A 30+ year career in Film and TV Post-Production and Distribution. A self-motivated entrepreneur, founding and heading the first female led, International Technical Services company. Experienced at fusing technical and creative knowledge with commercial insights. Actively involved in researching and adopting new technology for workflows, however big or small.
In 2003 Rebecca Hawkes founded Schedule 2, a highly innovative, London based, independent Technical Services company. With technology and digital offering seismic change and presenting challenges in the industry, Hawkes saw opportunity and built the company from ground level to multi-million Dollar turnover within 5 years. Creating and leading a team of Account Managers, Heads of Technical, Digital Cinema and Post-Production, meant Schedule 2 gained a reputation of technical expertise and excellence. Always ensuring artistic integrity and working efficiently in accordance with industry standards, Schedule 2 worked with some of the finest, critically acclaimed, filmmakers of our time. Hawkes oversaw the global distribution of 13 Woody Allen features and worked on a regular basis with Wim Wenders, Mike Leigh, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jim Jarmusch, Lone Scherfig, Asif Kapadia, Takashi Miike and Julien Temple, to name a few.
Hawkes maintained full responsibility for all areas of leadership, client relationship management, financial oversight/business development, networking, strategic planning and change management.
Hawkes developed and sustained relationships with US and European studios such Fox Searchlight , Warner’s, Studio Canal, Netflix, Disney and Apple. Additionally, working and negotiating with key post-production vendors globally to ensure Schedule 2 could offer the best service for filmmakers. Hawkes collaborated with Sundog Media Toolkit to offer an in-house, cloud based digital cinema service. This gave Sundog the opportunity to trial their software in the independent sector and supported Hawkes’ ambition to deploy effective strategies to enable a technology-based workflow for delivery and distribution.
From 1983 to 2003 Hawkes headed Technical and Distribution departments for International Sales companies and Distributors including Transworld Television, Cori Films, Thorn EMI, Cannon International, Capitol Films and Goldcrest Films International, where she coordinated the delivery and release of over 500 feature films.
Hawkes started her career at Kay Film Laboratories, London in 1983. Here she developed an invaluable knowledge and passion of the filmmaking process, which has remained ever since.
Hawkes is a regular panellist for BAFTA, Cannes Film Festival, MIP TV, UK Women in Film and TV and Sheffield Documentary Festival. She is a visiting lecturer at The National Film and TV School, Inside Pictures and University of Sunderland.
Hawkes is a voting member for both BAFTA and BIFA. She is also a member of UK Women in Film and TV and has acted as a mentor.
Blue Jasmine, Amy, Mr. Turner, Only Lovers Left Alive, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Last Emperor (re-master), Don’t Come Knocking