Peaky Blinders Producer Joe Donaldson Sets Up Magic Hour


Peaky Blinders and Cobra producer Joe Donaldson has set up a new production company, Magic Hour Television, which has a first-look deal in place with All3Media International and New Pictures, part of All3Media.

Donaldson will develop the projects and collaborate with New Pictures’ co-founder and CEO, Willow Grylls, to produce scripted TV content. The slate will be funded by All3Media and All3Media International.

Donaldson will also serve as executive producer for New Pictures on the upcoming third series Cobra: Rebellion for Sky Max.

Magic Hour aims to work with an array of writing and directing talent in the U.K. to produce “compelling human stories” about life in Britain and beyond.

“Willow and I share a passion for empowering and supporting creatives to produce ambitious, entertaining television,” Donaldson said. “I look forward to taking my next steps with the support of All3Media and the New Pictures team.”

Grylls said, “Joe is a stellar producer with great taste and fantastic talent relationships who we love working with. I’m thrilled to be working with him on this exciting new venture.”

Jane Turton, All3Media’s chief executive, added, “We are delighted that Willow and New Pictures are partnering with Magic Hour Television, which will be a brilliant addition to our scripted portfolio. Joe is an award-winning producer with an impressive list of credits from Cobra to Peaky Blinders. We are excited to see what comes next.”