About

Trademark is a London-based film, television and theatre production company founded by BAFTA and Academy Award winning film producer David Parfitt.

Trademark's debut production was the acclaimed 2001 adaptation of Dodie Smith’s much loved novel I Capture The Castle. This was followed by Chasing Liberty in 2003, A Bunch Of Amateurs in 2009, and My Week with Marilyn in 2011. Trademark's first television production was Parade's End, a 5x1hr miniseries for BBC and HBO, co-produced with Mammoth Screen.

Our newest feature film Red Joan is currently in post-production, and scheduled for release in 2019. Adapted from the novel by Jennie Rooney, and based on true events, it's the story of one woman hiding an incredible past as one of the most influential spies in living history.


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Trademark Team


David Parfitt


David Parfitt has worked as a London-based independent film, television and theatre producer for over 30 years.

His film credits include Henry V, Peter's Friends, Much Ado about Nothing, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, The Madness of King George, The Wings of The Dove (both nominated for four Academy Awards), Twelfth Night, Shakespeare In Love (winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and four BAFTA Awards including Best Film) and Gangs of New York (Production Consultant).

David worked as an actor before co-founding the Renaissance Theatre Company with Kenneth Branagh. Between 1987 and 1991, the company were involved in various celebrated Shakespeare productions including Twelfth Night, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, As You like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear and Coriolanus.

He founded Trademark Films in 1999, and began production shortly after on the acclaimed 2001 film adaptation of Dodie Smith’s novel I Capture the Castle. This was followed by Chasing Liberty, A Bunch of Amateurs, and My Week with Marilyn.

Television credits with Trademark include Parade's End, co-produced with Mammoth Screen for the BBC and HBO, The Wipers Times written by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman, and the BBC4 documentaries Glyndebourne: The Untold History and Birth of an Opera.

In 2017, Trademark completed production on the Polish/UK co-production Loving Vincent, a unique hand-painted/live-action animation based on the paintings of Van Gogh. 2019 will see the release of David’s latest film Red Joan based on the novel by Jennie Rooney. The film stars Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson.

Projects in development include a newly commissioned adaptation of Laura Barnett’s debut novel The Versions Of Us, and a feature film adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ The Girl at the Lion d’Or.

Liz Barron


Liz Barron co-founded Trademark Films with David Parfitt in 1999, and has been Finance Director and Production Finance Executive on all Trademark productions ever since.

Liz qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, and made a move into the arts world as Financial Controller of The Japan Festival in 1991. She spent the subsequent years as a production accountant, company accountant and advisor to several arts organisations.

As Head of Finance and Production Accountant for Renaissance Films during the 1990s, she worked with David Parfitt on a number of films including Peter’s Friends, Much Ado About Nothing, The Madness of King George, Wings of the Dove and Shakespeare in Love.

Trademark Partnerships


Ivan Mactaggart


Ivan Mactaggart was a director of Trademark Films from 2009–2018 when he left to form the Cambridge Picture Company. Ivan and Trademark are still working closely on a number co-productions.

Ivan is a feature film and television producer with 28 years of industry experience. At Trademark, Ivan co-produced and executive produced My Week With Marilyn and the BBC/HBO 5 x 1hr drama Parade’s End.

Prior to Trademark, Ivan had a 20-year career in film financing. Working in senior roles for companies including BMS Finance, BBC Films, BBC Worldwide, Baker Street Media Finance, The Works and Signpost Films, Ivan backed some of the most successful British films in recent history. These include Billy Elliott, Bend it Like Beckham, Made in Dagenham, Moon and Shallow Grave.

Ivan recently produced the ground-breaking feature animation Loving Vincent, starring Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd and Aidan Turner.

He is currently co-producing Red Joan, starring Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson.

Bob Benton


Bob Benton is a director of Trademark Touring and is partnering Trademark Films on several development projects through his companies Bob & Co and The Anthology Group.

Bob has acted as an adviser, a fundraiser, and an investor in content for over 20 years. Having enjoyed a 30-year career in broking and investment banking, Bob transferred his expertise to the development and production of media content.

He founded Bob & Co in 2010, which rebranded as the Anthology Group in 2018. Bob has executive produced multiple productions across film, theatre, and television.

Cleone Clarke


Cleone Clarke is a freelance producer who has worked in film and television development and production for over twenty years.

She has worked for Trademark in various capacities since it was founded in 1999. Credits include the Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominated Loving Vincent, The Wipers Times, My Week With Marilyn, A Bunch Of Amateurs, Chasing Liberty, and I Capture The Castle.

She also worked extensively with Trademark founder David Parfitt on Shakespeare In Love (winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture & three BAFTA Awards including Best Film), The Wings Of The Dove (winner of two BAFTA Awards), Twelfth Night and The Madness Of King George (winner of one Academy Award and two BAFTA Awards, including Best British Film).

Television credits include the two BBC Four documentaries Birth Of An Opera and Glyndebourne: The Untold History.

Cleone is currently in post production on Red Joan starring Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Karl Sydow


Karl Sydow is an award-winning stage and film producer, and one of the UK’s most successful theatrical entrepreneurs. Karl was an Executive Producer on Red Joan and is partnering with Trademark on several development projects.

Karl’s entry to theatre came when he set up First Call in 1985, which went on to become the UK’s largest live event ticketing company. He is currently the lead international producer of the hugely successful Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story.

The record-breaking UK tour of Dirty Dancing has grossed over £90m and has recently toured France, Italy, Australia, Germany, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Denmark and Belgium.

On Broadway, Karl has produced/co-produced The Seagull, All My Sons, American Buffalo and Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker (6 Tony nominations, NY Critics Award Best Foreign Play, Olivier Award Best Play).

Karl is currently producing Sting’s musical The Last Ship.

Mark Cooper


Mark Cooper has spent the last 25 years producing feature films for both US Studios and the Major Independent sector. He line produced Shakespeare in Love, winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

He also co-produced Wings of a Dove, The Madness of King George, Much Ado about Nothing, Chocolat, Proof, Derailed and Amazing Grace. All of these films were made for between $15-30 million, demonstrating that the UK can produce great quality films on a tight budget.

More recently he produced Will shot in London, Paris and Turkey, co-produced The Other Boleyn Girl for Sony, My Week with Marilyn with Trademark Films, The Wife starring Glen Close and Jonathan Pryce, and most recently The White Crow directed by Ralph Fiennes.

Mark has produced projects in China, Thailand, America, Turkey and all over Europe. Mark was Head of Production for Renaissance Films from 1992-1996 and Vice Chair for The UK Production Guild for several years.