As movie companies increasingly set their sights on the small screen, London-based Shoebox Films’ Shoebox TV banner has entered a scripted development and first-look distribution deal with Endemol Shine International. Shoebox principals Paul Webster, Guy Heeley, and helmer Joe Wright have collective feature credits that include the upcoming Pan, 2013’s Locke and Oscar-winner Atonement. They’ve formed Shoebox TV to produce high-end scripted television.
Shoebox’s Head of Development, Ed Clarke, has been upped to run the new company and drive the slate. “Shoebox’s move into TV has been an entirely organic process driven by the talent that we work with looking to explore longer form stories better suited to the medium. As a company we get excited by fantastic writing, great characters, and complex drama, and nowhere is that more prevalent these days than on television,” says Clarke.
Shoebox Films’ most recent production was the critically acclaimed Locke, written and directed by Steven Knight and starring Tom Hardy. Wright and Webster are currently in post on Pan for Warner Bros, starring Hugh Jackman. Heeley is in post on the five‐part TV drama London Spy for Working Title Television and BBC Two.