Sony Pictures Television  has acquired a minority stake in drama indie Eleventh Hour Films.

As part of the deal, SPT will internationally distribute the company’s new content.  
The indie, led by Jill Green, Eve Gutierrez, Paula Cuddy and Nicole Finnan, has produced series including Foyle’s War for ITV, New Blood for BBC One, Vexed for BBC Two and, most recently, two seasons of ITV’s Safe House (pictured).  
The news follows the recent green-light announcement of the eight-episode adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s best-selling teen spy novel series, Alex Rider, the first deal of its kind with SPT’s International Distribution and Production units collaborating to fully fund the series produced by EHF.

SPT Distribution and EHF are also in partnership on other projects, including an eight-part Anglo/American paranormal drama series Rendlesham, inspired by real-life events in the 1980’s, and drama The Caine Mutiny, an eight-part event serial adapted by Anthony Horowitz from the Pulitzer Prize Novel by Herman Wouk.

Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television said: “We are thrilled to be deepening our relationship with the passionate and visionary women of EHF, who are among the sharpest and most motivated producers we’ve met.  We look forward to seeing their strong roster of projects develop further and helping them achieve their future vision for the business.”
Nicole Finnan, EHF’s Managing Director, said: “This is an exciting and natural extension of our already strong relationship with Wayne and his team.  It will help fulfill EHF’s ambition for our content to have a truly global reach and adds greater strategic muscle worldwide. Jill Green, Chief Executive of EHF, adds: “This is an exciting growth phase, driven out of a dynamic team and great talent relationships.”    

Jon Creamer

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