BBC Studios takes full ownership of Clerkenwell Films, Murray Ferguson to exit

BBC Studios (BBCS) has taken full ownership of The End Of The F***ing World producer Clerkenwell Films, in a deal that will see the company’s founder Murray Ferguson depart.  The BBC’s commercial arm initially took a minority stake in the company in 2008 before increasing its shareholding to 48% in 2017, with an option to move to […]

Anton, WestEnd Films co-fund development pact, unveil drama from ‘Valley Of Tears’ duo

European financing and production firm Anton has struck a deal that will see it co-fund a development slate of projects with London-based producer WestEnd Films. The first project will be a thriller from writers/producers Ron Leshem (No Man’s Land, Allegiance) and Amit Cohen (False Flag, The Gordin Cell), with the deal coming after WestEnd Films partnered […]

TBI In Conversation: BBC Studios alum Tobi De Graaff on launching Beiboot

BBC Studios (BBCS) former director of commissioning & co-production Tobi de Graaff talks to TBI about suffering from Covid-19, his agnostic approach to production and why the current scripted marketplace makes it more fun to date than marry with studios. For those whose first language is not German, the word beiboot might not mean too […]

Anton & Bad Wolf to adapt thriller from ‘The Flight Attendant’ author

Producer and financier Anton has partnered with Bad Wolf America’s Julie Gardner and Pose exec producer Sherry Marsh to adapt The Red Lotus, the latest novel from The Flight Attendant scribe Chris Bohjalian. The thriller will be developed into a high-end drama series, with Bancroft and Mr Selfridge’s Kate Brooke attached as showrunner. The story […]

BBC Studios exec Tobi de Graaff links with financier Anton for new JV

BBC Studios (BBCS) director of commissioning & co-production Tobi de Graaff has linked up with Sebastien Raybaud’s production and financing company Anton to launch a new joint venture. London-based Beiboot will develop, package and finance high-end TV with a focus on European produced content. The company is fully backed by Anton and will look to […]

Anton to co-invest in Newen projects under strategic financing deal

French production giant Newen has struck a strategic funding deal with producer-financier Anton. Under the deal, Anton will co-invest in Newen’s distribution rights for both group productions and third-party programmes across scripted, doc and animation projects, backing up to €35m ($38.9m) worth of content. Anton also has a major three-year deal in place with BBC […]

BBC Studios in scripted commissioning first with ‘Cheaters’

BBC Studios (BBCS) has made its first move into commissioning scripted series without other broadcasters or streamers attached, with a short-form comedy to be produced by the company behind The End of the F***ing World. Cheaters is from UK-based Clerkenwell Films, in which BBCS owns a 48% stake, and follows a funding and production deal […]

BBC Studios teams with indies for short-form scripted

BBC Studios, Clerkenwell Films and Anton are partnering on premium, short-form scripted content. BBC Studios boss Tim Davie revealed during a keynote speech at the IBC conference in Amsterdam today (13 September) that the trio will develop and fund a slate of high-end, short-form drama and comedy projects. The End Of The F***ing World (right) […]

BBCWW launches £150m high-end drama fund

BBC Worldwide has teamed with film and TV financier Anton to create a £150 million (US$188 million) fund for high-end drama projects. The aim of The Drama Investment Partnership (DIP) is to back big-ticket returning series with named talent attached. Worldwide pointed to the new instalment of Sundance copro Top of the Lake (pictured), which […]