The Walking Dead star David Morrissey is launching a new indie.
The acclaimed actor and director has teamed with producers Jolyon Symonds & James Gaye-Rees and director Asif Kapadia to set up independent production company On The Corner, TVWise has learned.
On The Corner will develop scripted and non-scripted content for both television and film. Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees will oversee the company’s feature film development slate, while David Morrissey and Jolyon Symonds will be responsible for developing scripted projects for television. To assist these efforts, the indie has recruited BBC Drama’s Mike Ellen as Head of Development.
Work is already proceeding apace on the company’s first projects. They have inked development deals with two major UK broadcasters for a six part series from Tim Firth, and a one-off drama from Danny Brocklehurst – who most recently penned BBC One drama The Driver, which starred Morrissey as the lead. The indie has also inked a two-year first look deal with BBC Worldwide for international distribution.
“I have been working as an actor and director for over 30 years and have always been fascinated by all aspects and stages of the industry”, said David Morrissey. “Therefore it was a natural progression for me to become involved with the creation of drama from its concept to delivery and beyond. Jolyon and I have worked together since we made a short film called Something for the Weekend in 1995 with the aim of making distinctive and quality drama. And that’s a vision shared by James and Asif.”