Magazine article Screen International

Studiocanal Invests in Benedict Cumberbatch's SunnyMarch TV

Magazine article Screen International

Studiocanal Invests in Benedict Cumberbatch's SunnyMarch TV

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Studiocanal has kicked offMIPTV by announcing investment in a trio of independent TV drama production companies in the UK and Spain.

The Paris-based cinema and high-end TV division of Canal+ said it had taken a 33% share in Spanish company Bambú Producciones as well as 20% stakes in the UK's Urban Myth Films and 20% in Sunny March TV.

Each deal includes distribution agreements, according to the French powerhouse.

Studiocanal said it had a special relationship with actor Cumberbatch through his roles in their feature productions, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Imitation Game.

The investment is in the recently launched TV arm of the company, rathan than the film operation. Studiocanal and SunnyMarch's film arm are currently developing feature The War Magician.

Urban Myth Films was founded in 2013. Its team of international producers and screenwriters includes Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, who were behind the launch of Shine Drama in 2002 and of several international hits series, including Merlin for BBC One.

Other company members include Howard Overman who created and wrote on several hit shows, including Misfits on E4.

Founded in 2007 by Teresa Fernandez-Valdes and Ramon Compos, Bambú Producciones is one of Spain's highest profile TV drama companies. …

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