Idris Elba Strikes Film, TV Deal With Kris Thykier’s Archery Pictures

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Elba's Green Door Pictures, which produced the TIFF-bowing feature 'Concrete Cowboy,' will work with Archery on selected future projects

Idris Elba's Green Door Pictures is teaming up with BAFTA-nominated producer Kris Thykier's Archery Pictures, behind the Sky drama series Riviera.

Under the arrangement, the two production companies say they'll work together on selected future projects across both TV and film.

"I’m excited to begin a partnership with Kris on upcoming film and television projects and to start this collaboration with his team at Archery," said Elba. "Building Green Door has been a steep learning curve and a thrilling ride. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved. Now I believe we are ready to take the next step in our growth as a company, and our alliance with Archery will facilitate and accelerate that process."

Added Thykier: "Idris Elba is a global superstar, one of the best actors of his generation, an acclaimed director and a genuine force of nature, I look forward to working closely with him through this next phase of his career. With Green Door Pictures, he has built a production company founded on the core values of ‘paying it backwards,' providing support and opportunities for creative talent from diverse backgrounds, who might otherwise fall outside of established industry norms and practices. All of us at Archery look forward to working with Idris and his colleagues on developing new projects that build on his talents as well as helping underpin his company’s goals."

Green Door currently has three seasons of its Sky comedy series In the Long Run, created by Elba, under its belt, and produced the Toronto-bowing feature Concrete Cowboy, starring Elba and recently acquired by Netflix. It's also working on the BBC non-scripted series Fight School.

Archery, meanwhile, saw its third season of Riviera recently air on Sky Atlantic. It has also completed production on John Madden's all-star WW2 drama Operation Mincemeat, co-produced with See-Saw Films, and the new fantasy series Fate: The Winx Saga for Netflix, due to premiere on Netflix on Jan. 22.