Wingbeat Pictures is a production company making stories for Film, TV & Online. The company was created and is run by Producer James Levison.
As Associate Producer At Daybreak Pictures James helped develop and produce high profile political dramas for television and film such as the BAFTA winning ‘Britz’, ‘The Promise’ (both by Peter Kosminsky), ‘The Trial of Tony Blair’, ‘A Very Social Secretary’ and Peabody Award winning and Emmy & Golden Globe nominated feature ‘Endgame’ by Paula Milne, which premiered at Sundance and starred William Hurt & Chiwetel Ejiofor. James also developed Channel 4 series ‘Sirens’, now a USA network series starring Dennis Leary.
Through Wingbeat Pictures, James produced the award winning short films ‘Knock Off’ and ‘Meconium’ both by Rosanne Flynn; ‘Pieces’ by Jack Weatherley and ‘Hollow Road’ by Drew Pautz. All details for each short can be found on this website. Drew and James have now been commissioned by Creative England to make their next film. James also received a commissioning agreement to develop TV & online drama for Channel 4.
As a freelance producer James produced BAFTA winning director Bruce Goodison first feature film ‘Leave to Remain’ starring Toby Jones with music by Mercury Music Award winning band Alt-J. The film premiered at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival and won the 2014 One World Media Award, Most Popular Feature. The film went on to win awards at film festivals around the world, was theatrically released in 2014 and broadcast on the BBC in 2015.
Together with Ian Prior, James set up the company Electric Sandbox focusing on making original digital series. The company's first project 'Difficult Second Coming' by Dylan Edwards & Natasha O'Keeffe, was selected for the 2016 Venice Film Festival Production Bridge section.
James was selected as an up-coming producer by the British Council and Script Factory for their 2009/2010 European Creative Collaboration Scheme, the 2010/2011 London Film Festival Think Shoot Distribute scheme and the 2011 Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab for promising up coming talent. He was selected for Film London’s Audience on Demand scheme exploring new film distribution models and is often invited as a panel member to speak about crowd funding and direct distribution for film. James is a graduate of the 2016 EAVE Producers Network Scheme.
James has a BA (Hons) degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from the University of York and a BA (Hons) in Acting from Drama Centre. He also works as a freelance commercials & corporate producer, clients include Saatchi & Saatchi and Video Arts, and is a visiting lecturer at London Film School, Goldsmiths College, London Film Academy and Regents College University.