Miles Ketley is CEO of Simon Pegg’s and Nick Frost’s TV and feature film production company, Stolen Picture, which has been backed by Sony TV International. Miles is also a partner of the media financier Stone Story.
Miles has previously been COO at the independent TV production company Bad Wolf and was the co-head of the Film and TV Group at Wiggin LLP, the UK’s largest media law-firm, which he joined from his role as a VP at Fox Searchlight Pictures. He founded the group at Wiggin with his business partner Charles Moore with whom he was the only lawyer in private practice in the UK who had also been a studio executive in Los Angeles. This unique experience enabled Ketley and Moore to represent many of the world’s leading film and TV producers, financiers and distributors ranging from all of the US studios to many of the UK’s leading independent producers. With a presence in both the US studio system and the European independent world, they were ideally placed to be executive producers to source finance and distribution for content as entrepreneurs rather than as lawyers. This started with the feature film of Alan Bennet’s play The History Boys the deal for which the firm went on to win the FT Innovation Award. Subsequent projects included BBC Worldwide’s then most significant off-balance sheet funding deal which Ketley borkered with India’s Reliance Entertainment to fund a slate of natural history projects including the animated feature film re-boot of the Walking With Dinosaurs brand. Ketley’s last executive producer credits before leaving the firm are The Lady in the Van and Dad’s Army.
In addition to his other NED roles within the industry, Ketley is a trustee of the Independent Cinema Office.