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Lionsgate UK Signs First Look Deal with Indie Bonafide

Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate UK Signs First Look Deal with Indie Bonafide

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Lionsgate UK announced today that it has entered into a first look deal with UK production outfit Bonafide Films to provide projects for worldwide distribution.

Bonafide is currently in production on BBC One's The Last Post, the Peter Moffat (The Night Of) series that tells the story of a regiment of military police and their families stationed in the Middle East during the 1960s Aden Emergency.

The company is also developing an adaptation of JG Ballard's Super-Cannes, adapted by playwright DC Moore and directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess); an original series with BAFTA and Golden Globe winning writer Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy); and adaptations of the George Saunders novella, Bounty, and the Ned Bauman novel The Teleportation Accident with Straughan for Film4.

Bonafide is run by managing director Margery Bone, creative director Elwen Rowlands and head of production and finance Hayley Manning.

The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Alexandra Keen, executive vice president, business and legal affairs, together with Sarah Buxton for Bonafide. Consultant Marc Lorber brought the deal into Lionsgate UK.

Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate's European office commented: "We're excited to be partnering with Bonafide which has proved to have a flair for bringing fresh and unique projects to the table. …

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