Jonathan Rawlinson - Managing Director
Jonathan set up Contented Productions in 2010. Prior to setting up Contented Jonathan worked with Discovery Networks Europe and a range of different advertising agencies and brands to develop, produce and distribute branded content.
Before working at Discovery Jonathan worked extensively as a consultant to TBWA’s content division Stream. Jonathan developed and produced content for clients including Orange, Playstation, Muller, Nissan, Capital Partners and the Virgin One Account. During this time Jonathan also produced work for HSBC via Hubbub, an independent content agency and their parent company, digital agency Grand Union.
From 1998-2004 Jonathan ran the First Film Foundation a non-profit organisation devoted to identifying, developing and promoting new filmmaking talent. Jonathan’s role encompassed initiating, fundraising for and teaching on the various projects run by First Film. These initiatives ranged from script development programmes, short film production schemes, International talent showcases and publications.
Prior to joining First Film, Jonathan worked his way up through various freelance production grades to become a producer and production manager for leading UK production companies and broadcasters including the BBC, Channel Four, ITV, Paramount Comedy Channel, Palace Pictures, Granada Film and Imagine Films. Jonathan has worked with a range of talent and produced series for Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg (director and writer of HOT FUZZ & SHAUN OF THE DEAD and co-creators of cult UK sitcom SPACED), David Walliams & Matt Lucas (writer performers on UK hit TV series LITTLE BRITAIN), Jonathan also worked on the early short films of Tom Vaughan and helped to launch his feature film career (Director of WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS and STARTER FOR TEN) Jonathan’s last production managing job prior to joining First Film was on low-budget UK comedy hit HUMAN TRAFFIC.
Jonathan also works regularly as a script consultant and screenwriting trainer for film funding agencies in Europe and in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. In 2010 he co-devised and ran Springboard, a feature film and short film development programme that aimed to launch the next generation of Australian filmmakers towards making their first feature film. Short films developed on the programme won 3 separate Australian Academy for Cinema and Television awards (AACTA) and the first feature to be developed and made won best new Australian feature film. The film THESE FINAL HOURS will be released in Australia later in 2014