Production and distribution company Sonar Entertainment has entered into exclusive first-look deals with two independent production companies – Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler’s Killer Content. Under the pact, Sonar gets an exclusive first-look option for any TV project developed by either company and the exclusive right to distribute those projects in all media and in all available territories worldwide. Sonar already is in business with Scott Free London on period drama series Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, which Scott Free London is producing for BBC One in the UK and FX in the U.S., with Sonar selling internationally.
“Both of these partners have set extremely high standards, with work that breaks barriers for creativity and originality, while at the same time attracting broad and diverse audiences.” said Sonar Entertainment CEO Gene Stein. “These deals provide us with a pipeline for content that we are sure will resonate with both broadcasters and viewers.” Since its management overhaul in May when Stein joined as CEO, Sonar has been aggressively expanding its slate of original television series, miniseries and movies.
Launched by Scott in 2010 to complement his other production companies, Scott Free Productions in LA and commercials producer RSA Films in London and LA, Scott Free London has produced the Kevin Macdonald–directed YouTube-backed documentary Life In A Day, which debuted at Sundance, as well as follow-ups Britain In A Day, Japan In A Day, and (in conjunction with sister company RSA Films) Christmas In A Day and Springsteen And I. In features, its psychological thriller Before I Go To Sleep by Rowan Joffé, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, was recently released and Christopher Smith’s family comedy Get Santa is coming out in December through Warner Bros in the UK and Wrekin Hill in the U.S.
“Sonar’s commitment to Scott Free London is a clear indication that it recognises the aspirations of our UK team moving its operation to the next level,” said Scott. “There is an enriched wealth of talent in the UK at present and an international hunger for our content, so the timing for this announcement couldn’t be better.” Scott Free’s TV slate is being overseen by executive producer Kate Crowe.
New York-based Killer Content, founded as Killer Films, has produced a number of independent films including Far From Heaven, Boys Don’t Cry, One Hour Photo, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, I Shot Andy Warhol, Swoon, I’m Not There, Kill Your Darlings as well as the upcoming Still Alice, released by Sony Pictures Classics, and Todd Haynes’ Carol, by TWC.
In TV, Killer Films executive produced Haynes’ HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce and is currently producing Biker Bar, a pilot for Adult Swim. Killer Content was formed this year when Killer Films merged with IP incubator Glass Elevator Media.
“Killer has set its sights on television, where we can continue to tell the kind of stories that push boundaries and connect with audiences,” said Vachon.
Sonar is currently in production on two straight-to-series dramas, the Eli Roth-helmed South Of Hell for WEtv and Shannara, based on the best-selling novels, for MTV.