Andy Serkis' Imaginarium Forges TV Venture With Red Arrow

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The performance-capture specialists have teamed with the TV group to develop high-end scripted dramas.

Andy Serkis’ production company and performance-capture specialists The Imaginarium Studios has inked a deal with Red Arrow, the production and distribution arm of Germany's pan-European media group ProSiebenSat.1.

Announced on Thursday, the new joint venture will see the creation of a new unit to develop high-end scripted TV drama. Red Arrow, which will internationally distribute all projects from the new initiative, revealed that the two companies are currently recruiting a senior level executive to oversee the joint venture's development slate.

"Working with our friends at Red Arrow will give us a terrific opportunity to create new content for the international marketplace, which we can fast track into production," said Serkis and his Imaginarium co-founder Jonathan Cavendish, the British producer behind the two Bridget Jones films and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Based in London’s Ealing Studios and set up in 2011, Imaginarium already has an impressive theatrical resume, having provided motion-capture work for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Avengers: Age of Ultron, the latter two filmed in Pinewood Studios. The company also has the film rights for Samantha Shannon’s 2013 novel The Bone Season, Warner Bros.’ live-action Jungle Book: Origins — Serkis’ directorial debut — starring Benedict Cumberbatch and due out in 2017, and a new adaptation of Animal Farm. The company has recently cut its teeth on TV, producing the four-part children's series Fungus the Bogeyman, adapted from the books by Raymond Briggs, for Sky UK.

"The Imaginarium Studios is one of the most ambitious new production companies in the English-speaking market, and we are delighted to forge this exciting new relationship with them," said Jan Frouman, CEO of the Munich-based Red Arrow Entertainment Group.