Content Media Strikes First-Look Deal With U.K.'s Keo Films

3:53 AM PST 05/01/2014 by Stuart Kemp
"Exit Through the Gift Shop"

Keo, best known for producing Banksy's documentary "Exit Through the Gift Shop," will give Content an option on international distribution rights to its output for two years, plus project development opportunities.

U.K. and U.S. sales, finance and production banner Content Media Corporation has sealed a first-look deal with British indie TV factual specialist KEO Films.

The deal will see both companies working together to jointly develop scripted material, with Content having first look international sales rights to programming birthed by Keo.

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The pair said there was "a number of projects already in development," with the new agreement covering the development, production and exploitation of scripted drama programming. 

KEO Films managing director Debbie Manners said the deal will allow the company to extend its range from factual entertainment and documentary to incorporate scripted programs.

"We wanted to make sure that every aspect of our new programming can be exploited worldwide in traditional and digital media and we are sure, with its vast experience and fantastic global network, that Content will do a great job," Mannners noted.

Content Television & Digital president Greg Phillips added: "KEO’s development slate is very exciting and is completely compatible with what we do in delivering scripted programming which resonates strongly across multiple platforms with homegrown and international audiences alike."

Independent TV and digital production Keo has produced factual entertainment and documentary programs for broadcasters in the U.K., Australia and the U.S. 

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Keo's output for U.K. broadcasters includes Skint, a documentary about poverty in Britain and how it affects families; programming from chef and TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his River Cottage brand; and a one-off documentary titled Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, about the author and the aftermath of his diagnosis in 2008 of Parkinson's disease.

Keo also produced the movie documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, directed by street artist Banksy.

 

Keo is also eyeing the possibility of opening a U.S. office. It produced Meet the Natives and Going to Extremes for the market there.

Content Media has inked a flurry of strategic deals in recent months, including with Nurse Jackie producer Caryn Mandabach’s Mandabach Productions; Robert Halmi Jnr’s Great Point Media, which has been commissioned to produce a 13-part mythological drama, Olympus, for Syfy; Canadian indie producer Edyson Entertainment; Bruno Wu’s production house Seven Stars Media in Beijing; and Finnish format producer Aito Media.

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