Martin Pope

Joint MD Magic Light Pictures

Joint CEO and co-founder of Magic Light Pictures which makes imaginative entertainment for families and children worldwide. The company directly manages production, licensing, global distribution and marketing and runs an international merchandising programme with over 50 UK licensees and many products. The company has made Oscar and Bafta nominated films from “The Gruffalo” to “Revolting Rhymes” and “Chico & Rita”.  The company manages the Gruffalo And Friends brand based on the best-selling books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Recent productions include the Christmas animated special “Tabby McTat” and Emmy and Japan prize winner “The Smeds and the Smoos”, along with “The Velveteen Rabbit” for Apple and the second series of “Pip & Posy” and its related series “Pip & Posy: Let’s Learn”.  Currently in production is an animated special for Christmas 2024.

Previous feature productions include European Film Award winner “Chico and Rita”; features “Wild Target”; “Glorious ’39”; “The Cottage”; “Touch of Pink”; “The Heart of Me”; “Lawless Heart”; as well as TV dramas such as “The Turn of the Screw” with Colin Firth.

Martin began his career at BBC Drama, where he produced films from directors including John Madden and John Schlesinger.

Martin has previously served on the board of ACE Producers including as joint Vice-President.