Fired Up Films – the independent production company that was recently launched by Simon Howley and Jon-Barrie Waddell – has inked an overall deal with Entertainment One (eOne). Under the multi-year pact, eOne will co-produce and serve as the studio on scripted and non-scripted content.
Based in Hollywood, Ireland and London, UK, Fired Up Films is the partnership of esteemed industry veterans Waddell and Howley. The recently-launched scripted and non-scripted television production company focuses on blue chip series and documentaries, factual entertainment formats, feature docs and elevated drama projects.
“Jon-Barrie and Simon have a winning track record of creating exceptional series and specials across a number of genres that travel far and wide”, said Tara Long, eOne’s Executive Vice-President, Alternative Programming, Television. “We look forward to working with them as we continue to expand our non-scripted business in key markets”.
Fired Up Films has an advanced programming slate with both non-scripted and scripted projects, along with several major development deals with networks in North America, the UK and Ireland. eOne has been ramping up their activity here in the UK of late. The independent studio – which has long been a supplier of scripted acquisitions to UK broadcasters – just last month took a majority stake in indie Whizz Kid Entertainment.
“Working with Tara and her creative team in Los Angeles is key to our US expansion as we continue to build our premium content and target established networks and new platforms with Fired Up Films”, Waddell and Howely added. “We’re also working on global co-productions in drama and factual and eOne brings the expertise, nous and co-financing models that can take us to that next level. With a number of primetime series already in the pipeline, we’re certainly fired up to get going”.