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Rory Aitken


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Rory Aitken is a producer and founding partner of Management and Production Company 42.

Rory and his producing partner Ben Pugh have been producing films and TV dramas together for twelve years.

Films currently in production include André Øvredal’s Mortal, a fantasy adventure based on ancient Norwegian mythology. Projects in post-production include The Titan starring Sam Worthington and Taylor Schilling, In Darkness, directed by Anthony Byrne and starring Natalie Dormer and Ed Skrein; and Shanghai-set action adventure S.M.A.R.T. Chase starring Orlando Bloom.

Previous film credits include Øvredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe starring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox, which world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival followed by a US release in 2017 through IFC Films and a UK release via Lionsgate; Eran Creevy’s Collide, starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ben Kingsley; and war drama Sand Castle, directed by Fernando Coimbra, starring Nicholas Hoult and Henry Cavill, which was released on Netflix globally in  April 2017; The Other Side of the Door, directed by Johannes Roberts and financed by 20th Century Fox; London-based crime thriller Welcoe to the Punch, exec produced by Ridley Scott; and the BAFTA-nominated feature film Shifty.

42’s TV projects include Watership Down, a 4 x 1 hour animated mini-series for BBC and Netflix, adapted from the global best-selling book by Richard Adams, written by Tom Bidwell and starring James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega, Sir Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton and Olivia Colman, currently in production; The Civil Servant, a 6-part drama series commissioned by Channel 4, written by Bathsheba Doran; Get Carter, based on Ted Lewis’ bestselling books, written by Tom Bidwell; and several other series in development with UK and US broadcasters.

42 has a television output deal in the UK with distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment; and a first look deal in the US with ITV Studios.

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