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Sony Takes Stake in TV Arm of ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Producer Blueprint

LONDON — Sony Pictures Television has taken a minority stake in Blueprint Television, the new venture led by Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent of Blueprint Pictures, the producer of box-office hit “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Blueprint Television will focus on high-end, returning drama series that originate in the U.K. and can travel internationally, with SPT distributing around the globe.

Andrea Wong, president, international production, SPT, said: “Pete and Graham are exactly the kind of people we want to partner with — hugely creative and highly motivated. They already have an incredibly strong development slate, and we can’t wait to help them realize their vision for Blueprint Television.”

Co-chairmen Broadbent and Czernin and managing director Diarmuid McKeown will team up with executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins, who joins as head of television. Treadwell-Collins was previously at the helm of the BBC’s BAFTA-winning soap “EastEnders,” and head of development at Kudos’ Lovely Day, where he developed “Grantchester” for ITV.

Czernin said: “We’re excited to extend Blueprint’s reach to attract the best talent to tell longer-form and returning stories. Working with Sony and Andrea and [Wayne Garvie, chief creative officer for international production at Sony Pictures Television] helps us fulfil the same ambitions we have when we make theatrical films: to entertain audiences around the world with the best stories.”

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and sequel “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” took more than $230 million at the box office between them. Other productions have included movie “In Bruges,” starring Colin Farrell, and last year’s BBC drama “The Outcast.” Blueprint has one TV show in production — fantasy adventure drama “The Last Dragonslayer” for Sky — and three series in development.

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