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See-Saw TV heads leave to set up indie

See-Saw Films’ head of television and TV chief operating officer are leaving the UK- and Australia-based prodco to start a new indie.

Jamie Laurenson

Jamie Laurenson set up the firm’s TV division having moved from BBC Films in 2012, with Hakan Kousetta arriving as TV COO two years later.

The pair have now formed 60Forty Films, though they will continue to work with See-Saw on existing projects such as Apple TV+’s Slow Horses, starring Gary Oldman; the BBC’s The North Water, starring Colin Farrell; and Netflix’s Heartstopper.

Their other See-Saw credits include Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake: China Girl, The New Legends of Monkey for Netflix and The Essex Serpent for Apple TV+

Hakan Kousetta

See-Saw’s TV output will now by overseen by Elinor Day, Patrick Walters and Joanna Laurie in the UK and Rachel Gardner in Sydney.

Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, See-Saw founders and joint MDs, said: “Jamie and Hakan have done an extraordinary job over the last eight years in growing See-Saw’s television slate and building a team of incredible executive producers.

“See-Saw is in an exciting position as we go into this year, with a robust and impressive slate in no small part because of the hard work of Hakan and Jamie. We will miss them but are so excited to see what they do next – and thankfully it’s not goodbye, as we’ll be continuing to collaborate on select See-Saw projects.”

Laurenson and Kousetta added: “We’ve had a wonderful time working with the brilliant people at See-Saw and we will miss them all. We are excited to start this new venture and are really happy to be continuing our collaboration with See-Saw on the projects we are exec producing.”

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