BBC Worldwide has inked a first look deal with Cuba Pictures, the production division of leading literary and talent agency Curtis Brown.
Under the pact, BBC Worldwide will provide investment and their co-production expertise in return for first look on international distribution for any future projects developed and produced by Cuba Pictures
Part of the Curtis Brown Group, Cuba Pictures was set up in 2008 to exploit that diverse talent pool of actors, directors, authors and screenwriters represented by Curtis Brown in order to develop and produce film and television. They are currently in production on Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a 7 part drama for BBC One and BBC America. That series is not covered by this deal and is being distributed internationally by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
“Our aim is to bring together writers, directors and literary material in unique collaborations to create some first class television”, said Nick Marston, Chairman of Curtis Brown’s Film & TV Division and CEO of Cuba Pictures, “This partnership with BBC Worldwide will hopefully ensure that our work will get the best global support and we look forward to working together on future upcoming projects”.
While Martin Rakusen, BBC Worldwide’s Commercial Director for Independent Drama, added: “We’re very excited about the partnership with Cuba Pictures and working with the wealth of talent that falls under the Curtis Brown Group. Nick and Dixie have built a dynamic production company with an exceptionally exciting range of projects both in production and development. We’re looking forward to building the future relationship and supporting their shows moving forwards”.