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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.

Empress's latest projects include the three-part-series Who Killed Jill Dando? (Netflix, Top 10 for 2 weeks), Depp V. Heard (Netflix/C4, No.1 in 88 countries), The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes (Netflix, No.1), BAFTA-winning Short-Documentary The Black Cop (BFI, Doc Society, Guardian Docs), DIANA (CNN), Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein's Shadow (SKY).

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.

“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

Before Empress, Emma Cooper  EP’d the 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

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