See-Saw Films is backing new scripted label fanboy from Heartstopper ep Patrick Walters.
Fanboy is focused on scripted stories from an underdog perspectives fanboy. The label’s first project is the recently announced Sweetpea commissioned for Sky Atlantic. Directed by Ella Jones and starring Ella Purnell, Sweetpea is adapted by Kirstie Swain from the darkly comic YA novel by CJ Skuse. fanboy’s TV output will be executive produced by Patrick Walters alongside Helen Gregory, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman for See-Saw Films.
Patrick Walters said, “Over the last ten years at See-Saw, I’ve been lucky enough to develop a variety of stories to screen as limited or returning television series. The constant between these projects has always been the passion, creativity and mutual obsession of their creative teams. I’m so excited to continue making shows with this kind of conviction and heart, matched with the best creative talent out there, and to do so as part of the See-Saw family. The darkly delicious Sweetpea is the perfect project to kick off the fanboy journey.”
Joint Managing Directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman said: “Patrick is a hugely talented executive producer, with a passion for unearthing and supporting some of the most vibrant voices in our industry today. We are thrilled to announce fanboy, and its first project Sweetpea, and to continue our successful relationship with Patrick through this label.”
Sweetpea is currently in production in the UK and will be available on Sky Atlantic and streaming service Now in 2024 in the UK, Ireland, Italy and Germany. NBCUniversal will handle international sales of the series on behalf of Sky Studios.
See-Saw has two joint venture production companies: I Am That – with creator/director Garth Davis (Lion), and Picking Scabs – with writer/showrunner Samantha Strauss (The End).
See-Saw has also invested in Tom Winchester’s TV company, Pure Fiction alongside talent agency Hamilton Hodell.
See-Saw’s recent television output includes two seasons of Slow Horses for Apple TV+, written by Will Smith, adapted from the novels by Mick Herron and starring Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden and Kristin Scott Thomas; the third season of Slow Horses will air in December 2023, with a further season currently in production; The Essex Serpent for Apple TV+, written by Anna Symon, directed by Clio Barnard and starring Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston; and Heartstopper for Netflix adapted by Alice Oseman from her bestselling book series, directed by Euros Lyn, which has been nominated for 9 Emmys, the second season was released in August this year with a third season currently in production.
Recent film projects include Florian Zeller’s The Son starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby and Anthony Hopkins; Thomas M. Wright’s The Stranger, starring Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris; and John Madden’s Operation Mincemeat, written by Michelle Ashford, starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald. Upcoming film projects include Garth Davis’ Foe, written by Iain Reid and Garth Davis, starring Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal and Aaron Pierre; David Michôd’s Wizards!, starring Pete Davidson, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Scott and Franz Rogowski; Kitty Green’s The Royal Hotel, written by Kitty Green and Oscar Redding, starring Julia Garner, Jessica Henwick, Hugo Weaving and Toby Wallace; and One Life directed by James Hawes, written by Lucinda Coxon and Nick Drake, starring Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Flynn, Helena Bonham Carter and Jonathan Pryce.
See-Saw has an in-house sales arm Cross City Films, which handles international sales of its titles in select territories.
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