President of Cove Pictures

Patrick Milling Smith is a film, theatre, commercial and music video producer who co-founded international production company SMUGGLER alongside Brian Carmody. Since its inception, SMUGGLER has twice taken home the coveted Cannes Lions Palme d’Or as well as the Cannes Lions Grand Prix, AICP Awards, Tony’s, Olivier’s, the Emmy, the Grammy and D&AD Pencils. SMUGGLER has also been recognized as Production Company of the Year several times by the Clio Awards, British Arrows, and Creativity Magazine.

In 2012, Patrick produced the Broadway adaptation of the Oscar-winning musical Once which garnered 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical along with the 2013 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. In addition to touring the US, Once is currently playing in Toronto, Korea and London’s West End where it was nominated for six Olivier Awards including Best Musical and went on to win two.

In 2014 Patrick founded Here Be Dragons, a Virtual Reality Production Studio, with filmmaker and digital artist Chris Milk.


Partner of Cove Pictures

Born in Skibbereen, Ireland, Brian Carmody came to LA in April of 1994 to work for Propaganda Films. He quickly became the Head of Sales for Propaganda’s sister company, Satellite, where he sourced and managed some of the world’s best and pioneering music video and commercial directors who have since gone on to become major players in the feature world.

In 2001 Carmody joined forces with Patrick Milling Smith and together they founded SMUGGLER. They quickly gained a reputation for spotting young talent and building successful careers.


Head of  Factual Entertainment

Paul has over 25 years experience in the international television broadcast, production and distribution sectors. He was joint MD of ITEL for 12 years, a ground breaking rights and distribution joint venture between HBO and ITV. He was then MD of Channel 4's domestic and international rights businesses playing a key role in Emmy and Bafta award winning productions such as Sex Traffic by Abby Morgan and Touching the Void by Kevin McDonald. He went on to run leading independent production company Diverse Productions as part of the Zodiak Media Group where he piloted and then produced the top Global factual cable series "Bear Grylls - Man vs Wild" which is still the most highly rated  UK factual series in the US market. Other major award winning films include A Brief History of Time by Errol Morris and Lessons of Darkness by Werner Herzog and the pilot for Deadliest Catch.


Managing Director of Cove Pictures

Dame Heather Rabbatts is a qualified Barrister and has held a number of roles in senior executive positions across government, sport and broadcasting.

Heather’s media career has included being a Governor of the BBC, a Senior Commissioning Executive at Channel 4 and Chairman of Shed Media, one of the foremost production companies in both the UK and US, overseeing their sale to Time Warner. She has developed programmes across all genres from drama and features to documentary and factual entertainment, but her passion is drama.

Her executive media career is combined with notable board positions including the Royal Opera House, Into Film (a film education charity) and she is the first woman Independent Non-Executive on the board of the FA.