Karen Newman

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Karen is an award-winning producer from the UK who moved in to producing following a highly successful career in Global Events Management in the City of London.  Her former training as an actor combined with her exceptional organisational skills and financial acumen make her an outstanding Creative Producer.  


Her debut feature film, Just Charlie, has achieved critical acclaim around the world and won many awards including the prestigious Audience Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and most recently the Grand Prix in the Ecran Juniors in Cannes 2019. It has been sold to many territories internationally including Amazon in the USA and most recently to SKY cinema in the UK.


Hidden Door Productions has produced a number of privately financed short films including “Lady M” starring Samantha Bond (Tomorrow Never Dies, the World is not Enough) and Eleanor Bron (A Little Princess, Black Beauty) “Bertie” starring Alison Steadman (Life is Sweet, Gavin and Stacey) and Arthur Darvill (Dr Who, Broadchurch) and "Down" starring Amanda Donohoe (LA Law, Emmerdale) and Paul Barber (Only Fools and Horses, The Full Monty) These films have done extremely well at festivals, been BAFTA long listed and have secured distribution deals.


Karen is president of the Timothy Welling Bursary, an award and mentoring scheme set up with E15 Drama School designed to support and nurture a student in their final year of training.

Karen is currently producing several projects including “Love Without Walls", written and Directed by Jane Gull (My Feral Heart) Starring Shana Swash and Niall McNamee.


Karen lives in Hertfordshire with her crazy but loveable black Labrador, Maisy and a much loved 2CV called Patrick. #2CVPatrick


Karen is a member of Equity, BECTU, WFTV, Zurich Film Festival Master Class 2017, Cannes Producers Network 2018, 2019. Hidden Door Productions is a member of PACT

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