Idris Elba’s production outfit Green Door Pictures and and Producer Kris Thykier’s Archery Pictures have agreed a multi year joint venture to develop and produce TV and film projects.

Archery Pictures, founded in 2014 by Kris Thykier, has produced three series of Riviera for Sky Atlantic as well as Peter Kosminsky’s The State and is in post-production on John Madden’s latest film, Operation Mincemeat, starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald and Fate: The Winx Saga, a fantasy series for Netflix based on the popular Italian cartoon series.

Elba’s Green Door Pictures, founded in 2013, makes shows including Sky One sitcom In The Long Run as well as a raft of factual and comedy content. Its feature film, Concrete Cowboys, has been picked up by Netflix for a Spring 2021 premiere.

Elba said: “I’m excited to begin a partnership with Kris on upcoming film and television projects and to start this collaboration with his team at Archery. Building Green Door has been a steep learning curve and a thrilling ride. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved. Now I believe we are ready to take the next step in our growth as a company, and our alliance with Archery will facilitate and accelerate that process.”

Thykier said: “Idris Elba is a global superstar, one of the best actors of his generation, an acclaimed director and a genuine force of nature, I look forward to working closely with him through this next phase of his career. With Green Door Pictures, he has built a production company founded on the core values of ‘paying it backwards,’ providing support and opportunities for creative talent from diverse backgrounds, whom might otherwise fall outside of established industry norms and practices. All of us at Archery look forward to working with Idris and his colleagues on developing new projects that build on his talents as well as helping underpin his company’s goals.”

Jon Creamer