In its second such move this week, BBC Worldwide is joining with a pair of UK execs to back a new indie banner. The former head of Channel 4’s specialist factual programming, David Glover, and the co-MD of Shine Group’s Dragonfly, Mark Raphael, are establishing 72 Films with a 15% interest from BBC WW. The commercial and distribution arm of the BBC will take global rights to all programming produced by the BAFTA-winners’ 72. Under Glover’s stewardship, the C4 specialist factual division became its most successful department with shows like Gogglebox, The Plane Crash and the Live From Space season. Raphael, also formerly of C4, has overseen titles including The Murder Trial, Bedlam and Educating Essex as well as One Born Every Minute. BBC WW earlier this week took a 25% stake in House Productions, formed by Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell.
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Endemol Shine International has entered a first-look deal with James Strong’s Strong Films. The pact covers scripted programming with ESI providing development funding in return for exclusive distribution rights. Strong’s credits include Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Gracepoint and Hulu’s Stephen King adaptation 11.22.63. Strong Films was formed in 2014 to produce commercials and pop promotion work, and to develop drama and feature ideas. It co-developed BBC Films feature United and ITV drama Code Of A Killer which were both produced by World Productions. Strong has BAFTA nominations for his 2010 short Sold and Broadchurch, of which he helmed the first two seasons, and also directed last year’s BBC BAFTA nominee The Great Train Robbery. ESI’s first-looks also include a deal with Joe Wright’s Shoebox TV.
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