Gay-Rees was exec producer of the Oscar-nominated Banksy film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” and produced the Kapadia directed double BAFTA-winning film “Senna.” Symonds’ credits include BBC’s “The Driver” and the BAFTA award winning “Complicit” for Channel 4.
The shingle will develop scripted and non-scripted content for both TV and cinema. Kapadia and Gay-Rees will develop the indie’s slate of feature films, while Symonds and Morrissey will drive scripted content for TV. BBC drama exec Mike Ellen has joined the company as head of development.
On The Corner has already inked a two-year first-look deal with distributor BBC Worldwide, as well as development deals on a six-part series with Tim Firth (“Calendar Girls,” “Kinky Boots”) and a one-off drama written by Danny Brocklehurst (“The Driver,” “Accused,” “Exile”) for two leading U.K. broadcasters, with several other projects soon to be announced.
Kapadia and Gay-Rees are in production on their follow-up to “Senna,” a feature documentary exploring the life and death of Amy Winehouse. Gay-Rees has recently produced “Palio,” a look at the Palio di Siena horse race in Italy in association with Archimedia Prods.
Morrissey said: “I have been working as an actor and director for over 30 years, and have always been fascinated by all aspects and stages of the industry. Therefore it was a natural progression for me to become involved with the creation of drama from its concept to delivery and beyond. Jolyon and I have worked together since we made a short film called ‘Something for the Weekend’ in 1995 with the aim of making distinctive and quality drama. And that’s a vision shared by James and Asif.”
Kapadia said: “It is great to be able to share and develop ideas with people who have the same drive and creative aspirations, so setting up On The Corner with David, Jolyon and James is an ideal way of developing ideas whether they are for theatrical release or television. Our aim is to produce original productions which emotionally engage the audience no matter what medium.”
Gay-Rees said: “We also intend to explore the TV factual space, building on our recent experience on the feature doc side. We want to be bold and innovative across all our output.”
Symonds said: “The four of us have diverse experience, which makes working together all the more exciting and rewarding. We are developing a broad range of distinctive projects and our door is open to writers and directors who have strong, original ideas.”