NBCUniversal International Television Production is expanding its existing relationship with UK writing duo Jim Keeble and Dudi Appleton through the pair’s 87 Films banner. The partners first got into business with spec acquisition Effective Range, a co-production with Scott Free UK. The character-driven conspiracy thriller is currently out to directors and will be shopped as a straight-to-series international co-production.
The new one-year first-look deal covers Keeble and Appleton as writers as well as producers looking to shepherd emerging UK writing talent into the international TV market. JoAnn Alfano, EVP of scripted programming at NBCU ITVP, will oversee the deal with 87 Films to develop drama scripts for the U.S., UK and international marketplace.
Keeble and Appleton are best known for executive producing Thorne for Sky 1, directed by Stephen Hopkins and adapted from the best-selling book series. The pair also wrote and directed five seasons of the BBC’s forensic thriller, Silent Witness.
Most recently, they developed Cold War Berlin pilot The Wall with AMC. They are also working with the BBC on The Originals, which will cover the explosive beginnings of the SAS in World War II, and Shadows, a new police thriller.
Keeble and Appleton are repped by UTA and Casarotto Ramsay.