How ‘Howards End’ and ‘Little Women’ Producer Colin Callender Stays Ahead of the Premium TV Curve

Theater-bred UK producer Colin Callender stays ahead of the competition by mining the rich intersection of theater, film, and television.

Back in 1983, he produced the Emmy-winning nine-hour miniseries of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby,” the first original program for Channel 4.

He moved stateside in 1986 to shepherd and define the first decade of HBO Films, from Gus Van Sant’s Palme d’Or–winning “Elephant” to Mike Nichols’ “Angels in America,” starring Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, and Meryl Streep.Callender has chased quality ever since, with such tony productions as “Wolf Hall”, Broadway’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” and this season’s limited-series Emmy-contending literary adaptations “Howards End” (BBC/Starz) and “Little Women” (BBC/Masterpiece Theater), both directed by women.“I wanted to take the high road,” he said.

“There is an audience hungry for it and not being served, and that only got more true.

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