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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 […]

See-Saw Films hires ‘Killing Eve’ producer as part of expanded TV strategy

See-Saw Films, the UK-based prodco behind forthcoming Apple TV drama Slow Horses, has hired Killing Eve producer Elinor Day as part of a “company-wide strategic move” to boost the company’s TV output. Day becomes executive producer for See-Saw’s UK TV arm and will oversee selected shows from the company’s existing slate as well as developing […]

Apple orders Jackson Lamb spy drama starring Gary Oldman

Apple TV+ has ordered a scripted spy series that will star Gary Oldman and has Justified‘s Graham Yost attached to exec produce, with the show marking the first drama ordered by UK-based exec Jay Hunt. Slow Horses is from UK and Australia-based producer See-Saw Films and is the first instalment of the Slough House novel […]

See-Saw Films launches prodco with ‘Lion’ director Garth Davis

Top Of The Lake producer See-Saw Films is expanding its partnership with Australian director Garth Davis to launch a new production outfit, which has already appointed a head of development. The prodco, to be known as I Am That, will develop film and TV projects that will be directed by Davis and produced by See-Saw […]

Inside the multimillion-dollar drama trap

Producing high-end scripted product has never been more lucrative, nor more risky. Richard Middleton explores how producers and distributors are balancing their options Netflix CEO Reed Hastings might have sent his company’s share price down 6% last month when he alluded to the “whole new world” emerging in streaming, but a more populated SVOD universe […]

See-Saw to develop graphic book series ‘Heartstopper’

See-Saw Films, the UK-based production company behind Sundance’s shortform scripted series State of the Union, has optioned rights to graphic book series Heartstopper. The four young adult graphic novels that make up the collection were created by Alice Oseman and follow a love story between two teenagers – one an openly gay deep thinker and […]

Pascal Pictures exec to launch See-Saw US

Negin Salmasi is leaving the prodco of former Sony Picture Entertainment boss Amy Pascal to launch a US branch of UK prodco See-Saw Films. She has been named VP of creative affairs at the LA-based See-Saw office, overseeing film and television units, and joins with immediate effect. Salmasi was previous with Pascal Pictures, the firm […]