Belgian film group Umedia has signed a development and first-look deal with Berlin-based production company Egoli Tossell Pictures, whose slate includes Michael Hoffman's Oscar-nominated The Last Station, Olivier Assayas' Golden Globe-winning miniseries Carlos and Jon S. Baird's Filth, featuring Split star James McAvoy.
Under the terms of the deal, Umedia will co-finance Egoli Tossell's film development slate and have first-look rights to co-produce any projects developed.
"This is a key part of our group's growth strategy, and an important step forward as we continue to expand our catalog and production capability," said Umedia CEO Adrian Politowski. "Umedia and Egoli Tossell have worked together on a number of projects, most recently The Exception with Lily James and Christopher Plummer, and this deal is a natural extension of our ongoing collaboration."
The deal follows Umedia's expansion into TV: The company recently announced the acquisition of Belgian TV production company Be FILMS and the independent production company Nexus Factory. Umedia also just opened new offices in Vancouver, adding to those it has in Brussels, Paris, London and Los Angeles.
"We are excited about expanding our business relationship with Umedia," said Egoli Tossell's Judy Tossell. "Our partnership is tried and tested and gives us a strong European base for increasing our development capabilities while pooling our talent relationships with Umedias's network and clout."