The Control Room Lands Global Deals


All3Media International has sealed deals in Australia, China, the Netherlands, Spain and Ireland for The Control Room, a new BBC One drama from Sherlock producer Hartswood Films.

The Control Room marks All3Media International’s first global distribution pact with Hartswood Films. In Australia, the thriller starring Iain De Caestecker and Joanna Vanderham and penned by Nick Leather has been snapped up by BBC Studios and ABC, while in China a deal has been clinched with Pumpkin Film.

All3Media International has also licensed the three-parter to NPO in the Netherlands, Comunidad Filmin in Spain and Virgin Media Television in Ireland. Dazzler Media has acquired home-entertainment rights for the U.K. and Ireland.

The series is set in Glasgow and focuses on an emergency call handler for the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Elaine Cameron, executive producer at Hartswood Films, commented, “All3Media International has an exceptional track record, working on some of the best scripted content in recent memory, so we are thrilled The Control Room marks our first partnership with this fantastic team. The universal appeal of this high-octane, atmospheric and riveting thriller has been proven by this brilliant raft of sales, and we are incredibly excited to watch as The Control Room grips audiences around the world.”

Maartje Horchner, executive VP of content at All3Media International, added, “We are thrilled that The Control Room marks our first partnership with Hartswood Films. An utterly compelling, original thriller, The Control Room is a fantastic addition to Hartswood Films’ legacy of premium, landmark dramas. Beautifully shot and led by captivating performances from Iain De Caestecker and Joanna Vanderham, Nick Leather’s exhilarating script seamlessly combines edge-of-your-seat twists and turns with poignant character-driven drama. With broadcasters in Europe, Australia and Asia already committed to this new thriller, we are excited to discover more brilliant global partners as we take the series to international market.”