Magazine article Screen International

'Amy' Producer Sets Sights on TV

Magazine article Screen International

'Amy' Producer Sets Sights on TV

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“If we were making Amy, Senna and Maradona today, we would do six-hour versions.”

‘Amy’

Amy producer James Gay-Rees is looking to land more multipart series as his Oscar-winning indie On The Corner steps up its push into TV.

Headed by producer Gay-Rees and director Asif Kapadia, On The Corner secured its first TV commission last year, for BBC1 doc series Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation - an exploration of the racially charged murder of Stephen Lawrence. The three-part series launches on 16 April.

Gay-Rees told (Screen’s sister publication) Broadcast that the series - which marks the 25th anniversary of the headline-making case and includes interviews with Theresa May and Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre - is a “transitional” piece that reflects the “uber premium” company’s ambitions in the television space.

“It played to our strengths and is one of the most emotionally powerful things we’ve made,” said Gay-Rees. “Three hours is a lot of archive, and we made it in eight months - a quarter of the time we normally take.”

As well as Oscar-winning Amy Winehouse film Amy, On The Corner was responsible for Ayrton Senna bio-doc Senna.

While the Clerkenwell-based indie remains focused on feature docs, such as its forthcoming eponymous film about Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona, Gay-Rees highlighted that it is increasingly mindful of taking multi-episode approaches to subject matter.

“There is an argument that if we were making Amy, Senna and Maradona today, we would do six-hour versions, partly because the marketplace economics now demand that. Things have shifted radically since we were making those movies. Maybe we would be doing more SVoD series deals if we were looking at those subjects in the current landscape.”

On The Corner’s success in film has helped to open doors for its TV work, according to development executive Victoria Musguin-Rowe.

“Having a background in feature docs is very helpful,” she said. …

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