Scripted round-up: Stan & BBC order ‘Ten Pound Poms’; Paramount snags Paco Cabezas; New Media says ‘Hello (Again)’

Danny Brocklehurst

Stan & BBC prep Ten Pound Poms

Australian streamer Stan and the BBC have joined as coproduction partners on a new drama from Sex Education firm Eleven.

Ten Pound Poms has been created by Danny Brocklehurst (Brassic) and will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK, and as a Stan original in Australia.

The 6 x 60-minute show follows a group of Brits as they leave dreary post-war Britain in 1956 to embark on a life-altering adventure on the other side of the world, only to find the promises made don’t always live up to expectations.

Brocklehurst described the show as “a big bold character piece about what it means to start again, to be an outsider in a new land. It asks questions about success and failure, identity, parenthood and belonging.”

Joining Danny Brocklehurst on the writing team are Ryan Griffen, Smita Bhide and Ava Pickett. Eleven’s owners, Sony Pictures Television, will distribute the series worldwide. Filming will take place in Australia.

Paramount’s VIS strikes Paco Cabezas deal

VIS, Paramount’s international studio, has struck an exclusive agreement with Paco Cabezas.

The show runner and director, who has worked on shows such as Penny Dreadful, Umbrella Academy and American Gods, will lead and direct will create, direct and produce exclusive non-English speaking projects outside of the US for Paramount.

These will include The Gypsy Bride, the novel written by Carmen Mola, which is already in production with the participation of Atresmedia Televisión and in collaboration with Diagonal TV, part of Banijay Iberia.

“This agreement opens new opportunities by combining Cabezas’ extraordinary creativity with the global outreach of VIS, content creator for the Paramount brands,” said Laura Abril, SVP & head of VIS EMEA and Asia.

VIS has similar deals with talents such as Juan José Campanella, Santiago Segura, Frida Torresblanco, Marc Anthony, Diego Boneta, Manolo Cardona and Luis Gerardo Méndez.

New Media Vision takes web series, Hello (Again)

New Media Vision has picked up sales rights to Canadian web series, Hello (Again).

The show is produced by 100 Dragons and was created by Simu Liu and Nathalie Younglai. It was commissioned by CBC Gem and launched in Canada in March.

The series is executive produced by Teresa M. Ho (Frankie Drake Mysteries), Liu (Kim’s Convenience), Younglai (Coroner) and Alex Mallari Jr. (Workin’ Moms).

The show won Best Drama Pilot in the Digital Short Series category at SeriesFest last week.

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