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Empress Films tells the world’s
most compelling true stories.

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.

About Us

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.


Having been founded in 2020, Empress's most recent work includes the series ‘Epstein's Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell' (Peacock and Sky) 'DIANA' (CNN Original Documentaries) ‘The Black Cop’ (Guardian Documentaries) with other titles airing across platforms and streamers in 2022/23. 

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 christina.kuo@caa.com

Meet the Team

Producer and Editor

Eloise is an Editor and Producer at Empress Films, who has worked with Emma for five 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.

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Emma Cooper
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.

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Kate Glover
Executive Assistant

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.


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