Festival Film & TV was founded in 1992 by independent
producer, Ray Marshall.
The company is best known for its successful Catherine Cookson mini series, which became a major ITV brand. In all, Festival produced 15 mini-series for ITV, based on the novels by best-selling author Dame Catherine Cookson.
This popular franchise not only attracted large audiences but also some of the cream of British acting talent including Catherine Zeta Jones, Robson Green, Sean Bean, Emily Mortimer, Nigel Havers, James Fox, Claire Skinner, Ray Stevenson, Emilia Fox, Janet McTeer, Art Malik, Bob Peck, Samantha Bond and many more.
The company was also responsible for the acclaimed one-off TV film for ITV, HALF BROKEN THINGS, a psychological thriller starring Penelope Wilton and Daniel Mays.
Festival’s first feature film, MAN DANCIN’, was a contemporary thriller with a spiritual element, set in Glasgow’s gangland and starred Alex Ferns, Tom Georgeson, Kenneth Cranham and James Cosmo, released theatrically in 2004.
Through his American company What If It Barks Films Ltd., Ray also produced THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, the New York-set rom-com starring Zac Efron, Imogen Poots, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordon. The film was released world-wide in January 2014. Ray’s most recent movie, the prank comedy JERKED, premiered at SXSW 2014 and will be released theatrically later this year.