Apr 18, 2013
Joint venture to produce scripted programming for broadcasters worldwide
Tony Wood, one of the UK’s most successful drama producers, is partnering with Cineflix Studios to launch a new independent production company, Buccaneer Media. The new company, based in the UK, will develop and produce a wide range of programming for broadcasters worldwide and already has deals in place for two projects with leading North American networks.
Buccaneer has also signed a development deal with Impact Film and Television, producers of the International Emmy® award-winning Lost Christmas. The four projects already contained in the deal include a dramatic, fresh new take on Jekyll and Hyde with Eddie Izzard attached to star.
Tony Wood was previously creative director at Lime Pictures before leaving to set up Buccaneer. At Lime, he was responsible for some of the UK’s most talked about television brands, including the phenomenally successful reality show The Only Way is Essex, and long running, continuing drama Hollyoaks. His North American successes include the scripted format House of Anubis, which is one of the highest rated series on Nickelodeon and now into its third season, airing in 45 counties worldwide. Tony’s other credits include producing ITV’s biggest television brand, Coronation’s Street.
Tony Wood, CEO of Buccaneer Media said: “Launching Buccaneer is a hugely exciting move for me. Our ambition is to build a globally focused company producing everything from family entertainment to high quality drama and structured reality rooted in the social media landscape. But at its heart, Buccaneer will have a simple philosophy: compelling characters, strong narratives and emotional underpinning all combining to create the most engaging television for as many audiences as possible.”
“Forming this partnership with Cineflix Studios will mean I can draw on their expertise and experience in producing for US and Canadian networks while retaining the creativity and independence to achieve my ambition for Buccaneer.”
Peter Smith, CEO of Cineflix Studios and Board Director at Buccaneer Media commented: “Cineflix Studios is building a successful model of sustained growth through strategic partnerships with creative individuals and companies worldwide. We’re delighted to be working with Buccaneer and supporting Tony’s ambition to create more of the type of innovative, successful brands for which he’s well known. With several projects already in development, Buccaneer is already off to a great start.”
Cineflix Studios, the scripted division of Cineflix Media Inc., was launched over two years ago with a mandate to create high quality original series and bring its creative, co-financing, and distribution expertise to partner with producers on premium projects. Its first project, Copper, was the highest rated series premiere ever on BBC AMERICA and is now in production for its second season. Participant Media has just announced Cineflix Studios’ next project, Will, at its launch of their new channel PIVOT. Buccaneer’s programming will be sold internationally by Cineflix Rights, the distribution division of Cineflix Media.
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