PARIS– Gaumont TV France, the television division of the Paris-based major, is set to produced “Spy City,” a 10 one-hour English-language series that will be showrun by William Boyd (“Any Human Heart”) and directed by Pascal Chaumeil (“Heartbreaker”).
Created and written by Boyd, the series takes pace in the early 1960’s, in Berlin. It sheds light on the personal lives of spies and focuses on a group of men and women of different nationalities and backgrounds who are in the “hornet’s nest” of divided Berlin.
“Spy City” will be co-produced by Odeon in Germany. Mischa Hofmann, Odeon CEO, and Britta Meyermann, head of international co-productions, negotiated the deal.
Boyd’s most recent works include his novel “Ordinary Thunderstorms,” the latest James Bond book “Solo,” and the espionage novel “Waiting for Sunrise.” Boyd wrote the screenplay for Richard Attenborough’s “Chaplin,” which earned two Emmy Awards nominations.
In the run-up to Mipcom, Gaumont has also announced the appointment of Elizabeth Dreyer as head of international co-productions, a newly-created position. Based in Paris, Dreyer – whose experience includes Liaison Films and Miramax — will oversee English-language co-productions originating out of Europe.
Gaumont TV France plans to produce one to two English-language European series a year. Meanwhile, Gaumont International Television (GIT), the company’s L.A.-based arm, will continue to produce and distribute premium shows such as “Hemlock Grove” and “Hannibal,” under the leadership of CEO Katie O’Connell.
Both announcements were made today by Christophe Riandee, vice CEO of Gaumont.
“In the past few months, many more European-based projects have started coming our way. ‘Spy City’ is the perfect English language project for us to produce in Europe and we are thrilled that William Boyd and Pascal Chaumeil are attached to this project,” commented Riandee. “In addition, with Elizabeth on board we will be able to focus on additional strong international projects financed and produced out of Europe.”
Dreyer joins Gaumont TV France from Velvet Calico Films where she served as president consulting and advising a variety of clients in feature film, animation, and television. She previously worked as VP of development and acquisitions at Liaison Films, Focus Features’ Paris-based subsidiary.