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LONDON — ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed an exclusive, multi-year development and distribution deal with U.K.-based movie and TV management and production company 42 launched by partners Rory Aitken, Ben Pugh, Josh Varney and Kate Buckley in 2013.
Set up last year, 42 has a background in feature film production and ITVS GE will spearhead the company’s ambitions to move into television and scripted programming.
The partners have “several” series already in development with broadcasters as well US contacts.
42, owned and run by Aitken, Pugh, Varney and Buckley, boasts a roster of high profile actors including Michael Caine, Rhys Ifans, Rupert Friend, Christopher Lee, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Drew, Emily Mortimer, Tom Hollander, Jonny Lee Miller, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tom Mison, Ed Skrein, and Sam Keeley.
Writers and directors repped by 42 include William Monahan, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Cattaneo, Eran Creevy, Tom Harper and Baran Bo Odar.
Previous film projects include Shifty starring Riz Ahmed and Danny Mays and Welcome to the Punch starring James McAvoy, which was released worldwide in 2013 and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
42 is currently in post production on Monsters: The Dark Continent, the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ Monsters and is teaming up Creevy on his new project Autobahn, starring Hoult.
The second project is The Autopsy of Jane Doe, starring Martin Sheen and directed by Andre Ovredal (Trollhunter) and bankrolled by Goldcrest.
Ruth Clarke, director of acquisitions and co-productions, ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said: “Their  track record in quality film production, coupled with their impressive on and off screen talent roster gives the company a real edge as they move into television and we look forward to working with them.”
42’s Aitken said the partnership would mean the two can create “high end dramas with exceptional talent from both film and TV.”
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