Walter Presents team launches Eagle Eye
The creative team behind Walter Presents has launched Eagle Eye Drama, a scripted venture that will re-make hit global series as English-language productions.
Walter Iuzzolino (pictured), Jo McGrath and Jason Thorp will re-version successful foreign-language shows that they discovered and nurtured on Walter Presents channels worldwide.
Eagle Eye Drama has the backing of Channel 4, who will be investing through its Indie Growth Fund and taking a minority stake in the new company.
Eagle Eye has several dramas on their development slate and have won two commissions from two broadcasters, projects which they will announce early next year. Alongside the new venture the trio will continue to work across Walter Presents, as the service rolls out into new territories.
Iuzzolino said: “Walter Presents is uniquely placed to spot drama series with the potential to become stand-out brands on the international stage and to identify the European creatives with the talent to produce beautifully- crafted stories.
“The next logical step for us is to bring together the best drama ideas from around the world and the most inspiring production talent who can re-imagine them for a mainstream English-speaking audience.”
Alex Mahon, CEO of Channel 4: “Walter’s passion, expertise and understanding of tastes in global TV drama is unrivalled, demonstrated by the huge success of Walter Presents.
"We’re very excited to extend our successful partnership with Walter, Jo and Jason as they expand into production to bring foreign TV gems even closer to British audiences through this innovative venture.”
Walter Presents launched in January 2016 in the UK as a video-on-demand service.
Also on The Knowledge
World Productions is in pre-production on The Pembrokeshire Murders, a new ITV crime drama based on real-life events.
It’s been a super-busy year for the film and TV industry, as inward investment projects continue to boost the sector’s UK revenue to a record high.
Directors UK has announced that Andy Harrower will replace current CEO Andrew Chowns when the latter retires next year after a decade in the role.
Manchester has enjoyed its busiest year to date for high-end TV drama (HETV).
A new drama from the creators of Esio Trot (pictured) is in development as part of the BBC’s commitment to boost disability representation on and off screen in 2020.
BBC One’s Scottish drama Shetland has been greenlit for two more series with Douglas Henshall set to reprise his role of DI Jimmy Perez.