Bonafide is a TV drama and film production company based in London and Newcastle.
Margery Bone - Managing Director
Margery Bone is managing director of Bonafide, originally established in Newcastle Upon Tyne and subsequently in London in 2010. As well as MD, Margery is an Executive Producer for Bonafide along with Elwen Rowlands and oversees the company’s slate, which most recently includes 6 part drama The Last Post by BAFTA winning writer Peter Moffat for BBC 1. Margery is also working with Peter Straughan following on from their collaboration on Nosferatu in Love, including an adaptation of award winning author George Saunder’s novella Bounty for Film 4. She produced Bonafide’s Undercover for Dave and Exec Produced Talking to the Dead by Gwyneth Hughes. Previously to Bonafide, Margery was head of development and then producer for film for Tomboy Films and then Thomas Thomas Films in London, as well as working extensively as a freelancer in film development and production, including producing feature film Shooters, starring Adrian Dunbar, Gerard Butler, Ioan Gruffydd, distributed by Universal and BBC’s Rough Justice.
Elwen Rowlands - Creative Director
Elwen Rowlands manages Bonafide's extensive slate together with Margery Bone, working with emerging talent as well as established writers and directors. For Bonafide she produced crime serial Talking To The Dead and Executive Produced Nosferatu In Love. She is working on a number of film and TV projects for BBC1, Film 4 and Channel 4. Previously she worked extensively in television both in the independent sector, with companies such as Kudos and Ecosse, and in-house at BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky. She is a Law graduate who started her career as an acquisitions assistant at Channel 4, going on to script edit Doctor Who at the BBC before joining Kudos where she script edited Life on Mars and produced Wide Sargasso Sea. She also produced the pilot for crime series Vera for ITV. Before joining Bonafide she worked as a commissioning editor at Sky where she commissioned some of the Playhouse Presents Films for Sky Arts and executive produced a range of shows.
Hayley Manning - Head of Production and Finance
Hayley Manning is an accomplished Line Producer, Post Production Supervisor and Head of Production in both feature and television production. Prior to going freelance in 2011 Hayley worked for nearly 10 years with Ipso Facto Films as their Head of Production and Chief Operating Officer, running the various interests of the conglomerate including over 15 feature films. Her extensive experience includes working with producers and crew from development through to post and delivery across a number of European coproductions. More recently she was Line Producer on Bonafide's sitcom series Undercover, and has since joined Bonafide as Head of Production utilising her keen and well placed skills in company management, business affairs and financials.
Sam Costin - Development Executive
Sam Costin is Bonafide’s Development Executive, working with Margery and Elwen across the development slate with both new and established talent. He worked in development at Mammoth Screen for a number of years, going onto script edit three series of Endeavour and a pilot and series of Agatha Raisin for the company. He subsequently worked across the adaptations of JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike detective novels for Brontë Film & TV, as well as script editing Mike Bartlett’s Press for Lookout Point/BBC Studios. Prior to working in television, Sam dabbled in arts journalism and read history at University College London.
Lawrence Mason – Assistant to the Executives and Office Manager
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2011, Lawrence was accepted to the National Film and Television School on the Production Management course. On completing the course, Lawrence worked in Production Offices for films such as Maleficent, Mortdecai and The Danish Girl, alongside producing a number of music videos and award-winning shorts. Before joining Bonafide in 2017, Lawrence was at Working Title Films for several years as the Production Co-ordinator, working on a range of projects including Bridget Jones’s Baby, Darkest Hour and The Snowman.
Luke Stapleton – Development Assistant
Having graduated in MA Screenwriting at Liverpool John Moores University in 2014, for which he was awarded a BAFTA scholarship and mentored by The Last Post creator Peter Moffat, Luke has previously worked as a freelance Script Reader for companies including LA Productions and Euston Films, as well as an intern for Rocket Pictures and Development Researcher for SKY TV.