“The Fall,” which also toplines Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and is created and written by Alan Cubitt, is BBC Two’s most successful drama to date, averaging more than 4 million viewers per episode across its first season in 2013.
Previous Artists Studio credits include “Combat Hospital” for ABC and “Thorne” for U.K. satcaster BSkyB.
Endemol will globally distribute Artists Studio productions, including the second season of “The Fall,” which has been commissioned for production in 2014, as well as numerous projects commissioned and in development for U.K. and U.S. broadcasters. Further announcements will be made in due course.
Producer Gub Neal, whose credits include “Prime Suspect,” “Cracker” and “Queer as Folk,” co-founded Artists Studio in February 2009, alongside Justin Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin, all three of whom formerly ran drama producer Box TV.
Based in South Wales and with offices in London, Artists Studio also incorporates sister company Far Moor Media, which provides executive production services including pre-sales, deal structuring, rights management and casting. Far Moor’s most recent project is “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” (BBC1, BBC America, Space), currently filming for delivery in late 2014.
Artists Studio becomes part of Endemol UK, which has drama credits including “Peaky Blinders” (Tiger Aspect and Caryn Mandabach for BBC Two), “Ripper Street” (Tiger Aspect for BBC One and Amazon Studios), “Black Mirror” (Zeppotron for Channel 4), “Prisoners’ Wives” (Tiger Aspect for BBC One) and “The Mill” (DSP for Channel 4).
Neal, creative director of Artists Studio, commented: “Artists Studio’s international activity has grown rapidly over the last 12 months, creating huge opportunities, which is why it now makes total sense to join forces with a truly global player.
“Endemol have the status, scale and reach to help us grow the business outside the U.K., but equally the creative hubris and sensitivity to allow us to continue our work with U.K. talent in the bespoke manner that defines our brand.”
Endemol’s scripted programming business has grown internationally by 75% in the last five years, and today represents a quarter of the company’s worldwide business.
Other Endemol drama productions around the world include “Hell on Wheels,” which is now in its fourth season on AMC in the U.S., as well as major forthcoming series such as “Gallipoli” (Endemol Australia for Nine Network and TV3 New Zealand), and “Fortitude” (Tiger Aspect/Fifty Fathoms for Sky Atlantic), starring Michael Gambon, Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston and Sofie Grabol.
Endemol also globally distributes a growing portfolio of more than 10,000 hours of scripted programming. This includes series such as “The Crimson Field” (BBC Drama for BBC One), “Death Comes to Pemberley” (Origin Pictures for BBC One), “The Thirteenth Tale” (HeyDay Films for BBC One), “Hot in Cleveland” (TV Land USA), and “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” (Cuba Pictures/Feel Films/Far Moor for BBC One).