Colin Callender is an award winning theatre, film and television producer who founded the New York and London based production company Playground in 2012.
Playground’s recent theatre productions on Broadway include: Nora Ephron’s Tony nominated Lucky Guy directed by George C. Wolfe starring Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut, Harvey Fierstein’s Tony nominated Casa Valentina directed by Joe Mantello, the Tony award winning revival of musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Jez Butterworth’s The River directed by Ian Rickson starring Hugh Jackman, and Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s critically acclaimed production of Macbeth at The Park Avenue Armory in New York.
Recent television productions include the award winning six-part BBC miniseries Wolf Hall directed by Peter Kosminsky starring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis and Claire Foy, Richard Eyre’s adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser for the BBC starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins, and Ken Lonergan’s upcoming four hour adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Howards End for the BBC.
Callender began his career as stage manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre working with David Hare and Sam Sheppard. He won an Emmy for his work as producer of the television adaptation of the RSC’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby for Channel 4, a Tony award for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and a Golden Globe and Bafta award for Wolf Hall. As the long time president of HBO Films, he was responsible for an unprecedented award winning slate of movies and miniseries, including Mike Nichols’ celebrated adaptation of Angels in America starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson, and Gus van Sant’s Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Elephant.
Callender is a Trustee of the New York Public Theater and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He received a Knighthood in the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours list for his services to British film, theatre and television in the US.