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Filming underway on The Child in Time

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The first image of Benedict Cumberbatch in The Child in Time has been released. With filming now underway, further casting has also been revealed with Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, Trainspotting), Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys, The Go-Between) and Saskia Reeves (Luther, Shetland) joining Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Parade’s End) in The Child in Time, Stephen Butchard’s adaption of Ian McEwan’s award-winning novel. Filming is underway in the UK with Julian Farino at the helm.

Produced by Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV for BBC One, co-produced by Materpiece, The Child In Time is a lyrical and heart-breaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen.

Helen Gregory, Executive Producer for Pinewood Television, says:

“I’m so delighted to have such a talented cast join Benedict, Julian and the team and I’m very much looking forward to seeing them bring Stephen’s script to screen.”



Pinewood Television Team with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sunnymarch TV for Child in Time

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In their first television commission, Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV will produce The Child In Time for BBC ONE, co-produced by MASTERPIECE.

Adapted by Stephen Butchard (Five Daughters, The Last Kingdom) from Ian McEwan’s Whitbread Prize winning novel, and directed by Julian Farino (Marvellous, Entourage), The Child In Time is a lyrical and heart-breaking exploration of love, loss and the power of things unseen. The drama will be distributed by STUDIOCANAL.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Parade’s End) will star as Stephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, who is confronted with the unthinkable: the loss of his child.

Benedict Cumberbatch, SunnyMarch TV Co-Founder, said: “I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me – profound, beautiful and very moving. Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty. We’re very excited to have Stephen Butchard’s subtle and brilliant adaptation, and in Julian Farino we have an extraordinary director who delivers emotional truth. I’m so proud The Child In Time will be the first drama produced by SunnyMarch TV.

With tenderness and insight, the film explores the dark territory of a marriage devastated by the loss of a child. Kate’s absence sets Stephen and his wife on diverging paths as both struggle with an all-consuming grief. With the passage of time, a balance of sorts returns, until hope surfaces and triumphs unexpectedly.

Pinewood Television’s Creative Director Helen Gregory, said: “I am delighted to be bringing Stephen’s beautiful adaptation of The Child In Time to the screen in collaboration with such huge talents as Julian Farino and Benedict.”

Novelist Ian McEwan, said: “I’m thrilled to have my novel in the hands of such a high level creative team. I have fond memories of Benedict playing a brilliant and key part in the movie adaptation of Atonement. Now, it’s a great honour to have this actor of such immense resource, experience and subtlety in the lead role of The Child in Time.”

Piers Wenger, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, said: “The Child In Time is a unique and moving story and one which I think will touch the heart of every BBC One viewer. I’m proud to be involved with both Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV’s first television commission, and to welcome Benedict back again to BBC One.

MASTERPIECE Executive Producer, Rebecca Eaton, said: “MASTERPIECE has been proud to showcase Benedict’s work for many years, and of course Sherlock has been a fantastic gift to our audience. To co-produce the first television drama out of his shop SunnyMarch TV, with Pinewood Television is very gratifying.

The Child In Time was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning and Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content, and will be produced by Pinewood Television and SunnyMarch TV and co-produced by MASTERPIECE for BBC One. Executive Producers are Helen Gregory for Pinewood Television, Benedict Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland and David Boulter for SunnyMarch TV, Lucy Richer for the BBC, Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE and Stephen Butchard.

The 1 x 90’ drama will be adapted by Stephen Butchard, directed by Julian Farino and produced by Grainne Marmion. On behalf of STUDIOCANAL, Rola Bauer secured the international rights and partnered with Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE. Owning 20% of SunnyMarch TV Productions STUDIOCANAL will provide studio services including worldwide sales.


Pinewood Television co-produce Season 2 of Jordskott

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Filming is now underway in Sweden on the second season of mystical folklore drama, Jordskott and Pinewood Television is on board as a co-producer.

Starring Moa Gammel as Detective Inspector Eva Thornblad, created by Henrik Bjorn, the first season was a hit in 50 countries across the globe. Produced by Filip Hammarstrom of Palladium Fiction for SVT, the new show will launch autumn 2017.


Pinewood Television and Sony Announce Development Agreement

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Sony’s AXN group of international television networks and Pinewood Television today announced a development agreement for a slate of six television projects, with the goal of producing three high quality original series over the next three years.

The series will be financed in partnership between Sony Pictures Television Networks and Pinewood Television.

The series will air on Sony’s AXN networks, which broadcast in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, with a programming emphasis on high-impact action, crime and mystery.

Led by Creative Director, Helen Gregory, Pinewood’s focus is on high quality original drama series for the global marketplace. Gregory co-created “The Catch” for ABC in the US, and has produced dramas and comedies for the major UK networks BBC, Sky, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5.

Pinewood Television is a joint venture between the UK’s renowned Pinewood Studios and media investment company StoryFirst.

The deal was brokered by Marie Jacobson, EVP, programming and production at Sony Pictures Television Networks, and Peter Gerwe, a Director for Pinewood Television.

Marie Jacobson, EVP, programming and production at Sony Pictures Television Networks said: “As we look for alternative paths to expand original series development, Pinewood TV make for the ideal partners. We are thrilled to join hands with the team at Pinewood and look forward to developing projects that play both in the UK and on our channels around the world.”

Peter Gerwe at Pinewood added:  “We are proud to move forward to bring quality first run programming to the AXN networks.  Led by Marie, the SPTN management are fantastic to work with and our creative teams are a great fit.  We are looking forward to bringing our financing capabilities to the market.”

Sony Pictures Television Networks operates branded entertainment channels reaching over one billion households around the world. Sony’s linear and digital networks offer high quality film and television content from Sony Pictures and third-parties, as well as original content.

Pinewood Television’s focus is on the creation, production and financing of high quality original drama series for the global marketplace.


Pinewood Group plc and StoryFirst to launch Pinewood Television

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Pinewood Group plc (“Pinewood”), a leading provider of services to the global film and television industry, today (26 January 2016) announces a joint venture with StoryFirst PST Limited, part of the family investment office of Peter Gerwe and partners, with investments in pay TV channels, global TV production, and media distribution platforms. The new company is named Pinewood Television Limited (“Pinewood Television”) and its principal business is to create, develop and finance high quality drama series for television for the international market. Helen Gregory has been appointed Creative Director to lead the company.

Pinewood Television is expected to be both an originating producer and a co-producing partner for major drama projects looking for deficit funding. It is in the process of arranging long term external financing from a group of investors and banks to invest directly into its slate.

Pinewood Television will be looking to fill an important gap in the market acting as a one stop shop, through strong partnerships with producers, providing both development and deficit financing to them with enhanced upside economics. The company aims to become a mainstream originator and financier, building a library of TV content, once financed, it will have the ability to facilitate the development, greenlighting, production, marketing and distribution of high end TV drama.

Helen Gregory will lead the creative process from development through production to delivery to broadcasters and distributors. Helen is an award winning producer of drama and comedy for BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC 3, ITV, C4, Five and Sky and was previously a commissioning editor for Drama at Channel Four. Her producing credits include Byker Grover, EastEnders, Grafters, In Defence, No Angels, Never Better, Perfect Day, and Case Histories. Her most recent work includes The Enfield Haunting starring Timothy Spall and Matthew MacFadyen for Sky Living, Cider With Rosie starring Samantha Morton for BBC 1, Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude, BBC 2/BBC America’s The Last Kingdom and Julian Fellowes’s Dr Thorne for Hat Trick/The Weinstein Company and ITV. Helen is the co-creator and co-executive producer of The Catch a new US series for Shondaland/ABC.

Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive, Pinewood Group plc said:

“The global demand for high end television continues to rise dramatically and, with HETV fiscal incentives available, the Pinewood television business will participate in this growing market. Pinewood Television’s offering will build on the financing experience that Pinewood and StoryFirst has developed to date.”

Peter Gerwe, CEO, StoryFirst said:

“I am delighted to be in partnership with Pinewood which, with its iconic and internationally recognised brand, long history and global infrastructure will bring considerable value and a wealth of experience to this joint venture. We are fortunate to have such a strong Board of Directors comprising highly experienced industry executives to guide and build the business. We are immensely pleased that we have been able to recruit such a high profile and talented creative team. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Pinewood, developing and building Pinewood Television into world class originator and owner of high quality television drama.”

Helen Gregory, Creative Director of Pinewood Television said:

“This partnership is uniquely set up as a valuable new content creator of real scale. I am thrilled by the opportunity to provide robust editorial and financial support to the ambitions of world class talent and believe Pinewood Television will be welcomed by the creative community and buyers alike.”


Christian Wikander joins Pinewood Television as Co-production Director

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Christian Wikander, current Head of Drama with SVT, Sweden’s public broadcaster, is joining London-based Pinewood Television as Co-Production Director.

During his tenure at SVT, he and his department are credited with developing and producing international sensations like The Bridge, Real Humans and Jordskott.

Wikander’s remit at Pinewood Television will be to devise a co-production strategy outside of the UK, working with production companies, broadcasters and OTT providers to develop, produce and finance high-end drama series.  Reporting to Pinewood Television’s Creative Director Helen Gregory, Wikander will source projects looking for finance as well as taking the company’s own projects to international partners.  He joins a growing team that now includes Head of Development Louisa FitzGerald, whose credits include Abi Morgan’s River and The Secret starring Jimmy Nesbitt.

Commenting on Wikander’s appointment, Helen Gregory said,

“Christian’s pedigree in creating and producing such high quality drama and some of Scandinavia’s most popular long-running series as well as his experience in international co-production is exceptional and I’m thrilled he’s joining the team at Pinewood Television.”

Wikander created one of the first successful independent production companies in Sweden, and negotiated its sale to Metronome Film & Television Group. As well as leading SVT’s Drama and Entertainment divisions through an exciting period of growth and reinvention, including online content development, he has an unprecedented record in international co-production and sales.

Commenting on his new role, Wikander said,

“I am very happy and proud to be joining Pinewood Television. It’s an exciting and challenging time for drama.   To become part of this strong and ambitious venture is a privilege.”

Wikander starts with Pinewood Television in October 2016 and will divide his time between London and Sweden.