Sky Vision – the recently launched international distribution division of satcaster BSkyB – has acquired the international distribution rights to two of Sky Entertainment’s upcoming original commissions: Sky1’s drama Moonfleet and Sky Living’s comedy series Doll & Em. Both will be launched to international buyers at MIPCOM 2013, with the creators and stars of Doll & Em, Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, also set to appear in Cannes to support said launch.
“I am thrilled we will be launching our first comedy series at MIPCOM with Dolly & Emily in Cannes and our first drama feature”, said Carl Hall, Managing Director of Sky Vision. “Following the launch of Sky Vision just last year, we are already offering a wide range of high-quality drama and comedy from Sky and other third-party producers. Although we’ve made a strong start, we have even more ambitious plans moving forward.”
Based on the John Meade Falkner novel of the same name and adapated by Life On Mars scribe Ashley Pharoah, Moonfleet is set in the small Dorset village of Moonfleet and follows the young John Trenchard who is haunted by dreams of the legendary Blackbeard and captivated by the whereabouts of his fabled diamond. Desperate to join the local band of smugglers, a turn of events unites him with Elzevir Block, the leader of the gang. Together they embark on a danger-filled adventure to locate Blackbeard’s most treasured possession. The drama is being produced by Company Pictures in association with Element Pictures and stars Ray Winstone (The Sweeney), Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen), Anthony Ofoegbu (Spooks), Martin Trenaman (The Inbetweeners), Lorcan Cranitch (Silent Witness), Ben Chaplin (Wipers Times), Sophie Cookson and Omid Djalili.
Created by and starring Dolly Wells & Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), Doll & Em is a new six episode semi-improvised comedy series which looks at what happens when your best friend becomes a Hollywood star and you find yourself employed as their personal assistant. The series follows Em (Emily Mortimer), a successful actress starring in a Hollywood movie, who invites Doll (Dolly Wells) to Los Angeles to become her personal assistant after breaking up with her boyfriend, as a way for Doll to find the financial and emotional independence she is in need of. But soon after arriving, the line between life and work becomes increasingly blurred, until each one is no longer sure of the other’s motivation. The comedy series is produced by King Bee Productions with Lucy Lumsden serving as the executive producer. The director and co-writer is Azazel Jacobs.