LONDON — NBCUniversal Intl. Television Production has inked a two-year first-look pact with Hardy Son & Baker, the production company set up by actor Tom Hardy (“Dark Knight Rises,” “Inception”) and production partner Dean Baker.
JoAnn Alfano, executive VP of scripted programming at NBCU-ITVP, will work with Hardy Son & Baker to develop scripted series intended for the U.S. and international marketplace.
“Tom and Dean are passionate storytellers with a talent for telling original, unconventional stories and attracting first class talent,” said Alfano. “We can’t wait to develop all of their exciting ideas and look forward to sharing their compelling stories with audiences around the world.”
Hardy commented, “NBCUniversal is a great fit for Hardy Son & Baker, and this partnership is a fantastic next step in the endeavor to build our company into a major international TV drama producer.”
Baker added, “Tom and I love cinema of the ’70s — the films of Scorsese, Coppola, Altman, Kubrick, and it’s clear that modern-day television has become the dramatic equivalent of those films. At its best, television with its deeply nuanced characters and complex narratives is, by far, the most exciting and ambitious dramatic medium.”
Hardy Son & Baker was formed in 2012 with the aim of creating sophisticated, high-quality films, TV and documentaries. For ITV it produced “Poaching Wars,” a primetime documentary series starring Hardy, and it’s also co-producing drama series “Taboo,” with Ridley Scott of Scott Free for the BBC.