Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram’s Ritchie/Wigram Productions has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Endemol Shine Studios, the scripted division of Endemol Shine North America, to develop original scripted franchises for the global TV marketplace.
Under the pact, announced today by Charlie Corwin, Co-CEO, Endemol Shine North America and Co-Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas, Ritchie will direct, and both he and Wigram will write multiple projects. Ritchie/Wigram execs Jeff Ludwig and Ivan Atkinson will be responsible for the acquisition and development of new projects for the company in Los Angeles and London, respectively.
This marks the first exclusive TV deal for Ritchie and Wigram under their production banner, and the first development deal for Endemol Shine Studios President Sharon Hall since joining the company in March.
“Guy and Lionel’s brand is undeniable for this new global marketplace,” says Endemol Shine Studios’ Hall. “We have already identified projects that extend that brand into TV with the same smarts and swagger they are well known for.”
“We are very interested in the creative opportunities inherent in telling stories in a longer format,” said Ritchie and Wigram. “Charlie Corwin, Sharon Hall and their team are terrific new partners and we look forward to working with them.”
Upcoming from Ritchie/Wigram is the feature film King Arthur – The Legend Of The Sword, to be released by Warner Bros. in March, 2017. Ritchie is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Wigram and Joby Harold. Ritchie and Wigram first collaborated on Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which Ritchie directed and Wigram produced..
Endemol Shine Studios is behind such series as AMC’s Hell on Wheels, DirecTV’s Kingdom, as well as the upcoming Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here and HBO drama Utopia.
Ritchie/Wigram Productions is repped by CAA.