DRG and The Development Partnership are extending their relationship. The two companies, who previously pacted together for non-scripted, have agreed a first-look deal for scripted content.
Under the deal, which initially runs two years, The Development Partnership will develop scripted projects for both DRG and Atrium TV – DRG’s wholly owned ‘commissioning club’ which aims to deliver premium, high profile drama content for delivery by regional OTT players and TelCos (BT TV is the club member for the UK market).
The first such drama being developed under this deal is the previously announced Atrium TV project Cyrano, toplined by Joseph Fiennes, which was launched to club members at MIPCOM. The six episode series is penned by Tracy Ann Baines, who has reimagined the classic story for a modern audience. Fiennes is represented and managed by TDP’s sister talent agency, The Artists Partnership. DRG will hanfle global sales for any projects produced as a result of this partnership.
“We have quickly established a positive and proactive relationship with the team at TDP for non-scripted content, so extending our partnership to cover scripted is a natural next step for us both. With incredible access to talent and their personal passion projects TDP is in a unique position to generate and develop exciting, high-profile projects”, said Dave Clarke, Executive Vice-President of Content for both DRG and Atrium TV. “Marry this together with our evolving creative and production credentials, ability to make serious financial investments and understanding of what really works well in the international marketplace and together we can guarantee to consistently produce standout, ratings-winning content with truly committed star power.”
While The Development Partnership’s Robert Taylor added: “With Joseph Fiennes and Cyrano, TDP’s relationship with DRG and Atrium TV has really hit the ground running. We are excited to be sharing our vision for giving talent a meaningful voice in development and partnering with the perfect producers for the execution of those projects, and look forward to evolving a compelling drama slate that truly captures the attention of broadcasters, platforms and viewers worldwide.”