Newman Street

Paul Marquess heads up Newman Street. The labels’ latest commission –Suspects for Channel 5 – epitomises what Newman Street is all about - drama inspired by real people with storytelling that reflects real lives.

Our Team

Paul Marquess, Managing Director Paul Marquess, Managing Director

Paul Marquess established Newman Street in 2012. Paul originated and developed the idea for highly popular ITV drama, Footballers’ Wives, and has been executive producer for The Bill (for ITV), Brookside and Hollyoaks (for Channel 4) and Family Affairs (for Channel Five). He also created and executive produced MIT: Murder Investigation Team for ITV. Paul is also co-creator and Executive Producer of Crime Stories (ITV) and Suspects (Channel 5).

Jake Riddell, Producer

Jake began his career with BBC Drama, working in production on series including, Silent Witness, Eastenders and Casualty before making the switch to script editing. He first worked with Paul Marquess on The Bill as a story producer, during which time the show was nominated for a BAFTA. Before joining the team at Newman Street productions, Jake spent the last ten years writing for a broad range of continuing dramas for ITV, the BBC and Channel 5.

Claire Fryer, Producer

Claire began her career as Creative Director of a theatre company in West Yorkshire before moving into TV. She trained as a script editor with Carlton Television on Peak Practice and, passionate about popular drama, worked on many of the Nation’s most popular long running series including Holby City, Eastenders, Hollyoaks, Waterloo Road and The Bill. It was whilst working on The Bill that Claire met Paul Marquess who, seeing her potential, promoted her to story editor and subsequently employed Claire as Development Producer at Cliffhanger Productions. Whilst working on Hollyoaks Claire produced her first series, post-watershed spin-off, Hollyoaks Later for E4.