Tim Davie, CEO at BBC Studios, announced the deal in a keynote speech at the IBC Conference
In a keynote speech at the IBC Conference in Amsterdam, that BBC Studios, Clerkenwell Films and Anton Corp are to develop and fund a slate of high-end, short-form drama and comedy projects to be produced by Clerkenwell and co-financed by BBC Studios and Anton. The deal will see the creation of premium, high volume, short-form content produced for digital and linear platforms, with additional funds set aside to self-commission.
From Misfits to The End of the F***ing World, Clerkenwell Films has a proven track record in working with writers who create innovative series with huge audience appeal and high fan engagement. Alongside BBC Studios’ and Anton’s market knowledge and relationships, this deal will deliver engrossing content in multiple episodes of easy-to-consume durations, across a range of existing and emerging platforms, leading to a new way to engage with audiences.
Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Studios, said: “This is an exciting and significant long term development partnership for premium short-form where we are backing Clerkenwell’s creative excellence in a number of ways, from co-funding of development through to self-commissioning of multiple projects.”
Murray Ferguson, Chief Executive at Clerkenwell Films, said: “This is an ambitious initiative that is set to take advantage of the many new and emerging opportunities for high quality innovative drama and comedy in a rapidly evolving market. We look forward to working with some of the most exciting creative voices in the industry to produce a range of compelling, long-running series.”
Sebastien Raybaud, CEO at Anton Corp, said: “We are moving into an exciting era where audiences are able to enjoy super premium content in a bite-sized format, opening many new doors for story-tellers and talent. Clerkenwell and BBC Studios are the best partners, creatively and commercially, as we venture into this new world.”