Stephen Cornwell co-founded The Ink Factory in 2010 with his brother Simon. After working as an award-winning photojournalist, Cornwell moved to California in the late 1980s to join the MA program at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. His graduate film led to him directing two independent features and a TV movie for Showtime before he focused on his work as a screenwriter. In the following 15 years, Cornwell wrote for most of the major Hollywood studios, working with numerous directors and producers including Ridley Scott, Guy Ritchie, Kathleen Kennedy, Joel Silver, Doug Liman, Frank Marshall, Thomas Tull and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
Stephen's writing partner Oliver Butcher, Cornwell co-wrote 2011's Unknown starring Liam Neeson. With The Ink Factory, in addition to executive producing The Night Manager, Stephen produced Anton Corbijn’s 2014 adaption of A Most Wanted Man; produced Our Kind of Traitor, directed by Susanna White and starring Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård and Naomie Harris; co-wrote and produced Message from the King, directed by Fabrice du Welz and starring Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer and Alfred Molina (to be released in 2016); and produced Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the novel by Ben Fountain and starring Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Garret Hedlund, Chris Tucker and Vin Diesel (also to be released in 2016). With The Ink Factory’s sister company, Giant Squid, Cornwell has also produced Abzu, a new narrative interactive video game from multi-award-winning creator Matt Nava, for release on PS4 and PC in 2016. The prototype of Abzu was the recipient of multiple awards at E3 2015 in Los Angeles.