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Natalie Usher

Director, Screen
Telephone 0131 523 0022

Areas of responsibility

Natalie leads on Creative Scotland’s work across the screen sector and delivery of the aims and ambitions set out in our Film Strategy, Creative Scotland On Screen, which was published in October 2014. Through Creative Scotland’s role as a funder, advocate, development body and influencer, Natalie is responsible for our support for the cultural and commercial film sector and our ambition to position it at the heart of Scotland’s economic and cultural life. Working in partnership with industry and public sector partners to grow and strengthen Scotland’s screen sector, Natalie oversees our support for film education, talent and skills development, film development and production, inward investment and co-productions, and distribution, exhibition and audiences.

Background and experience

Until joining Creative Scotland in May 2014, Natalie was a partner in the Film and TV Group at Lee & Thompson, one of the UK’s leading Media and Entertainment law firms, where she represented producers and financiers and specialised in the financing, production and distribution of film and TV programmes. She has extensive experience of working in the film and TV sectors in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Prior to joining Lee & Thompson, Natalie was Senior Business Affairs Executive at the UK Film Council, where she was legal advisor to the New Cinema Fund, the production fund dedicated to innovative approaches to filmmaking and the development of new talent.

Natalie also spent time as Senior Counsel at HIT Entertainment and, before that, as Head of Business Affairs at Gullane Entertainment.