BBC Studios has entered into a partnership with Clerkenwell Films and Anton Corp to create premium, high-volume, scripted short-form content.
Under the agreement, the three companies will develop and fund a slate of high-end, short-form drama and comedy projects to be produced by Clerkenwell and co-financed by BBC Studios and Anton. This content will be for both digital and linear platforms. Additional funds are being set aside to self-commission.
Tim Davie, the CEO of BBC Studios, commented: “This is an exciting and significant long-term development partnership for premium short-form where we are backing Clerkenwell’s creative excellence in a number of ways, from co-funding of development through to self-commissioning of multiple projects.”
Murray Ferguson, the chief executive at Clerkenwell Films, stated: “This is an ambitious initiative that is set to take advantage of the many new and emerging opportunities for high-quality innovative drama and comedy in a rapidly evolving market. We look forward to working with some of the most exciting creative voices in the industry to produce a range of compelling, long-running series.”
Sebastien Raybaud, the CEO at Anton Corp, added: “We are moving into an exciting era where audiences are able to enjoy super premium content in a bite-sized format, opening many new doors for storytellers and talent. Clerkenwell and BBC Studios are the best partners, creatively and commercially, as we venture into this new world.”