Ingenious Media was founded by Patrick McKenna in 1998. It is best known for its investments in media, especially film and television drama, but has invested widely in the media and creative industries - from music publishing to marketing services. More recently it has diversified by making investments and building businesses in the energy, infrastructure, property and education sectors.
Ingenious has financed more than two hundred Studio and independent films including some of the industry's biggest commercial hits (Avatar, Rise of Planet of the Apes and Life of Pi). It has financed more than 130 independent films, including (in alphabetical order): A United Kingdom; Bel Ami; Bride and Prejudice; Brooklyn; Carol; Churchill; City of Tiny Lights; Decameron; Dom Hemingway; Duke of Burgundy; Girl with a Pearl Earring; Hallam Foe; Happy Go Lucky; High Rise; Hotel Rwanda; How to Talk to Girls at Parties; Journey's End; Mistress of Spices; Mr Turner; Pride; Selma; Street Dance; Suffragette; Testament of Youth; The Limehouse Golem; Their Finest; Vera Drake; and Viceroy's House.
Ingenious Broadcasting has produced more than 600 hours of prime-time TV drama working on more than 140 shows, including Foyle's War, Rev, Kingdom, The Reckoning, Law and Order: UK, Monroe, Doc Martin, Primeval, Case Histories, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Zen, Neverland, An Honourable Woman, The Fall, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and Doctor Foster.
Ingenious also has a long standing association with the theatre industry. Patrick McKenna has for many years been chairman of the Young Vic Theatre Company and is a former CEO of the Really Useful Group (Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar amongst other shows).