Endemol Shine Studios Signs Multi-Year, Exclusive Development Deal With Guy Richie And Lionel Wigram's Ritchie/Wigram Productions
July 13, 2016 - Endemol Shine Studios, the scripted division of Endemol Shine North America, has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram’s Ritchie/Wigram Productions, it was announced today by Charlie Corwin, Co-CEO, Endemol Shine North America and Co-Chairman, Endemol Shine Americas.
The new partnership will focus on developing original scripted franchises for the global TV marketplace. The pact marks the first exclusive television deal for Ritchie and Wigram under their production banner.
Ritchie and Wigram, who have made feature film blockbusters together and separately, will be taking active roles in the scripted projects including Ritchie to direct and he and Wigram to write, as well. Ritchie/Wigram execs Jeff Ludwig and Ivan Atkinson will be responsible for the acquisition and development of new projects for the company in Los Angeles and London respectively. Ritchie/Wigram Productions is represented by CAA.
This also marks the first development deal for Endemol Shine Studios President Sharon Hall since joining the company in March.
“Guy and Lionel’s brand is undeniable for this new global marketplace,” says Endemol Shine Studios’ Hall. “We have already identified projects that extend that brand into TV with the same smarts and swagger they are well known for.”
"We are very interested in the creative opportunities inherent in telling stories in a longer format,” said Ritchie and Wigram. “Charlie Corwin, Sharon Hall and their team are terrific new partners and we look forward to working with them.”
Endemol Shine Studios produces such series as AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” DirecTV’s “Kingdom," as well as the upcoming Showtime series “I’m Dying Up Here” and HBO drama “Utopia." Endemol Shine Studios is part of global content creator Endemol Shine Group, which is behind many of the top scripted series in the world including "Black Mirror," “Broadchurch," “Bron" (The Bridge), “Humans," "Peaky Blinders," "The Fall" and many more.
Upcoming from Ritchie/Wigram is the feature film,“King Arthur – The Legend Of The Sword,” to be released by Warner Bros. in March, 2017. With a screenplay by Ritchie and Wigram and Joby Harold, Ritchie brings his dynamic directing style to the action adventure starring Charlie Hunnam. Ritchie and Wigram also serve as producers. Ritchie and Wigram first collaborated on the acclaimed blockbusters “Sherlock Holmes” and “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” which Ritchie directed bringing a fresh perspective to the legendary detective and Wigram produced based on his original story inspired by the tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Their partnership was solidified with the launch of Ritchie/Wigram Productions in 2011. Their first feature was “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Starring a stellar cast of Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris and Hugh Grant, the screenplay was written by Ritchie and Wigram. The film was directed by Ritchie with Ritchie and Wigram producing.
Among Ritchie’s additional credits include his writing and directing his feature film debut, “Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels,” which breathed new life into the genre; the smash hit “Snatch,” written and directed by Ritchie, featuring the ensemble cast of Jason Statham, Benicio del Toro and Brad Pitt; and “RocknRolla,” which he wrote, directed and produced, receiving the Best British Film Award at the 2009 Empire Awards, starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, and Tom Hardy.
Among Wigram’s additional credits include as producer on the upcoming, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” based on the book by J.K. Rowling. As an executive, Wigram was responsible for buying the Harry Potter book series for Warner Bros. and oversaw all eight films in the series – first as a production executive and then as an independent producer. Prior to joining Warner Bros, Wigram spent ten years working in the independent world, both as an executive and as a producer.
About Endemol Shine Studios
Endemol Shine Studios is the scripted division of Endemol Shine North America, behind such series as DirecTV’s “Kingdom," “AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” and the upcoming Showtime series “I’m Dying Up Here” and HBO drama “Utopia." Endemol Shine Studios develops and produces original scripted television programming and scripted formats in the U.S. for global exploitation across all platforms. Endemol Shine North America is part of global content creator, producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group with a network of more than 120 creative production companies in over 30 markets and a portfolio of approximately 600 revenue-generating titles across scripted and non-scripted genres. These include international drama series such as "Black Mirror," “Broadchurch," “Bron" (The Bridge), “Humans," "Peaky Blinders," "The Fall" and many more.