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Broomfield signs Channel 4 deal

Channel gets first look at all projects

LONDON — Maverick U.K. helmer Nick Broomfield has signed a first-look deal with edgy British web Channel 4.

The move gives the broadcaster first refusal on any future movies or program proposals from Broomfield.

Broomfield is best known as a documentary maker but has latterly moved into features, including Iraq war saga “Battle for Haditha.”

This will air on Channel 4 in March as the centerpiece of a season devoted to Iraq to mark the fifth anniversary of the invasion by U.S. and British forces.

“Ghosts,” fully funded by Channel 4, was a drama inspired by the tragedy of group of migrant Chinese workers drowning while collecting seafood on the English coast in February 2004 and was screened by the station’s spin-off digital station More4.

More4 also broadcast Broomfield’s docu “His Big White Self,” a follow-up to his celebrated 1991 pic “The Leader, His Driver and the Driver’s Wife,” about neo-Nazi Eugene Terreblanche and the AWB in South Africa.

Broomfield’s previous films have covered such topics as serial killers, prostitution, Kurt Cobain, hip hop murders, sado-masochism and British leader Margaret Thatcher.

In a separate move, Channel 4 has commissioned a program based on the RSC’s feted production of “King Lear,” starring Ian McKellen and produced by indie The Performance Company.