AbbottVision is a unique independent production company with an attached writers’ studio, established in 2008 by the multi award-winning writer, creator and producer Paul Abbott.
Responsible for the critically-lauded police drama No Offence, which ran for three series on Channel 4, AbbottVision’s other recent productions include the acclaimed BBC One drama Exile, starring John Simm and Jim Broadbent, and Sky Atlantic’s first UK drama commission Hit & Miss, with Chlo? Sevigny.
AbbottVision has been listed as one of the top 20 names in broadcasting and described by The Guardian as “an innovative model for the creation and production of world-class drama”. By combining a production company with a writers’ studio, AbbottVision has developed a hugely creative environment for both established and newer writers to work in, accelerating the turnaround from format conception to script, through to full production.
Paul Abbott is an English television screenwriter and producer, acclaimed for his work on many popular series, including Coronation Street and Cracker, and for creating some of the UK’s most ground-breaking television, such as Touching Evil, Linda Green and Clocking Off. Paul is perhaps best known for Shameless, a hugely successful black comedy he created for Channel 4, which aired from 2004 to 2013 in the UK and is about to shoot its twelfth series in the US. The show won Best Drama Series at the BAFTA TV Awards and Best TV Comedy Drama at the British Comedy Awards, while the US remake starring William H Macey is multi-Emmy winning and has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. In total, Shameless has received 14 award wins and 64 nominations.
Paul was also the writer behind State of Play, a British political thriller first broadcast on BBC One in 2003 that went on to a major Hollywood remake starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and Helen Mirren.
Paul has won Royal Television Society awards for his writing work on No Offence, Instinct, Shameless and Clocking Off, as well as being recognised with countless other awards, including at the Primetime Emmy Awards, the BAFTAs and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards.
AbbottVision has built on this success, with Paul bringing on Partner, Martin Carr, and Head of Production, Paul Coe, in 2012 to manage the business and expand its production in both television and film. As Partner and Executive Producer, Martin brings a wide range of experience in the business having worked in television, cinema, interactive, IMAX, commercials and distribution, for companies including the BBC and Formosa Films.
The company is perhaps best known for its acclaimed Channel 4 series No Offence, which starred Joanna Scanlan as the protagonist Detective Inspector Viv Deering and followed a team of detectives from Friday Street Police Station in the fictional Manchester Metropolitan Police. The first episode launched in May 2015 with 2.5 million viewers, Channel 4’s biggest midweek drama launch for more than three years. The show won Best Drama Series at the Royal Television Society Awards in 2016 and was nominated for a BAFTA and two Broadcast Awards in the same year.
Other AbbottVision successes include Exile, a psychological thriller that secured BAFTA nominations for John Simm, for his role as Tom Ronstadt, and director John Alexander, and Hit & Miss, about a transgender contract killer that premiered in 2012.
The company has grown considerably throughout its first decade and now has bases in Manchester, London and Los Angeles, developing shows for BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4. AbbottVision has borrowed from the US model to develop a writing studio, allowing a broad range of world-class writers to workshop ideas from development through to production in a relaxed environment.