LONDON – Canadian mini-major Entertainment One has sealed a first-look TV deal with Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson’s U.K. production banner Eleven Film to develop scripted projects for the U.K. and international markets.
Through the deal eOne will have exclusive first-look rights to all Eleven Film-produced scripted television development, serve as deficit financier and will handle worldwide distribution, excluding U.K. rights for Eleven Film television projects, including its current slate in development.
Eleven Film is in advanced development on a slew of drama projects commissioned by the BBC, Channel 4 and satellite channel Sky, with writers attached including Jack Thorne, Fintan Ryan, Joshua St Johnston, Paul Andrew Williams and Chris Dunlop.
The company’s slate of programming includes Being Maxine, The Murder of Billie-Jo: Sion Jenkins’ Story, Candid Cameron, Getting to Gordon, Dawn Porter’s series about breast cancer My Breasts Could Kill Me and Eleven Film’s first drama series Cast Offs, written by BAFTA winner Thorne (This Is England '88) and Oscar nominee Tony Roche (In The Loop).
Campbell and Wilson’s other credits include Alex and I, Osama and US, Pulling Kylie, Don’t Panic, Martha and Me, Come Home Gary Glitter, Playing the Race Card, 24 Hours With… and Tax the Fat.
Entertainment One Television exec vp of global programming, Carrie Stein describes Eleven Film as a "fresh and creative production company with truly innovative programming."
Said Stein: "They have a strong commercial slate of projects that fit with eOne’s sensibilities. We’re thrilled to be working in partnership with Jamie and Joel as we expand our television slate in the UK and European markets."
The pact aims to build on the 2012 expansion of eOne Television in the U.K. and Europe, and follows the relocation of Peter Emerson, president of eOne Television International, to the group’s London office.
Entertainment One's recent slate includes U.K. co-productions Dangerous Persuasions (Raw) and Primeval: New World (Impossible Pictures).
Entertainment One develops, produces, acquires, distributes programming across all genres, such as Rogue, DIRECTV’s first original scripted series starring Thandie Newton, and Discovery Channel’s first-ever scripted mini-series Klondike, co-produced by Discovery, eOne, and Nomadic Pictures in association with Scott Free Television.