Peter Rudge

Associate Professor

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I have more than 25 years experience in the film industry and in 2011 was co-founder of the spin out company Grand Independent – a film production and distribution company based in Staffordshire. I began my career as a reader working for Hollywood studios including Universal and Columbia pictures. I have sold original screenplays to the major studios as well as working as a writer on feature adaptations. I moved into producing with recent credits including Associate Producer on feature films The Perfect Burger (2009) and Soulboy (2010). I am a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and The British Kinomatograph, Sound and Television Society.

Professional memberships and activities

Professional Memberships

  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts
  • Writers Guild of Great Britain
  • British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society
  • Producers forum

Academic qualifications

  • MA Film and Television Studies

  • BA Photographic Arts


Screenwriting, Producing, financial models for film production, film marketing and distribution.

External Validations, Programme Reviews and Consultancy

2013 – External Examiner – MA Film Finance, University of West London
2012 - Salford University, BSc Professional Broadcast Techniques
2009 - North Staffordshire Film and Digital Media Development Strategy. Report Commissioned by
Stoke On Trent City Council
2008 - Lincoln University, MSc Film Production

Research interests

  • Film producing, film finance, higher education/industry partnerships

  • PhD in film finance models

    Selected Publications
  • ‘Film Education for the Film Industry’. (2004) Showreel. No.3 2004

    Conference Talks
  • Digital Hollywood Conference, Los Angeles, 2007.
  • Panel Speaker – Re-inventing Hollywood Production; business models for the new multi platform industry.

    Feature Films
  • Associate Producer, Souled Out. 2008
  • Associate Producer, The Perfect Burger. 2009

Enterprise and commercial interests

Formed spin out company Grand Independent in 2011



Level 4 – Business and Production Management 1
Level 5 – Business and Production Management 2
Advanced Scriptwriting
Level 6 – Marketing and Distribution for Film and TV


MSc Digital Feature Film Production

Postgraduate supervision

Postgraduate Study Supervision Areas: 

  • Screenwriting
  • Creative Industries
  • Film and Television Industries


Beyond the Blue EconomyCreative Industries and Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States (2021)

Everyone Loves Chris – Character, Structure and the Hero’s Journey. New Model Cinema (2012)

History, Cinema and The King’s Speech. New Model Cinema (2011)
Why the Credit Crunch is Good for Independent Filmmakers. New Model Cinema (2011)

Recent Selected Credits

Partner in Crime – 2013. Executive Producer. Feature UK – in post production.
Cold Turkey – 2013. Executive Producer. Feature, UK
After Cease to Exist – 2012. Executive Producer. Feature. UK
Soulboy – 2010. Associate Producer. Feature. UK/Ireland co-production.
The Perfect Burger – 2009. Associate Producer/Script Editor. Feature. UK

Conference presentation/speaking

2013 – New Model Cinema Symposium, Stoke On Trent – Keynote Speech, Building Sustainable Feature Film Production within a Higher Education Framework

2010 – London Screenwriting Festival – Panel speaker

2009 – Media Summitt, New York – Panel Speaker, Valuing and Financing Media & Technology: From Corporate Strategic Investment, VC & Equity to Crowdfunding

2008 – The University Project at Digital Hollywood Conference, Los Angeles – Panel Speaker, Global Media Strategies:Developing the Next Generation of Entertainment, Media & Technology Thinkers and Visionaries.

2007 – Digital Hollywood Conference, Los Angeles - Panel Speaker, Reinventing Hollywood Production – New Rules for the Multi-Platform Film, TV & Video Industry.

UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

for Course Content

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021