‘Walking Dead’ Actor David Morrissey Launches Production Firm
The Governor, director Asif Kapadia and two others form On the Corner, which has secured a first-look deal with BBC Worldwide
David Morrisey, the U.K. stage and screen actor who played The Walking Dead's eyepatch-wearing villain The Governor, has joined forces with BAFTA-winning Senna director Asif Kapadia and BAFTA-winning producers James Gay-Rees and Jolyon Symonds to create a new film and TV production house.
They announced on Thursday that the new indie, dubbed On the Corner, will develop scripted and non-scripted content and has already inked a two-year first-look deal with BBC Worldwide. It also has development deals on a six-part series with Tim Firth (Calendar Girls) and a one-off written by Danny Brocklehurst (The Driver, Shameless) for two as-yet-unannounced U.K. networks.
Kapadia and Gay-Rees will be responsible for feature films, with Symonds and Morrissey driving scripted content for TV. Mike Ellen also joins from BBC drama as head of development.
"I have been working as an actor and director for over 30 years and have always been fascinated by all aspects and stages of the industry. Therefore it was a natural progression for me to become involved with the creation of drama from its concept to delivery and beyond," said Morrissey. "Jolyon and I have worked together since we made a short film called Something for the Weekend in 1995 with the aim of making distinctive and quality drama. And that’s a vision shared by James and Asif."
Kapadia and Gay-Rees are currently working on their follow-up to Senna, which won a documentary award at Sundance in 2010 along with two BAFTAs. The untitled documentary is set to explore the life and death of singer Amy Winehouse.