'Girls' meets 'Fame' in aspirational drama set in hip East London 'hood
LONDON — GFM Films, which is led by Guy Collins, Fred Hedman and Michael Ryan, has inked a pact to finance and handle worldwide sales on “Making It,” a multi‐platform drama series, which GFM will introduce to buyers at next week’s MipTV.
The show has been developed by lead writer Shelley Miller (“Rockface”), and produced by Pure Grass Films and Tony Miller, who was formerly a partner in Jude Law and Ewan McGregor’s company Natural Nylon. Samuel Abrahams, whose short film “Connect” was BAFTA nommed, is attached to direct.
Targeted at 16 to thirtysomething women and men, “Making It” is an aspirational drama about the lives and loves of four female students sharing an apartment in a hip East London ‘hood and studying at an elite art college.
With the realistic feel of “Girls” and the dynamics of “Fame,” “Making It” explores the egos, rejection and rivalries that inhabit life at the pinnacle of young ambition, and tells “pacy, entertaining stores” about the girls and their friends.
Filmed on location in and around East London, the series will be supported with music supervised by Hot House Music, which worked on “The Hobbit” and “Philomena.”
Guy Collins, partner, GFM, said; “This is a first-class drama series exploring universal themes about love and friendship and reaching for success. Set in an aspirational world of creativity and design in the global capital of cool, East London, it will transcend borders and appeal to a generation of cosmopolitan young people.”
Deal includes development funding to complete season one.