, whose board she also sits on, and as a mentor on Screen Yorkshire’s Triangle and EIFF’s Network.

Lauren Dark -   Head of Production & Development

Lauren Dark - Head of Production & Development

Lauren joined Sixteen Films in 2009 and worked on films including ORANGES AND SUNSHINE (Dir: Jim Loach), the UK leg of Why Not Productions/Sixteen Films LES BIEN AIMES (Dir: Christophe Honore) and Canana/Diego Luna’s CHAVEZ. More recently she has produced MEDIASTAN with Rebecca O’Brien and Julian Assange, a feature length documentary following a group of journalists around Central Asia and WAR BOOK written by Jack Thorne and directed by Tom Harper.

She joined Stray Bear as Head of Production and Development in 2014.