See Saw Films

‘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 […]

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 […]