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Preethi Mavahalli appointed Creative Director of Poison Pen Scripted Label, backed by Ben Stephenson's ITV Studios

Poison Pen Studios, the upcoming ITV Studios script label from former BBC and Bad Robot executive Ben Stephenson, has appointed Preethi Mavahalli as creative director.

Mavahalli will be moving from Sky Studios, where she was creative director of in-house theatre, to join ​​Poison Pen, which will be based in London and Los Angeles, focusing on High – Premium TV – working with two of Stephenson’s teams to develop a range of UK and US TV series when it officially launches in the new year.

Prior to joining Sky Studios, Mavahalli was the theatre director for the award-winning ITV Studios independent Mammoth Screen, where she developed and executive produced numerous series including the critically acclaimed The Serpent, Noughts + Crosses and City and City . Other credits include World War, McDonald’s and Dodds, NW and Close Relatives . Before Mammoth Screen, Mavahalli worked at Film4 and Film London.

“When I decided to start my own company, I just wanted one person by my side,” Stephenson said. “I’m so grateful she agreed! Preethi is a very talented and lovely person with great taste and an excellent track record. I can’t wait to get started, have fun with her and make some great drama.”

Mavahalli added: “Working with a producer I have admired for many years, Ben, is a dream opportunity. I am so excited to be a part of this ambitious transatlantic adventure and can’t wait Would love to start working at Poison Pen Studios.”

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