George & George – the indie that was set up by Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan to champion women’s voices in TV and film – has entered into a joint venture with Steve Coogan and Christine Langan’s Baby Cow Productions. Alongside that, the company has also inked a first look deal with BBC Studios.
Under the pact, Pepperdine and Scanlan will develop new comedy and drama projects with Steve Coogan and Christine Langan’s BBC backed indie over a three year period. The aim of the partnership is to capitalise on the duo’s writing and performing experience, using Baby Cow’s long track record of developing writing talent to develop new TV projects.
“These days we’ve so many platforms to watch telly and we want to equal that with the volume of women’s stories for viewers to feast on”, George & George co-founders Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan said in a statement. “With the support of the best of the best at Baby Cow and BBC Studios we’re good to go.” In addition to writing, producing and starring in their own material, the duo will commission other writes to pen projects about the good, bad, happy or sad female experience.
Pepperdine and Scanlan’s joint list of credits includes a list of comedy and drama hits, that includes: No Offence, The Thick Of It, Camping, Rev., The Windsors and High & Dry. The also created the award winning Getting On (which was subsequently remade under the same title for the US market on premium cable network HBO) and the short-lived Puppy Love. They have previously worked with Baby Cow on Human Remains, Camping, High and Dry, Mid Morning Matters, Nighty Night and I’m Alan Partridge.
“We have always loved Vicki and Jo’s brilliant, incisive wit and exceptional talent as writers and performers. They’ve been happy bedfellows with Baby Cow for some time and, as we develop as an indie, we wanted to help these fantastically talented women get their ideas into production”, said Baby Cow’s Christine Langan. “Baby Cow has been supporting female writing talent for many years now, from Julia Davis to Ruth Jones, and Vicki and Jo are among the very best.”
While Jonathan Blyth, BBC Studios’ Director of Comedy (Content Partnerships), added: “We’ve known Vicki and Joanna for quite some time and they are simply two of the sharpest wits in comedy right now. With Baby Cow’s creative and production support, and BBC Studios’ global reach, we’ll make sure the rest of the world is soon in on the joke.”