Target Entertainment aims at big screen


CANNES -- U.K.-based television sales house and production giant Target Entertainment is launching into movie production and financing and has struck a six-picture, £6 million ($12 million) deal with U.K. production banner Pink Sands to bolster its ambitions.

Pink Sands investors include former WMA chief Charles Finch, who now wears two hats as chief executive of talent and endorsement agency Finch and Partners and as an indie producer. The aim is to use Finch's A-list of talent to bolster productions on the slate.

Target has identified a list of U.K. production banners including Medb Films (Jan Dunn's "Ruby Blue") and Pink Sands, run by Kate McCreery, to partner with on "smaller budget U.K. films."

Pink Sands will also continue to put together larger budget productions.

The Target and Pink Sands partnership includes writer/director Kfir Yefet's "The Smell of Apples," based on the novel by Mark Behr and starring Gillian Anderson ("The Last King of Scotland") and Jordi Molla ("The Golden Age").

Other projects include "Ten Percent" from writer Richard Burman, "Stalin's Gold," Yefet's "The Houdini Girl," "Bushman" and cult novel "Bleeding London" from writer Geoff Nicholson.

Target managing director Alison Rayson said moving into film "seemed a natural progression for our business."

Said Rayson: "The move provides a great way for us to bolster our catalogue, grow the business and in doing so, form partnerships with some fantastically creative production companies."

Finch and Rayson will executive produce the slate of six, £1 million ($2 million) films, with McCreery producing.