Preethi Mavahalli, the in-house drama director of Sky Studios, has joined Ben Stephenson’s transatlantic independent production company, Poison Pen Studios, which is supported by ITV Studios.
In the coming year, Mavahalli, a former ITV Studios-backed Mammoth Screen Drama Director, will serve as Creative Director under Stephenson, a former BBC Drama head and Head of the TV at JJ Abram’s Bad Robot.
In July, he made the announcement that he was leaving Bad Robot to start the shingle, which will produce high-end, premium drama TV on both sides of the Atlantic, with backing from ITV Studios.
When he made the decision to launch his own business, he said, “There was only one person I wanted by my side.” “Preethi is a very charming and talented individual with wonderful taste and a solid track record. I am very excited to start working with her, have fun, and create some fantastic drama.
Mavahalli has spent the last year serving as Sky Studios’ in-house drama director, where she has been in charge of a schedule that includes titles including The Rising and Blocco 181. Major titles like The Serpent and Noughts + Crosses from BBC/Netflix are among her Mammoth Screen credits.
Working with Ben, a producer she has long admired, is “a dream of an opportunity,” she remarked.