Jörn Krieger | 29-07-2013
UK-based independent production company Bonafide Films has signed a development deal with ZDF Enterprises. The commercial subsidiary of German public broadcaster ZDF has also acquired the international distribution rights to Bonafide's new two-part drama for Sky Living, Talking To The Dead.
As part of the partnership, ZDF Enterprises will provide financial investment in the form of international co-production agreements, acquisitions and licensing deals, for Bonafide Films' new productions and will distribute the content internationally. The two companies aim to develop fresh, bold drama and comedy series for UK and international broadcasters.
"We are huge fans of ZDF Enterprises' work on quality crime shows such as The Bridge and The Killing and their expert network for international distribution," said Margery Bone, executive producer and co-founder of Bonafide Films. "We very much share the same taste in captivating, high-end productions, so we're tremendously pleased to be working together on Talking to the Dead for Sky Living in the UK – and for this relationship to now extend into a development one is a very exciting opportunity for us."
Bonafide Films was founded by comedy writer and performer Sacha Alexander and TV and film producer Margery Bone, backed by investment from Northern Creative Content Fund in 2010. The company, which has offices in Newcastle and London, specialises in comedy and drama productions.