Sky Studios has entered into development/distribution deals with independent production companies Free@Last TV, creator of Sky One’s popular Agatha Raisin series, and Sagafilm, an award-winning Nordic producer.
Under the multi-year deals, Sky Studios’ commercial team will work with each of the production companies to co-develop scripted series for a range of international services, with NBCUniversal Global Distribution handling international sales on the projects.
Free@Last TV, founded by Barry Ryan and David A. Walton in 2001, is a scripted production company based in London, best known for Agatha Raisin (pictured) which has aired on Sky One since 2014, and is now in its third series. Free@Last TV also has a broad range of dramas on its slate including biopics such as Lonely Boy – The Benny Hill Story, Caleb Ranson’s The Women, a crime drama about Britain’s first police women, and a raft of IP based projects, such as Daphne du Maurier’s The Flight of the Falcon which has been adapted by Christopher Villiers.
Founded in Iceland over forty years ago, Sagafilm is an independent producer of scripted, non-scripted, documentary and factual programming in the Nordic region. Having built an impressive roster of Nordic hits, including; Stella Blómkvist, The Night Shift and Case, under CEO Hilmar Sigurdsson and Kjartan Thor Thordarson, CEO Sagafilm Nordic, the firm has recently expanded its slate to include a raft of major drama and documentary projects at leading European, UK and US networks, including the upcoming drama series The Minister (2020) and Thin Ice in co-production with YellowBird (2020).
Jane Millichip, Chief Commercial Officer at Sky Studios said: “Free@Last and Sagafilm are incredibly smart and creatively distinctive companies. We look forward to working with both teams to bring high quality and internationally attractive series to market.”
David Walton, Joint MD & Creative Director of Free@Last TV, said: “We’re very excited to be working with the team at Sky Studios at the beginning of what promises to be a very productive time for content development at Free@Last TV. We have many series in development with international appeal and working with connected partners is the way forwards for us.”
Hilmar Sigurdsson, CEO at Sagafilm, added: “We are proud to have completed this development agreement with Sky Studios. It shows the strength of our development department and is a sound confirmation that our strategies to bring stories to the international market is working. We look forward to delivering exciting new TV Series under this agreement with such a renowned partner as Sky Studios.”