Meet Fiona Lamptey, the Ghanaian hired by Netflix as director of UK features

Meet Fiona Lamptey, the Ghanaian hired by Netflix as director of UK features

- A Ghanaian film producer has been been appointed as the director of UK features of Netflix

- The young lady will identify books, theatre and other materials for development

- She is a producer and 2019 Screen Star of Tomorrow

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Fiona Lamptey, a Ghanaian young lady based in London has been appointed as the director of UK features of online movie streaming platform, Netflix, with a remit to develop films focused on British productions and IP.

As part of Fiona's job description, she will identify books, theatre and other materials for development. She will also work on discovering emerging UK talent.

In a post sighted by YEN.com.gh, after working in TV commissioning for Channel 4, Lamptey joined Film4 as a production executive in 2009, where she earned production manager credits on titles including Kill List, Attack The Block and The Selfish Giant.

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Meet Fiona Lamptey, the first Ghanaian hired by Netflix as director of UK features

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In 2011 she launched her own firm, Fruit Tree Media, through which she produced Film4’s Fright Bites mini-series in 2016.

Screen named Lamptey a UK & Ireland Star of Tomorrow as a producer last year.

Lamtey was also the recipient of a BFI Vision award in 2020, and recognised as a Film London future leader on the organisation’s Breaking The Glass Ceiling initiative in 2019.

She has recently wrapped filming on a sci-fi series for Film4 focusing on people of colour in the future in the UK, and is currently producing debbie tucker green’s BBC Film-backed feature ear for eye, based on the director’s play of the same name.

Lamptey joins a UK commissioning team which includes Anne Mensah (original scripted/drama); David Kosse (non-English language film); Kate Townsend (documentaries); Alexi Wheeler (kids and family); and Ben Kelly and Daisy Lilley (nonfiction).

The head of Netflix, Scott Stuber, said Fiona has been widely recognised for developing underrepresented stories and talent, and has quickly made her mark on the UK film industry.

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In response to Scott's remarks, she said she's eager to continue championing fresh, arresting and provocative ideas, where both new and established voices are empowered to tell their stories.

“I look forward to working with Scott to help connect distinctively British and globally appealing filmmakers and their work to a wider audience,” she said,

In other news, Sandister Tei, a Ghanaian Wikimedian and journalist, has been awarded as the 2020 Wikimedian of the year by the worldwide organization.

A report by medium.com indicates that Tei contributed heavily to the Wikipedia articles about COVID-19's effects in Ghana, ensuring the public record included Ghana in the story of how the pandemic is shaping the world.

This year, as the pandemic forced the user group to cancel in person events and gatherings, Sandister helped the general public stay connected and informed, which qualified her for the coveted award.

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