EXCLUSIVE: Actor Noel Clarke is ‘preparing for a return to the industry’ amid sexual misconduct claims as he rebrands his TV production company ‘Iconoclast’
- EXCLUSIVE: Noel Clarke, 45, has kept and renamed one of his TV firms
- He stood down as director of Unstoppable Film and TV last week
- But he and co-director Jason Maza, 34, are still bosses of another company
- They have now renamed that firm ‘Iconoclast’ as Clarke made Twitter return
- He has been accused by 20 women of a raft of inappropriate behaviour
- In April, Clarke apologised for his actions but denied the accusations against him
Shamed actor and producer Noel Clarke is ‘preparing for a return to the industry’ – after rebranding his TV production company to ‘attack beliefs or institutions’.
The 45-year-old – who has been accused by 20 women of either sexually inappropriate behaviour, bullying or harassment – has quietly rebadged his Unstoppable Entertainment Limited firm.
It is now called Iconoclast Entertainment Limited and coincides with Clarke’s return to social media, where he liked a tweet stating ‘Most people don’t want the truth’.
The word Iconoclast usually refers to an individual who attacks or ignores beliefs or institutions.
It comes just weeks after he left a different firm Unstoppable Film and TV, which produced his Sky series Bulletproof as well as films including Adulthood and Brotherhood – along with co-founder Jason Maza, 34.
Maza is also a director of Iconoclast and paperwork for the name change does not say who signed off the rebrand, although they hold equal shares.
Noel Clarke and Jason Maza’s TV production company has rebranded to be called Iconoclast
Paperwork filed with Companies House show one TV production firm is going forward
The company is registered, as is often standard, at a London accountancy firm’s address
The company is registered to the address of a Central London accountancy business.
Previous representatives of Clarke have not responded to efforts by MailOnline to contact them.
A source said: ‘Rebranding a company shows those involved want to keep moving it forward in some way.
‘Any director would just shut it down if it wasn’t need anymore.’
The former Doctor Who actor also made his first return to Twitter since the scandal broke, to like a post from a TV psychotherapist.
It said ‘Most people don’t really want the truth. They just want constant reassurance that what they believe is the truth’.
Noel Clarke, 45, stood down as director of Unstoppable Film and Television Limited and also as a person of ‘significant control’ in charge of the company this week
After the scandal broke Sky bosses cancelled the fourth season of Clarke’s hit drama series Bulletproof while ITV crime drama Viewpoint saw its last episode pulled (Pictured: Clarke in Viewpoint)
Clarke pictured with his wife, former make-up artist Iris Da Silva, at the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards at Royal Albert Hall in February 2017
Clarke last week stood down as director of Unstoppable Film and Television Limited and also as a person of ‘significant control’ in charge of the company.
He also quit his posts with another company called Crongton Knights, which had been set up to manage production of a BBC drama of the same name, and a company called Something in the Air, which he set up in November last year before his problems began to mount.
Clarke’s career was rocked in April when 20 women who knew him in a professional capacity made sexual harassment and bullying allegations in The Guardian newspaper.
He apologised ‘deeply’ for his actions and said he will be seeking professional help, but has ‘vehemently’ denied sexual misconduct or criminal behaviour.
Unstoppable Film and Television was set up by Clarke and Jason Maza in 2015 and had won backing from major TV production company ALL3 Media to fund their ideas for shows.
But in April the pair were suspended and the Companies House records show that they stepped down as directors and as ‘persons of significant control’ at the end of last week.
In July the BBC confirmed it was ditching the Crongton Knights TV drama which was based on a book by Alex Wheatle about life on a council estate in South London.
TV experts said any productions on the company’s books would be transferred to other labels in the ALL3 Group.
A spokesperson for All3 Media told Broadcast magazine: ‘Noel Clarke has left Unstoppable Film and TV. Jason Maza has also left the company.’
After the scandal broke Sky bosses cancelled the fourth season of Clarke’s hit drama series Bulletproof.
An ITV crime drama Viewpoint, which was on air when the scandal broke, also saw its final episode ditched.
Clarke had played Mickey Smith in Doctor Who, and Sam in the films Kidulthood, Adulthood, and Brotherhood, which he wrote and directed.
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