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U.K. TV giant ITV’s ITV Studios Global Entertainment has acquired a minority stake in Route 24, a newly established TV production company founded by independent film producer Marc Samuelson and co-directors Robert Cheek and Josie Law, it was announced Monday.
Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
Writer and producer Matt Delargy also will work with the team as a consultant development producer.
Route 24 will focus on high-end drama, with ITVS GE exclusively distributing all its content. The indie already has several series in development and has rights to a number of projects with the John Wyndham Estate, providing access to the author’s intellectual property.
Samuelson’s credits include the features Tom & Viv, Chico & Rita, Wilde, Stormbreaker and TT3D: Closer to the Edge. He also was an executive producer of BBC series The Shadow Line.
“Marc has an exciting and really clear vision for Route 24 that takes advantage of his decades in the film industry and the enviable experience and contacts that brings,” said Ruth Clarke, executive vp, global content strategy and investment, ITVS GE. “The global demand for high-end drama continues and we’re thrilled Marc and his team have chosen to partner with ITVS GE to make the most of the opportunities around the world.”
Said Samuelson: “ITVS GE is a really exciting company to work with — its global ambition, creative instincts and collaborative ethos make it our ideal partner as we work to establish a terrific new drama indie.”
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