Here’s an interesting new company in the TV packaging space… Revolution Films founder Andrew Eaton, who produced Netflix’s The Crown, has partnered with The Fall exec producer Justin Thomson and Tracey Scoffield and David Tanner from Rainmark Films to launch DoveTale Media.
The company was established at the start of the year to help package high-profile TV projects and provide executive producer services to third party producers and broadcasters.
It has already scored its first project – a miniseries called Faceless from Spiral writer Virginie Brac and Oliver Butcher, the writer behind Chadwick Boseman’s Message From The King. Thomson has joined forces with Léonis’ Jean-Benoît Gillig and Gub Neal, his former colleague at Endemol Shine-owned Artists Studio, to develop it as an eight-part thriller, a French-British co-pro that will be set in the corridors of power on both sides of the Channel, involving murder, betrayal, blackmail, high stakes diplomacy and state sponsored cyber-crime.
It comes after the trio started developing Insoupconnable, a French version of Gillian Anderson’s BBC crime drama The Fall. The drama will launch on TF1 later this year and stars Emmanuelle Seigner, Melvil Poupaud, Jean-Hugues Anglade and Claire Keim.
Dovetale is one of a number of positions taken up by Eaton since he left Revolution Films at the end of 2016. Having been behind films such as Rush and 24 Hour Party People, he left the company he co-founded with Michael Winterbottom after 22 years. He’s already found success as an exec producer on a number of high-profile TV series such as Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s comedy travelogue The Trip, the Red Riding trilogy and The Crown. Earlier this week, Deadline also revealed that he is one of the producers behind Hallelujah!, the feature film starring The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Ralph Fiennes and directed by Veep’s Chris Addison that is launching in Cannes.
Rainmark Films’ Tracey Scoffield and David Tanner, meanwhile, recently produced The Frankenstein Chronicles for ITV Encore and A&E in the U.S. They worked on the Sean Bean-fronted project, which took inspiration from Mary Shelley’s novel, alongside Justin Thomson and Far Moor.