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Sophie King

For her narrative work, Sophie was selected by BFI Net.Work x BAFTA Crew and subsequently signed to Independent Talent. She has a BA in Film from Kings College London and is a graduate of the NFTS Diverse Directors Workshop. Her award-winning shorts have been screened at BAFTA and Oscar qualifying festivals globally. Sophie’s work can be viewed on Amazon Prime Video, Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player and Apple TV+, and has been praised by the likes of Time Out, The Guardian and The Times. Her focus is on telling darkly comedic tales that pack a punch. She has recently directed TV pilot Disability Benefits starring Rosie Jones, coming to Channel 4 this spring.

In the branded space, Sophie has produced high end TVCs and content series around the world for brands including Microsoft, Sennheiser, Diageo and Amazon. She has devised, directed and creatively led recurrent content for Netflix’s UK, USA and EMEA channels, as well as directing work for Warner Music, Mulberry, Dove and Lancôme amongst others, with a focus on emotive, human-led stories with a smile.

Her film Disability Benefits, starring Rosie Jones, has received plaudits and marks her first piece of work for Merman albeit with our TV and long form arm of the company.

Better still and more recently, Sophie contributed to the prestigious, and oh so difficult and frustrating, Straight8 Shootout for which she won the Audience Award, aka the biggest round of applause at the first glance premiere screenings in Cannes. This was an amazing achievement and the perfect introduction to life at Merman. It showcased Sophie’s playful side, her comedic bones and also her forgetful nature (that’s her in the film, and her baby!)

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