BBC Studios is getting into business with Misfits indie Clerkwenwell Films and Anton Corp.
The three companies have pacted together to develop and fund a slate of high-end, short-form drama and comedy projects. The announcement was made today by BBC Studios CEO Tim Davie at the IBC Conference in Amsterdam.
Under the deal, Clerkenwell will produce the projects, with BBC Studios and Anton providing the funding. It will see the creation of premium, high volume, short-form content produced for digital and linear platforms, with additional funds set aside to self-commission.
“This is an exciting and significant long term development partnership for premium short-form where we are backing Clerkenwell’s creative excellence in a number of ways, from co-funding of development through to self-commissioning of multiple projects”, Davie said.
“This is an ambitious initiative that is set to take advantage of the many new and emerging opportunities for high quality innovative drama and comedy in a rapidly evolving market”, commented Murray Ferguson, Chief Executive at Clerkenwell Films. “We look forward to working with some of the most exciting creative voices in the industry to produce a range of compelling, long-running series.”
While Sebastien Raybaud, CEO at Anton Corp, added: “We are moving into an exciting era where audiences are able to enjoy super premium content in a bite-sized format, opening many new doors for story-tellers and talent. Clerkenwell and BBC Studios are the best partners, creatively and commercially, as we venture into this new world.”