Access Entertainment has taken a 24.9% stake in Bad Wolf, the production company behind the upcoming BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s epic His Dark Materials. Launched by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner in 2015, in association with Welsh Government, Bad Wolf is based in South Wales and LA. Current projects include A Discovery Of Witches, based on the Deborah Harkness novels, and an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles. This investment by Access Entertainment provides Bad Wolf with further support to fast track its scripted productions, and grow business globally. Access Entertainment launched last year under former BBC Director of Television, Danny Cohen. Its focus is to invest across the entertainment sector with a concentration in high-quality TV, films, digital content and theater. In January, it teamed with BBC Worldwide and Lookout Point to launch Benchmark Television, an indie commissioning entity with the power to greelight scripted series without backing from a network or platform. It also has a first-look deal with Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell’s House Productions.
In the run-up to MIP-TV, AMC Studios has hired Mark Dee-Shapland as Head of Content Sales. In the newly-created role, the exec is responsible for worldwide content sales initiatives of all off-network distribution of AMC Networks-owned programming. At MIP, AMC Studios will be focused on AMC Networks’ portfolio including: The Terror, Lodge 49, Brockmire, Stan Against Evil, Documentary Now!, Robert Kirkman’s Heroes And Villains Of Comic Books, James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction, Murder In The Heartland (WT), and Talking With Chris Hardwick. Dee-Shapland previously held several positions at Off the Fence, most recently as VP of Sales and Co-Production.
Tom Pullen is returning to Endemol Shine’s Dragonfly as Executive Producer. Currently Head of Factual Development at the UK’s Eleven, Pullen will drive new business, generating new program ideas and opportunities while also exec producing new projects. This is Creative Director Richard Bond’s first appointment since he joined Dragonfly in January. Pullen’s previous posts include three years at Raw as Development Executive and Producer/Director of documentaries including The Missing (Channel 4), Teens (Channel 4) and a forthcoming Cutting Edge (Channel 4). He also worked at Dragonfly from 2010-2013 in various producer, director and development roles on series including One Born Every Minute (Channel 4), The Sinking Of The Costa Concordia: Caught On Camera (Channel 4) and The Town Taking On China (BBC Two). Recent Dragonfly projects include Ambulance for BBC One, A World Without Down’s Syndrome for BBC Two, Inside Birmingham Children’s Hospital for Channel 4, The Great British Benefits Handout for Channel 5 and upcoming The Trial for Channel 4.