Deal marks shingle's move into TV

LONDON — BBC Worldwide has signed a first-look deal with See-Saw Films’ new TV arm, giving the Beeb’s commercial arm first refusal on all its shows.

The move comes after the shingle hired Jamie Laurenson as its London-based head of television.

The pair recently partnered on Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake,” See-Saw’s first TV production, about the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl who is five months pregnant.

It is written and helmed by Campion and Australian director Garth Davis.

Show is filming in New Zealand and is co-produced by the BBC, UKTV and Sundance Channel.

Sarah Doole, creative director and head of indie drama for BBC Worldwide, said, “Ambition, creativity and top level talent are the hallmarks of See-Saw Films and bringing those qualities into TV production will result in some truly exciting and original content.”

Laurenson added, “BBC Worldwide is the ideal partner for us as we start to build our television development slate. As with the film side we are focused on stories that work for the global market, that feel unique and have something to say about the world we live in.”

See-Saw Films, set up in 2008 by producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, is based in London and Sydney.

As well as making “The King’s Speech” and more recently “Shame,” See-Saw is about to start pre-production on “Tracks,” set in Australia and helmed by John Curran.

“Tracks” stars Mia Wasikowska as a young woman on an epic journey across Australia.

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