Tony Marchant to Pen Cybercrime Drama for Headline, Odeon

British writer to explore the dark side of the internet

Headline Pictures and Odeon Film have commissioned top British writer Tony Marchant, who won BAFTAs for drama series “Holding On” and film “Mark of Cain,” to create an original drama series about cybercrime.

The drama will set out to take the viewer into an unknown world where a network of cyber criminals and cyber terrorists confront their counterparts in industry, law enforcement and government working to combat issues such as online identity theft and piracy, human trafficking and terrorism.

Marchant said: “One cannot help but recognize the relevance of the subject matter simply by watching the news on any given day — from cyber warfare between governments to data breaches of some of the most recognized brands in the world to the average person being the victim of online phishing expeditions. We are all in the bull’s eye and this series will bring this issue to life in a dramatic way.”

“Cybercrime now reaches into all of our lives,” said Headline Pictures president Stewart Mackinnon. “Everyone in the world is threatened if they use a computer or a mobile phone, and this series will shine a light on those both targeting and protecting us.”

The drama is slated to be a 10-part series to be aired on television with adaptability for social media platforms.

“Cybercrime is a topical subject that offers a wide spectrum of stories. We are thrilled by Tony Marchant’s vision, which will give us an understanding of how cybercrime continues to develop ever more sophisticated technologies which threaten us all,” said Britta Meyermann, head of international co-production at Odeon, and Mischa Hofmann CEO of Odeon.

In addition to securing Marchant, Headline has also enlisted Jere Sullivan, vice chairman of international public affairs from Edelman, the world’s largest communications firm as executive producer, to provide strategic insight and content development.

“This project demonstrates how original content can be used to raise business and political issues in a dramatic way to draw the interest of viewers,” said Sullivan. “We are now seeing the advent of ‘issues placement’ in television and movies as an effective communications tool for targeting and engaging consumers.”

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