LONDON 7 June 2016 - Sony Pictures Television (SPT) today announced that it has taken a minority stake in Blueprint Television.
The new venture led by Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent of Blueprint Pictures will focus on high end, returning drama series that originate in the UK and can travel internationally, with SPT distributing around the globe.
The investment further builds on SPT’s strategy to increase its drama footprint in order to meet the increasing demand for high end drama around the world.
Co-Chairmen Broadbent and Czernin and Managing Director Diarmuid McKeown will team up with executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins, who joins as Head of Television following his time at the helm of BAFTA-winning EastEnders (BBC) and before that Head of Development at Kudos’ Lovely Day, where he developed Grantchester (ITV).
Andrea Wong, President, International Production, SPT said: “Pete and Graham are exactly the kind of people we want to partner with -- hugely creative and highly motivated. They already have an incredibly strong development slate and we can't wait to help them realize their vision for Blueprint Television."
Pete Czernin said: “We’re excited to extend Blueprint’s reach to attract the best talent to tell longer form and returning stories. Working with Sony and Andrea and Wayne helps us fulfil the same ambitions we have when we make theatrical films: to entertain audiences around the world with the best stories.”
Graham Broadbent said: "Dominic is enormously respected, energetic and has incredible instincts. We’re excited to have someone of his experience and calibre launch Blueprint’s TV side."
Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: “As a massive fan of Blueprint’s films, I am so excited to be joining Graham, Pete and Diarmuid to develop their television arm. Their experience and passion for quality storytelling is inspiring and I’m looking forward to working with them and SPT to create drama series with a British USP that can entertain audiences around the world.”
Blueprint is launching the TV division on the back of the success of films including global box-office hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, as well as last year’s BBC1 drama The Outcast.
The company has one show in production - fantasy adventure drama The Last Dragonslayer for Sky1 - and three series in development.
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