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Entertainment One Television (eOne TV) is teaming up with TF1 in France and Canada's Shaw Media to develop and produce Ransom, a new drama series based on the life of renowned crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert. Frank Spotnitz, the showrunner on TNT's Transporter action series and an Emmy-nominated writer of such series as The X Files, co-created Ransom with David Vainola (Combat Hospital). Both will act as executive producers on the series. “The real-life cases Laurent undertakes make for nail-biting suspense and incredible human drama,” Spotnitz said. “This is going to be a thrilling series.”
- Scott Roxborough
“The Fall,” which also toplines Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and is created and written by Alan Cubitt, is BBC Two’s most successful drama to date, averaging more than 4 million viewers per episode across its first season in 2013.
Endemol will globally distribute Artists Studio productions, including the second season of “The Fall,” which has been commissioned for production in 2014, as well as numerous projects commissioned and in development for U.K. and U.S. broadcasters. Further announcements will be made in due course.
Producer Gub Neal, whose credits include “Prime Suspect,” “Cracker” and “Queer as Folk,” co-founded Artists Studio in February 2009, alongside Justin Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin, all three of whom formerly ran drama producer Box TV. »
- Leo Barraclough
Endemol is expanding its scripted programming business with the acquisition of Wales-based drama production house Artists Studio. The company makes such series as Gillian Anderson-starrer The Fall for BBC Two, the channel’s most successful drama ever with more than 4M viewers per episode during the first season run. Under the deal, Endemol will distribute Artists Studio product including the 2nd season of The Fall which goes into production this year; as well as other projects in development for UK and U.S. broadcasters. Previous Artists Studio credits include Combat Hospital for ABC and Thorne for Sky UK. Gub Neal (Prime Suspect, Queer As Folk) co-founded Artists Studio in 2009 with former Box TV colleagues Justin Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin. Artists Studio will come under the Endemol UK banner. The acquisition also includes Far Moor Media, an executive producer packaging service for international drama producers whose credits include the currently »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
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