Endemol green lights Amber scripted funding partnership
| 25 November 2014
Independent TV production and distribution company Endemol has entered into an exclusive first-look development and distribution deal with UK producer Amber Television.
The three-year deal will see Endemol provide development funding and deficit financing in return for exclusive first-look distribution rights on Amber Television output.
Led by Ileen Maisel and Lawrence Elman since 2009, Amber focuses on the acquisition of intellectual property rights of literary works and the production of feature films, documentaries, television series and content for digital platforms. It also has created strategic partnerships with publishing houses like Penguin to develop and create new and innovative ways of content distribution.
Recent Amber projects include Romeo and Juliet, adapted by Julian Fellows, and Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism, a new film based on the best-selling books by Georgia Byng. Upcoming productions include Stratton: First into action starring Henry Cavill, London's Falling, directed by Simon Aboud, and ThePerfect Assassin, adapted by Andy Briggs and fully financed by SND, France.
Commenting on the partnership in a joint statement, Maisel and Elman said: "The opportunity to work with the Endemol team gives us access to the best television talent in the world. To be brought into the Endemol family fold gives our vast content access to multi platforms with the strongest company in the business in the evolving world of television".
Added Cathy Payne, CEO of Endemol Worldwide Distribution: "EWD is delighted to be working with Amber. We look forward to announcing our first project together as part of this partnership".