Simon Oakes is Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media Group and President & CEO of Hammer. Together with Exclusive Media COO Marc Schipper, he led the acquisition and recapitalization of Hammer in 2007.
In 2012, Oakes produced The Woman In Black starring Daniel Radcliffe, directed by James Watkins and adapted by Jane Goldman from the classic novel by Susan Hill. The film was a global critical and box office success, breaking UK box office records to become the highest grossing British horror for twenty years. Oakes is currently working on The Woman In Black: Angel of Death, which continues the story from the original film as well as the supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones, starring Sam Claflin and Jared Harris, which is due for release in 2013.
Over the past two years, Oakes has led the extension and development of the Hammer brand to incorporate a book publishing deal with Random House, creating collaborations with authors such as Jeanette Winterson and Helen Dunmore. He has also helped to develop the ‘Hammer Theatre of Horror’, which launched in January 2013 with The Almeida Theatre’s The Turn of the Screw.
In December 2012, Oakes launched a new Exclusive Media Television division after negotiating a first look development and distribution deal with FremantleMedia Enterprises. He has also secured a partnership with Paragon Entertainment to develop, build and operate a series of UK based ‘Hammer House of Horror’ visitor attractions which are currently in development.
In addition to The Woman In Black, his other producer credits include Let Me In, directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and The Resident, starring Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Christopher Lee. His executive producer credits include Wake Wood, starring Timothy Spall, Aiden Gillen and Eva Birthistle, and The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir and starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris.
Prior to his role at Hammer, Simon Oakes was Managing Director of UPCTV and subsequently Head of Content at Chellomedia, the content distributor of John Malone’s Liberty Global, Inc., Europe’s largest cable company.
In his early career, Oakes was Managing Director of Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel’s production company Cucumber Productions (producers of Max Headroom), founder of Crossbow Films and also a founding producer of The Comic Strip.
The Woman In Black (2012) (producer)
Let Me In (2010) (producer)
The Resident (2010) (producer)
Wake Wood (2010) (executive producer)
The Way Back (2010) (executive producer)