Optomen Productions & Chalkboard TV in Co-Pro Partnership


Optomen Productions, an All3Media company, has entered into a co-production partnership with the U.K.’s Chalkboard TV.

Under the deal, Optomen will work with Chalkboard TV on both original projects and U.K. formats to pitch to U.S. broadcasters. Chalkboard TV’s Mike Benson and his team will work closely with Optomen President Maria Silver as well as the company’s senior VP of development, Ricky Kelehar. Silver and Benson will serve as executive producers on all series.

“Mike and his team have an incredible production history in the U.K. and I am delighted to collaborate with them stateside,” said Silver. “No matter the genre—scripted to factual to doc—their work is always bold, insightful and striking.”

Benson added: “We see this partnership with Maria and Ricky at Optomen as an exciting springboard into the U.S. market, where both companies share similar ambitions and sensibilities for the type of program we aim to develop and produce. Optomen’s U.S. operation has an enviable reputation for its creativity and commercial nous. We very much look forward to putting our creative heads together.”