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About

Fingerprint Content is an international production company with offices in the UK, US, India and France.

Founded by Melanie Dicks, Jess Hines, Lia Walton, and former Secretary of State John Kerry, Fingerprint Content was created with a clear and urgent mission: to spark change in the way we portray social issues on the screen. We empower the world's most exciting storytellers to bring their deeply-held passions to life; exploring inequality, race and gender, the power of big business, and, most particularly, climate change, where we encounter all these issues. By engaging audiences with the compelling stories of this disruptive time, we aim to inspire, organise and focus the conversation across film, TV and digital platforms.

We are committed to ERA 50:50 and the equal representation of women, both in front of, and behind the lens.

Productions

We collaborate with bespoke A-list teams of bold creatives, communicators and strategists, unafraid to make complex subjects understandable.

Our diverse slate of scripted and non-scripted content spans feature films and documentaries, returning high-end television drama, and cutting-edge digital projects.

These are united by their strong authorial voice and point of view, and include a female-led heightened genre feature film set on Corfu, a short-form eco-crime detective series starring Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, and an ambitious cli-fi conspiracy thriller television series.

The Eye

Feature Film Writer: Emily Carlton

Director: Daphne Schmon

Note: The Eye will be the first eco friendly production to be filmed in Greece using the environmental education platform Green Screen. The producers aim to make the production carbon neutral, the impacts they cannot reduce will be offset using UN Redd approved programmes through Greenshoot.

STRAND

6 x 60 Returning Series

Writer: Jessica Riches

A genre-bending mix of conspiracy thriller and cli-fi, STRAND follows two sisters who become caught in a tangled web of political and scientific intrigue after the arrival of Probands creates a world-shattering discovery.

The Cornish Girl Trilogy

8 x 60 Returning Series

A sensuous, female-driven adaptation of Joanna Hines' award-winning trilogy of historical novels, exploring sexuality and agency in 17th century Cornwall.

Told through a modern lens, the series is a timely and expansive examination of national division, sexual repression, social inequality and female self-expression across two thrilling timelines.

The Rachel Carson Project

In early development

Untitled Denial Project

In development

7 Cities

Interactive short format

24 x 10

A revolutionary, high-octane, eco-crime thriller, set in the heart of Delhi starring Bollywood mega star, Amitabh Bachchan.Written by Piyush Gupta from an original idea by Jess Hines

Raj At War

Written by Mesh Flinders and Sunayana Kumari
From an original idea by Cary Woods and Mesh Flinders

India produced the largest volunteer army in world history: over 2 million men. But, until now, there has never been a comprehensive account of India's turbulent home front and the nexus between warfare and India's society.

Finding The Grey

A documentary film on borderline personality disorder (BPD), seen through the eyes of new director Anna McGrane, a young woman with the condition that brings extraordinary people together through her voice, direction and use of the natural world to create a unique film.

Defenders Of Planet Earth

Defenders of Planet Earth (DOPE) is a Fingerprint Content Original. A fun, engaging show that merges popular culture with everyday heroic climate change solutions. We aim to entertain and educate, empower and inspire the nation to find a way to take action in their local environment.

IMPACT and EDUCATION

Impact

IMPACT

Our team benefits from decades of leadership and expertise in our respective fields, from the creative economy to constructive diplomacy.

From the very first Earth Day of the modern environmental movement to the Paris Climate Accord; from the global adoption of sustainable filming production practices to ground-breaking cultural impact campaigns, we have learned from hard-earned experience how to tell stories that create impact and inspire change.

Education

EDUCATION

With our partners at Greenshoot, we will work to reduce our environmental impact from script to screen. Through our networks and partners in Europe, India and the United States, we implement certified sustainability practices that guarantee every production is green.

Driven to create content that both entertains and educates, each production will also deliver legacy programmes within the communities we film, creating long term positive impact.

OUR Team

 

Melanie Dicks

MELANIE DICKS

CEO | PRODUCER

Melanie is an award-winning producer, setting up and running three creative companies in a 30-year career, starting at the BBC drama department through to leading teams globally across the entire production process from script to screen. Working with talent including, Naomi Watts, Kevin Costner, David Schwimmer, Colin Firth, Thandie Newton and Stephen Frears. As well as working on numerous international features, Melanie produced BAFTA winner, The Dark Mile, also nominated for 'Best UK Feature' at Raindance.

In 2010 she co-founded Greenshoot, an award-winning sustainability consultancy, the first of its kind. Greenshoot has helped over 500 entertainment and content projects to reduce their environmental footprint, saving on carbon and cost. Melanie has written several international papers on sustainable development for the filming industries and been invited to represent the UK at international film festivals as an expert in the field of environmental sustainability and the arts.

Jess Hines

JESS HINES

PRODUCER | IMPACT CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR

Jessica has worked in the film and broadcast industry in the UK and India for 20 years, working on films such as Lagaan and Slumdog Millionaire. She founded a content company that worked with India's film and sport megastars including Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, creating branded licensable content for mobile and web.

Jessica is an expert in the overlap between politics, action and entertainment. She has led creative projects on climate change, renewable energy, air pollution and avoidable blindness in the UK, USA and India. Her passion is finding ways of using culture to create access to new audiences for example working with comedians to push climate change messaging into Republican audiences in Middle America on Funny or Die.

JLia Walton

LIA WALTON

PRODUCER

Lia has worked with contemporary artists and musicians, iconic photographers, legendary filmmakers and ancient archives, all over the world. She has recently collaborated with John Kerry and other environmental activists in the formation of a groundbreaking NGO and the acquisition of literary properties that bring life to the urgency of our modern environmental challenge.

Over the last decade, Lia produced environmental film, photography, and IMAX projects in Africa, India and New York. She has produced advocacy projects about food/land justice and biodiversity, and major projects with veteran director, George Butler at White Mountain Films, about the existential threats to the world's last remaining Sundarbans Tigers. She co-founded Cloverleaf Pictures in New York and London, producing a slate of non-fiction features.

Shahnaab Alam

SHAHNAAB ALAM

PRODUCER

A producer with over three decades of experience he worked as an executive producer at YashRaj Films leading on the most successful action franchise ever, ‘Dhoom’ by Sanjay Gadvi, and ‘Kabul Express’ by Kabir Khan. He also launched the careers of several of Indias top creative teams with films such as the internationally acclaimed ‘The LunchBox’, ‘Monsoon Shootout’, ‘Peddlers’ and ‘Dubai Return’,  Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Soch Na Tha’, Arindam Mitra’s ‘Shoonya’, Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Ugly’, Nikkhil Advani’s ‘D-Day’, Hansal Mehta’s ‘Omerta’.

Under Easterly Entertainment, he has produced Jahnu Barua’s ‘Bhoga Khirikee’ (Broken Window) along with Priyanka Chopra, and been a Consulting Producer to Wanphrang Diengdoh’s ‘Lorni – The Flaneur’. As a Creative Producer he is involved with several projects in active development across formats and platforms, and some of them being international collaborations.

His core strengths include understanding transformational technologies and trends, dealing with ambiguity, working with variable resources in a budget conscious environment, and managing healthy conflict in a competitive high visibility market. He has a demonstrated ability in developing and executing content ranging across all formats, and is known for ideation and strategy formulation, addressing both the popular and niche segments, in domestic and international markets.

Shelly Bancroft

SHELLY BANCROFT

CREATIVE AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE

Shelly is creatively-driven and has a broad knowledge and experience of the film industry, both in the UK and US. In addition to working on sourcing projects, development and packaging for Fingerprint's slate, she is also Film Consultant/executive producer for Atlantic Screen Music.

She was previously Film Acquisitions Consultant for a film fund and an 'Expert' Assessor for Creative Europe. She ran the development slate for Matrix Film Finance (initiating and managing a co-development venture with Recorded Picture Company) and was Head of Creative Affairs (Europe) for MGM-Pathe. She has had several industry appointments and originally trained as a director at the RCA Film School.

Shelly aims to combine quality, originality and commerciality in her work - she is passionate about environmental issues and working on projects involving both established and new talent, which can be instrumental in creating positive, innovative change.

Rahul Merchant

RAHUL MERCHANT

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE

Working in film marketing and distribution for over 20 years he has been behind the successful release in India of films such as ‘La La Land’, ‘Jackie’, ‘Deepwater Horizon’, ‘Isle of Dogs’, ‘Life Animated’ and ‘Borg v Mcenroe’. His passion for art house and documentary films has has led him to become the only distributor of these genres in India in working with new and established filmmakers to ensure their films find their audiences, such as the acclaimed cult hit ‘Gopi Gayan Bagha Bayn’ by Shilpa Rande an animated retelling of Satyajit Ray's commercial hit by the same name.

He worked for 5 years in mobile VAS with Bubble Motion and Inside India that has resulted in an expertise in understanding the variety of ways that content can reach its audience and generate long tail recoupment.

He has been part of the visiting faculty at MICA Ahmedabad teaching the "Film Marketing" course for the New Media since 2017.

Alexandra MacEwan

ALEXANDRA MACEWAN

DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

Alexandra has worked in development across scripted and factual television, developing series picked up by major UK and US broadcasters. These include eco-documentary Volatile Earth (More 4/PBS), The Truth About Stress (BBC 1), Titanic: The New Evidence (Channel 4/Smithsonian) and The Joy Of Techs with Marcus Brigstocke and Alexis Conran (UKTV).

Prior to Fingerprint, Alexandra worked as a Development Executive at Seven Stories, All3Media. She is passionate about nurturing new voices and using entertainment to explore important issues.

Prerna Arora

PRERNA ARORA

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS ADVISOR

Founder & Managing Partner , M/s Kosha Legal LLP, New Delhi

Prerna Arora is an established Intellectual Property Rights & Commercial law counsel in India. Her legal strategy and advisory practice amongst other things span over a wide spectrum of sectors like Media & Entertainment, Healthcare, FMCG, Real Estate etc. Her expertise lies in strategizing and negotiating complex commercial agreements and is also a seasoned litigator of commercial disputes.

She is an empanelled lawyer with the Delhi High Court Legal Services Committee dedicating her time to the cause of underprivileged litigants. She is also an active advocate of equal rights and is an external expert member on sexual harassment committees of various corporates. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member of Utkarsh Srivastava Public School, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh working towards influencing and encouraging children and guiding them to realise their highest potential. However, when she is not suing people, she likes to dabble in dance, theater and motorbiking as her passion.

MISSION STATEMENT

Our name is a reflection of the fact that today, scientists painstakingly track the tiniest, most incremental changes on our planet and their measurements literally produce "fingerprints" which explain the cause of change, including that which comes from human activity. Film—indeed all art—is a reflection of the never ending struggle to understand the beauty, mystery and contradictions of life itself. It is the fingerprints of that journey that we will explore in the stories we will bring to the screen, hopefully impacting culture, inspiring and motivating engagement based on truth and common sense.

This is a new time and we will set out to help define and describe it. Globally, long-standing failures and grievances have been exposed to new scrutiny. The human condition is challenged in new and old ways, affecting every aspect of life and at an unprecedented pace. Age-old and new rivalries flourish. Disease and natural disaster, technology and progress and lack thereof challenge every aspect of life as we knew it. It is up to the storyteller to help shed light on and make sense of this often chaotic, uncertain and contested moment in history.

We founded Fingerprint Content with a motivating mission: to entertain for certain, but to do so through the most important stories of this turbulent time.

In a world where truth is battered and buffered on all sides and in an age where facts are under assault, our work is founded on a first principle: authenticity matters most. We won't reinvent reality; we will reveal it.

We won't tell our audiences what to believe or who to listen to; we will let the stories tell themselves through compelling characters who connect with our collective conscience.

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