Battsek departs Passion to launch Ventureland

Battsek departs Passion to launch Ventureland

Oscar-winning producer John Battsek is leaving Passion Pictures to set up the new LA/London-based outfit Ventureland.


Prettybird’s Kerstin Emhoff, Ali Brown and Paul Hunter will join Battsek in the new multiplatform production outfit handling content across the documentary and scripted spaces.


“It has been an amazing 20 years with Passion Pictures but I feel like change after two decades is an exciting thing to do. It’s an amazing time for documentaries and I now have an executive support structure in LA which, added to the relationships I have, means we should be able to increase output. I’ve hand picked a new team in London and it means we have new impetus on both sides of the Atlantic. I will continue to collaborate on a whole raft of films with Passion. That’s very much the intention,” Battsek commented January 21 2020.


The statement further stated how Ventureland was created out of a “desire to have a truly agnostic approach to entertainment… and to bring original IP and breakthrough concepts to life.”


Of Prettybird’s Emhoff Battsek commented: “Over the past decade of collaboration I have admired Kerstin’s leadership, drive and ambition and I am thrilled to now be partnering with her and the Ventureland team.”


Battsek co-founded Passion Pictures Films in 1999 with Andrew Ruhemann, winning Oscars for One Day In September and Searching For Sugar Man with nominations for Restrepo and Winter On Fire. The company won BAFTAs for The Imposter and Hillsborough.