‘Last Panthers’ Producer Warp Ramps Up International Drama Ambitions

Warp and Haut et Court produced 'The Last Panthers,' which world premieres at Mipcom on Monday

LONDON — U.K. production company Warp Films, whose crime thriller “The Last Panthers” makes its world premiere Monday at TV market Mipcom, is ramping up its high-end drama output, targeting the international market, and has hired Ruth McCance to help spear-head the move.

“The Last Panthers,” which stars Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim, Goran Bogdan and John Hurt, is a co-production with France’s Haut et Court.

Other headline projects for Warp, which is best known in the U.K. for Channel 4 TV series “This Is England,” include “Wolfhound Century,” based on the trilogy of novels by Peter Higgins, a thriller series set in a totalitarian state, where a lone secret policeman and young orphaned woman fight with ancient demons and fallen archangels over the future of humanity.

Other upcoming shows include “Little Birds,” a six-part mini-series set in 1950s Tangiers, inspired by the works of Anais Nin and written by novelist Sophia Al-Maria; a series loosely inspired by the legend of Robin Hood, which is being written by Billy Ivory; and “The Shanghai Beat,” an epic period crime drama set in the turbulent Shanghai of the 1920s and 30s.

Warp’s joint CEO’s Mark Herbert and Peter Carlton said: “Warp is known and loved in the U.K. for working with top talent, new and established, to create inventive, passionate drama that gives a distinctive window on the world. We are keeping to those core values, but now ramping up our ambition in scale and reach.”

Stockholm-based McCance joins the company as co-production executive to “take the Warp vision into the global arena.” McCance served as a development executive at companies such as Potboiler Productions, Ruby Films, Pathe and Film4 in the U.K., and latterly handling international drama format deals at Eccho Rights. She will work alongside Herbert, Carlton and senior executive producer Robin Gutch across the slate and on the development of business and creative partnerships internationally.

Warp’s relationship with international sales partner ITV Global Entertainment remains in place.

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