Spanish TV writers Cristobal Garrido and Adolfo Valor, known for high-concept English-language sci-fi drama “The Refugees,” and Belgian scribe Thomas Gunzig, who co-penned Jaco Van Dormael’s standout black comedy “The Brand new Testament,” have signed with Los Angeles-based Elsewhere Works.
The recently launched talent agency works with European writers and directors and represents them on the U.S. market.
Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox recently acquired English-language remake rights to Garrido and Valor’s unconventional comedy “Ghost Graduation.”
“The Refugees,” which was co-produced by BBC Worldwide and Atresmedia, is about the impact on a small rural community of millions of refugees travelling back in time from the future travel to seek shelter in the present. Skein recently aired on laSexta in Spain and was nominated for Best European Series at the prestigious Prix Europa.
Gunzig (pictured) is considered instrumental to the success of wacky “The Brand New Testament,” in which God is mean bastard from Brussels. He is currently working on projects conceived for the U.S. market including psychological thriller “Sad Madness” and fantasy comedy “A Matter of Dreams.” After making splash at Cannes, “Brand New Testament” made the foreign Oscar nine- pic shortlist and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
Elsewhere Works, which was officially launched last year by Italian writer-producer David Bellini and his Spanish wife Olga Bernal Sancho, has rapidly lined up a significant stable of Euro creative talent comprising bestselling Italo author Giancarlo De Cataldo, whose “Suburra” is being made into a Netflix series, hot Spanish helmer Manuel Martin Cuenca (“Cannibal”), U.K. scribe Gary Young, who penned Michael Caine-starrer “Harry Brown,” and Romanian director Nicolae Constantin Tanase, whose teen drama debut “The World is Mine” has been well-received.
“We are doing our best to select amazing international artists and brilliant original content and introduce them to American executives, producers and studios,” enthused Bellini who is the Writers’ Guild of Italy rep in L.A.