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Harries launches Left Bank Pictures

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LONDON -- Producer Andy Harries ("The Queen") on Thursday launched Left Bank Pictures, his film and television production house that will be 25% owned by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British pubcaster.

The relationship will give Worldwide a first-look distribution deal on all Left Bank television productions.

The indie will formally open for business in July and will produce a range of telefilms and miniseries for broadcasters both in the U.K. and worldwide as well as theatrical releases in conjunction with international film partners.

"Our emphasis will be firmly on the top end of the market, focusing on intelligent scripts for the international marketplace," Harries said. "That is what makes BBC Worldwide the perfect fit for Left Bank Pictures."

Harries will be the largest shareholder in Left Bank and will take the title of managing director.

Among the lineup of creative executives involved with the project are Jenny Borgars, former development chief at the U.K. Film Council's, who will become head of film.

Francis Hopkinson, former senior drama commissioning editor at Channel 4, will be head of television while Marigo Kehoe, ITV Prods. head of production, becomes head of production.

BBC Worldwide director of content and production Wayne Garvie said Harries was talent that the BBC was proud to back. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed.

"Andy Harries is one of the greatest producers of his generation. BBC Worldwide is proud to be able to support him as he realizes his dream," Garvie said. "He has assembled a formidable team that I am confident will surpass their own proven track records," he added.

Helen Jackson, BBC Worldwide's director of independents, will take a seat on the Left Bank Pictures board.