Marking its foray into transmedia programming, GFM Films introduced Making It, a Multi-Platform series, to buyers at MIPTV following the agreement to finance and handle worldwide sales and distribution rights.
Making It is a scripted multi-platform drama developed by lead writer Shelley Miller and produced by Pure Grass Films and Tony Miller. Development funding is in place to complete Series 1 – comprised of 16 x 11 minute scripts for digital distribution or 8 x 30 minutes for commercial/terrestrial broadcast. Guy Collins, Partner, GFM said: “This is a first class drama series exploring universal themes about love and friendship and reaching for success. Set in an aspirational world of creativity and design in the global capital of cool East London, it will transcend borders and appeal to a generation of cosmopolitan young people.”
Producer Tony Miller said: “Without doubt this is one of the most exciting and innovative projects that I have ever worked on. This way of developing, financing and distributing content is the brave new world and Making It is right at its forefront.” Nikki Grass, SVP Marketing and Brand Partnerships, Pure Grass Films added: “We are creating a compelling content proposition that will entertain audiences across multiple platforms, and in doing so will generate ancillary content suitable for brand partnerships and exploitation in international territories.”
BAFTA nominated, Samuel Abrahams, is attached to direct.
Targeted at 16-30 something year old women and men, Making It is an aspirational drama about the lives and loves of four female students sharing a flat and studying at an elite art college in London.
Factoring in the dynamics of distribution in today’s marketplace, the first window of UK distribution will be online and likely supported by brand sponsors. GFM is seeking international partners to license the series for traditional broadcast TV or digital platforms and/or for translation into international formats.
Filming will take place on location in and around East London, and the series will be supported with cutting edge music that will be supervised by Hot House Music, music coordinators for feature films including recent hits The Hobbit and Philomena.
London-based GFM Films is a film company whose principal aim is to develop, produce, finance and sell independent movies and television films & series. Founded in March 2011 by former Handmade Films principals Guy Collins, Fred Hedman and Michael Ryan, the company takes film & television projects from development through to completion and delivery to distributors. Collins and Ryan have between them financed, sold and produced over 200 films, including The English Patient, The General, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Osterman Weekend, the Highlander series and more recently, with Hedman, Planet 51, Fifty Dead Men Walking, Harlock: Space Pirate and forthcoming films The Job and Helix & The Secret Defenders.
About Samuel Abrahams
Samuel is a BAFTA nominated director who has written and directed across drama, documentary and commercial works. Having studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, he is a creative visual storyteller, with an ability to combine truthful performances with beautiful cinematic imagery.
Samuel started out in TV shooting and directing award-winning observational documentaries before moving across to drama. His short film Connect won the Jury Award at Brief Encounters International Film Festival and enjoyed an international festival run before being nominated for a British Academy Award for Best Short Film at the 2011 BAFTA’s. His follow up short film, Hold On Me, premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, won Best Short Film at the London Independent Film Festival and is sold worldwide through iTunes. Samuel has also directed commercials for clients such as British Airways, Sony and WWF.
About Pure Grass Films
Pure Grass Films are a production company partly owned by Moscow-based financier, Christophe Charlier, Chairman of the Brooklyn Nets. Pure Grass create and produce entertainment properties that engage consumers on multiple platforms and which combine traditional forms of financing with Sponsorship. Pure Grass are currently producing a TV series called The Drake Equation with Tim Kring (Creator of Heroes) and Sonar Entertainment, and previous credits include Emmy nominated web series Kirill and Beyond the Rave starring Jamie Dornan.
About Tony Miller
Tony is a producer and executive producer who has worked in all areas of the film and television industry as an entertainment lawyer, then as Chief Operating Officer of television and film, production, sales and distribution companies. He was head of the joint venture theatrical distribution business for Odeon/UCI Cinemas and BSkyB. Prior to this he was a partner in Natural Nylon, the actor based film production company jointly owned by Jude Law and Ewan McGregor, and was also responsible for managing its sister TV company.
About Shelley Miller
Shelley has worked as a Writer for over 15 years. She has written feature films, television dramas and most recently developed an internet drama series, where she heads the Writing Team. Credits include the feature Letters from a Killer with Patrick Swayze, Rockface, an original series for the BBC set in the world of mountain rescue which ran for two seasons, McBride, an American legal drama series for Hallmark, and various contributions to episodic drama for the BBC. Projects in development include a commission for Tinjo Films based on a real-life kidnap, and an adaptation of the story of the rescue of round-the-world sailor Tony Bullimore with Australian co-producer WTFN. She has acted as a script doctor on various projects and also teaches script writing at the National Film and Television School and City University. Shelley also had published a novelization of Letters From a Killer.