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See-Saw Films hires Porchlight co-founder to lead in Australia

Slow Horses producer See-Saw Films has appointed former Porchlight Films exec Liz Watts to head up its operations in Australia. Watts will oversee the development and production of all film and TV projects out of See-Saw’s Australian office, including those from its joint venture Picking Scabs with writer Sam Strauss. She reports See-Saw’s joint MDs […]

BBC & AMC+ drama ‘The North Water’ sails into 40 territories

CBC in Canada and Foxtel in Australia are among almost 40 broadcasters and streamers around the world to have acquired BBC & AMC+ drama series The North Water, ahead of its UK debut. The 5 x 60-minute series, which is distributed by BBC Studios, was produced by See-Saw Films as a co-production with Rhombus Media, […]

See-Saw Films hires Channel 4 & Pinewood TV alum as creative director

The North Water prodco See-Saw Films has appointed former Channel 4 drama commissioner Helen Gregory as its new creative director. Gregory will be responsible for steering the creative strategy of See-Saw, developing its television slate and also working with joint MD’s Emile Sherman and Iain Canning on the company’s film strategy. She will also be responsible […]

AMC+, See-Saw & Warwick Thornton prep Australian drama ‘Firebite’

AMC Studios has greenlit a new Australia-based fantasy series for its streaming service AMC+, which is being co-produced with See-Saw Films. Firebite (8 x 60 minutes) is set in the late 18th Century and follows two Indigenous Australian hunters on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires in the middle of the South Australian […]

‘Slow Horses’ prodco See-Saw names TV chief & hires Film4, ITN & Sheridans trio

See-Saw Films, the UK- and Australia-based producer behind Apple TV+’s Slow Horses and BBC drama The North Water, has rejigged its senior management following the exits of TV chiefs Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta last month. Simon Gillis has now been named COO across the company’s operations, reporting to See-Saw’s joint MDs Iain Canning and Emile […]

See-Saw’s head of TV & COO depart to launch new prodco 60Forty Films

See-Saw Films head of television Jamie Laurenson and TV COO Hakan Kousetta are setting up their own firm after revealing they are leaving the UK and Aussie prodco, whose slate includes Apple TV+ drama Slow Horses and the BBC’s The North Water. Laurenson and Kousetta are departing to set up new venture 60Forty Films, but will […]

UK’s CBBC acquires ‘The New Legends Of Monkey’

BBC-owned children’s channel CBBC has acquired both seasons of live-action kids’ series The New Legends Of Monkey, following a deal with London-based distributor Serious Lunch, with the first season set to air next year. The 20 x 26-minute series was produced by See-Saw Films, the British-Australian studio behind Top Of The Lake and State Of […]

See-Saw launches Australian prodco with ‘The End’s Samantha Strauss

North Water and Slow Horses producer See-Saw Films is partnering with The End writer and producer Samantha Strauss to launch a new production firm. Picking Scabs will be based out of Australia, and will develop projects for Strauss to write and produce with See-Saw Films in both Australia and worldwide. The joint venture comes after See-Saw and Strauss recently […]

Apple TV+, See Saw Films adapt ‘Essex Serpent’ with Keira Knightley onboard

Apple TV+ has ordered a Keira Knightley-fronted adaptation of the Sarah Perry novel The Essex Serpent from Top Of The Lake producer See-Saw Films, marking the prodco’s second commission from the tech giant. Mrs Wilson scribe Anna Symon is attached to write the period drama, while Clio Barnard (The Dark River) will direct. Knightley stars […]

UK TV industry welcomes $650m Covid-19 insurance fund

UK producers and broadcasters have welcomed a long-awaited £500m ($650m) government-backed scheme designed to help domestic film and TV productions struggling to get Covid-19 related insurance. The announcement from the UK’s chancellor Rishi Sunak and minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Oliver Dowden is expected to kickstart productions worth upwards of £1bn, with […]