Launched by award-winning film-maker and pioneering documentary producer Emma Cooper, Empress is founded on the principles of documentary story-telling. Empress works cross-genre - operating across both non-fiction and fiction - to find the most emotionally honest ways of telling unforgettable stories.
Meet the Team
Film-maker, Producer and Founder
Cooper is an independent film-maker and Executive Producer recently founding Empress Films. Prior to this she was the Global President of Non-Scripted Television at Pulse Films. Delivering a strong slate of highly regarded non-fiction films and series which have won accolades at Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto Film Festivals and premiered on Netflix and other UK and US broadcasters and streamers.
Emma’s recent credits include: The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (series Netflix) Bikram (feature Netflix) Rock and Roll (series SKY) No Greater Law (A&E Indie Films) The Deal (series BBC 2) with a number of projects currently in production launching in 2020/2021.
Having previously held the position of Commissioning Editor in Documentaries at Channel 4, Cooper has a track record for developing award-winning, innovative and trend-setting non-fiction that encouraged discussion within her strand Cutting Edge. Titles include The Fried Chicken Shop, Teens, Freshers, Going To The Dogs, Tattoos, The Jihadi Next Door, The Murder Workers, Ian Brady: Endgames of a Psychopath and Meet the Police Commissioner.
Prior to Channel 4, Emma directed and produced films for the BBC including Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles, Miami Mega-Jail and America’s Most Hated Family.
Producer and Editor
Eloise is an Editor and Producer at Empress Films, who has worked with Emma for nearly four years. After three years working at Pulse Films; from Cooper’s Assistant, to Production Assistant to Development Researcher, Eloise has worked at Empress Films since it was founded in 2019, across both the Production and Development slate.
Eloise has previously worked on projects such as The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, Bikram, No Greater Law, Inside Missguided. Eloise has cut a variety of rough cuts for films in production, and numerous development tapes which have gone on to be commissioned.
Danny Vikram Bell
Danny is a showrunner and director working in both production and development, across a wide range of genres and platforms.
Danny has made shows for YouTube and Facebook, as well as Channel 4, the BBC, ITV, Sky, and MTV both in the UK and the US, and as a Director has worked with a wide range of talent including Rhianna, Leo Messi, Naymar Jr, Zinedine Zidane, and the All Blacks. As well as writing most of the projects he produces, Danny is also a regular contributor to Vogue.
Rohina has worked for over six years in both development and production in Film & TV; working with an array of established and emerging writers and directors. Most recently as AP, she worked closely with Ricky Gervais across multiple seasons on his critically acclaimed series After Life (Netflix).
Prior to that, she worked at Pulse Films and Origin Pictures and has also worked as Director’s Assistant to BAFTA winning filmmaker Amma Asante. She has worked across Gangs Of London (HBO/Sky Atlantic), Watership Down (Netflix/BBC One) and The Woman In White (BBC One) as well as the development of Netflix’s upcoming high end TV drama adaption Atomic Bazaar.
Kate joined Empress Films in April 2021. Prior to that, she has been an Executive Assistant in music and broadcast companies for many years, working for organisations such as FremantleMedia, National Geographic & Universal Music Group.
Starting with a temp role at FremantleMedia and staying for 8 years, ending as EA to the Global CEO until 2014. She then worked for National Geographic for 2 years, picking up lots of useful information about commissioning and the greenlight process, along the way, before moving to work for the CEO of a division of Universal Music Group called Universal Advanced Media, which was responsible for the production of music events (BTS, concerts, music videos, etc.) for any artist/label under the Universal umbrella.
The company is dedicated to platforming under represented voices and creating inspiring and creatively nourishing relationships with talent across the industry. Empress works with many film-makers, producers and commissioners and in partnership with other similarly minded companies to create a body of work.
Empress is an independent production company and has offices in London, Los Angeles and Manchester.
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Maya Angelou
Emma most recently EP’d 8 part series on the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann which was the most watched programme on Netflix in the UK in 2019. And the Netflix feature Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in 2019.
Empress Film currently has multiple features and series in production.
Empress and Cooper are represented by Christina Kuo at CAA
The two companies will now work to develop a scripted series titled “Blumhouse’s Ghost Story,” with the podcast serving as the basis for the first season.
Robins, Michael Seitzman of Maniac, and Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, and Chris McCumber of Blumhouse TV will executive produce both the scripted and unscripted series. Emma Cooper is attached to produce the unscripted series via Empress Films.
Sky picks up Maxwell doc
Sky Documentaries and US streamer Peacock have jointly commissioned an original docuseries about imprisoned socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and her relationship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein’s Shadow (3×60’) will launch on NBC-owned Peacock on June 24, before airing on Sky Documentaries on June 28, when it will also become available on Sky streaming platform Now. Both Sky and NBC are subsidiaries of US giant Comcast.
Jennifer Harkness, Emma Cooper, Barbara Shearer, Nina Burleigh, Sam Sniderman and Laura Michalchyshyn serve as executive producers with Michael McKinley as co-executive producer.