European distributor Newen Connect and Riff Raff Entertainment, the film and TV production company co-founded by Jude Law and his creative partner Ben Jackson, have agreed a partnership that will see Newen Connect invest in Riff Raff Entertainment’s TV development projects and gain a first-look option on titles.

Both companies are already working together to develop The Foreign Desk, an original political thriller written by Marek Horn (RIVALS), and with Jude Law attached to star.

Together they are also developing an original female-led show based on a true story with Kirstie Swain (PURE, SWEETPEA) and an original talent-led TV project with playwright Chris Urch.

The deal provides Riff Raff Entertainment with “significant” funding to help the production company further expand the team, develop its  slate of TV projects, and provide a distribution network to international buyers. At the same time, the arrangement strengthens Newen Connect’s plans to “collaborate with major talent” and gain “additional access to high-end English language IP”, as it seeks to further build its English-speaking catalogue.

The partnership was negotiated between Josephine Fontaine, VP Acquisition & Co-production, and Pia Valentie, Head of Legal for Newen Connect, and Stephen Fuss CEO, for Riff Raff Entertainment.

Rodolphe Buet says: “This partnership with Riff Raff Entertainment marks a significant step forward in Newen Connect’s English speaking growth strategy, building on our existing relationships in the UK, including six production companies, to give us even greater access to high-quality IP that enhances our existing catalogue. Our decision to make this deal happen was driven by the fantastic team we met at Riff Raff including Stephen Fuss, Ben Jackson and Katie Sinclair and of course Jude Law’s strong commitment. Our investment and distribution expertise will offer Riff Raff an important route to market and the ability to quickly take its projects from the page to the screen.”

Stephen Fuss says: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Newen and leveraging their international distribution expertise to expand our television slate. This partnership will help us further our goal of making Riff Raff Entertainment the ultimate home for high-end talent to build their TV projects. We’re thrilled to already be in business on three brilliant TV projects with Newen and are excited to tell even more undeniable stories with their involvement.”

Jon Creamer

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