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Endemol Pacts with David Thompson’s Origin Pictures

Endemol to provide development funding in return for exclusive first-look distribution rights

LONDON — Endemol has inked an exclusive first-look development and distribution pact with drama producer Origin Pictures, which is led by former BBC Films topper David Thompson.

The three-year deal will see Endemol provide development funding in return for exclusive first-look distribution rights on Origin television titles.

Endemol has an existing relationship with Origin, with Endemol Worldwide Distribution handling the distribution rights for the miniseries “Death Comes to Pemberley,” which launched at Mipcom 2013.

Origin was launched in 2008 by Thompson, who ran BBC Films for over a decade. He works alongside head of film and television Ed Rubin and head of development Claire Marshall on a wide-ranging slate of ambitious drama projects.

Origin’s television credits include the television movie “Freefall,” starring Dominic Cooper; BAFTA nominated miniseries “The Crimson Petal and the White,” starring Romola Garai, Chris O’Dowd, Gillian Anderson and Richard E. Grant; miniseries “Hidden,” starring Philip Glenister, Thekla Reuten and David Suchet; and the upcoming BBC1 miniseries “Jamaica Inn,” starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Matthew McNulty. “Jamaica Inn” will be distributed by Fremantle Media Enterprises.

Origin was also the producer of the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated feature film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

Cathy Payne, CEO of EWD, commented: “We have really enjoyed working with Origin Pictures on ‘Death Comes to Pemberley,’ and are looking forward to cementing our future relationship with this three-year commitment. EWD cannot wait to bring Origin’s exciting new ideas and ambitions to the international marketplace.”

Thompson commented: “Endemol is such a dynamic company with a great track record, and we have very much enjoyed getting to know Cathy and her team. We feel certain that Origin has found a fantastic creative and commercial home as we move forward with our ambitious plans.”

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