BBC Worldwide's Indie Unit is to build on its relationship with independent producer Dangerous Films, having signed a long-term development and distribution deal with them today.
BBC Worldwide already has international distribution rights for Dangerous Films’ extensive primetime back-catalogue, including the recent emotive drama documentary 9/11 - The Twin Towers. Under the terms of the agreement, BBC Worldwide acts as Dangerous Films’ international distributor and co-producer for forthcoming productions, including the Five-commissioned biopic about the Princess of Wales, Diana - Last Days of a Princess. This is one of the most co-produced and pre-sold titles this year for BBC Worldwide, seeing deals with TF1 in France, ProSieben in Germany, Discovery in US, Channel One in Russia, Australia, Italy, Sweden and Spain.
Aine Doherty, Head of Factual at the Indie Unit, says, “What excited us about cementing our relationship with Dangerous is their abundant creative flair and ambition to move into full-scale drama. It also allows us to increase our slate of blue-chip specialist factual titles, but more importantly means that we now have a bigger and more collaborative partnership with one of the most creative and dynamic producers in this sector”.
Richard Dale, Director of Creative Content, Dangerous Films adds, “We’ve had a very fruitful and positive relationship with BBC Worldwide over the last few years in distributing our programmes. It now seems the right time to build on that relationship and collaborate still further in maximising opportunities both here in the UK and abroad”.
Established in 2003 by Richard Dale, Peter Parnham and Tim Goodchild, Dangerous Films has become one of the UK’s leading independent producers, with an impressive track record of awards and co-production experience.
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