Peaky Blinders and Cobra producer Joe Donaldson has set up a new production company, Magic Hour Television and signed a first-look deal with All3Media International and New Pictures, part of All3 Media.

Donaldson will partner with New Pictures co-Founder / chief executive officer, Willow Grylls, to produce new scripted television content.

The new indie’s slate will be funded by All3Media and All3Media International.

Donaldson will also serve as executive producer for New Pictures on the upcoming third series Cobra: Rebellion for Sky Max, which is due to start filming later this year.

Jane Turton, All3Media chief executive, said: “We are delighted that Willow and New Pictures are partnering with Magic Hour Television, which will be a brilliant addition to our scripted portfolio. Joe is an award winning producer with an impressive list of credits from Cobra to Peaky Blinders. We are excited to see what comes next.”

Donaldson has worked with New Pictures since 2018 producing two series of Cobra for Sky Max. He previously produced Ripper Street for Amazon Prime Video and Peaky Blinders for BBC One/Netflix.

New Pictures’ credits include Des, Dalgliesh, Cobra and Catherine the Great  and The Missing. Their upcoming slate includes The Blue for Paramount +, The Long Shadow for ITV, a third series of Cobra for Sky Max and Champion for BBC One and Netflix in association with Balloon Entertainment.


Pippa Considine

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