MINDHOUSE PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES BBC STUDIOS DEAL
Mindhouse Productions, the brainchild of filmmakers, Louis Theroux, Arron Fellows and Nancy Strang, has secured a first-look distribution deal with BBC Studios it was announced today (FRI).
The independent production company was founded by Fellows, Strang and Theroux to tackle thought-provoking and complex subjects – some with Theroux attached on-screen.
Co-Founder and Creative Director, Arron Fellows, said: “Louis and I have worked together for nearly three years and our aim has been to use intelligence and humour to explore complex subjects. In founding Mindhouse, our ambition is to build on that track record and nurture new film-making talent.”
Louis Theroux added: “For me this is a long-held dream come true. The idea is to tell stories with nuance, compassion, and playfulness. Some programmes commissioned from Mindhouse, I will present, but for others I will have an off-camera role. And that, for me, is the most exciting part of this new venture: the idea of building a team and putting an array of different new voices and talents on screen.”
BBC Studios Distribution and Mindhouse Productions have entered into a two-year deal that will see BBC Studios become the new indie’s first-look distributor and financing partner for its future slate.
Mark Linsey, BBC Studios’ Chief Creative Officer, said: “Arron, Louis and Nancy have a distinguished track record in making fearless, distinctive and popular programmes. We're delighted to be working with them to tell new stories that will inspire audiences in the UK and around the world.”
Theroux added: “To have the backing of BBC Studios gives us a great deal of confidence and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be launching this new phase of my professional life."
Co-Founder and Director of Development, Nancy Strang, said: “Louis has enjoyed a long partnership with BBC Studios, including distributing his programming around the world for nearly 25 years. To have this continue along with our broader commissions is testament both to the relationship that Arron and Louis have built with BBC Studios and also Studios’ confidence in our ability to deliver engaging content outside of Louis’ own projects.”
Nancy is leading Mindhouse Productions’ development strategy across a range of different broadcasters and platforms in the UK and the US, working with newly appointed Head of Production, Sophie Ardern. Sophie joined from October Films where she worked from 2015 across several projects for Amazon, BBC, Channel 4 Channel 5 and Discovery.
Notes to Editors
Louis Theroux and Arron Fellows previously worked with BBC Studios Production to create documentary singles and series for BBC Two: a highly-acclaimed body of work that includes the BAFTA award-winning series Altered States, as well as singles such as The Night In Question and Mothers on the Edge. Through a career spanning almost 25 years, Louis’ acclaimed range of films has won him three BAFTAs and a Grierson Fellowship and includes some of the most celebrated documentaries of recent times, from Weird Weekends, When Louis Met..., to Dark States - all distributed by BBC Studios to over 200 territories - as well as a feature documentary with a theatrical release, My Scientology Movie.
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