Fox Networks Group has set an unusual TV production venture with U.K.-based DNA Films that aims to develop TV programs for global marketplace.
Fox and DNA will partner in a shingle dubbed DNA TV Limited, which will focus on developing comedy, drama and limited-run series for the U.K. and other markets. Fox will have first-look right to co-finance and distribute projects across its vast collection of channels, from Fox and FX in the U.S. to the 300-plus outlets in the Fox Intl. Channels group.
Deal was spearheaded by Fox Networks Group chairman-CEO Peter Rice, who worked with DNA Films principals during his previous incarnation as head of Fox Searchlight Pictures. Eric Schrier, prez of original programming for FX Networks and FX Prods., will manage the venture for Fox.
“Over the years the team at DNA has demonstrated a remarkable gift for developing strong, well-written material and managing productions with tremendous production values,” said Rice in announcing the deal. “This venture will give their talent access to a global audience from a creative base in London and will give our networks group the opportunity to work with them.”
The Fox-DNA pact is another example of showbiz’s major media congloms looking overseas for growth opportunities and talent scouting.
“We believe that by utilizing our relationships with British talent and broadcasters, we can produce great television drama that will resonate in the U.K. as well as with Fox’s audience in the U.S. and around the globe,” said DNA Films’ topper Andrew Macdonald.
Deal marks DNA’s first foray into TV production. The banner’s pic credits include “28 Days Later” (pictured), “The Last King of Scotland” and “Notes on a Scandal.”