Cineflix Studios has hooked up with former Lime Pictures creative Tony Wood to create a new production company that already has an Eddie Izzard project in the works.
Buccaneer Media will be based in the UK and work with the scripted arm of Canada’s Cineflix Media on developing and producing a range of programmes for broadcasters.
The company already has two deals in place with unnamed North American networks and a development deal with Lost Christmas producer Impact Film and Television.
Among four projects contained with the Impact agreement is a reworking of the Jekyll and Hyde story that has comedian and actor Izzard attached to star.
Wood was previously creative director of All3Media-owned Lime, which is behind The Only Way is Essex and Hollyoaks. He also counts Nickelodeon series House of Anubis among his credits.
He said: “Launching Buccaneer is a hugely exciting move for me. Our ambition is to build a globally focused company producing everything from family entertainment to high quality drama and structured reality rooted in the social media landscape. But at its heart, Buccaneer will have a simple philosophy: compelling characters, strong narratives and emotional underpinning all combining to create the most engaging television for as many audiences as possible.
“Forming this partnership with Cineflix Studios will mean I can draw on their expertise and experience in producing for US and Canadian networks while retaining the creativity and independence to achieve my ambition for Buccaneer.”
Cineflix Rights will sell Buccaneer’s productions on the international market.