UK-based Shine North is partnering with Green Door, the prodco set up by actor Idris Elba (pictured), in a factual copro deal covering the UK and international markets.
The deal sees Shine North and Green Door working to develop and produce factual programs, with Elba in producer and presenter roles. Shine International will distribute the projects globally.
Elba’s Green Door – which is currently developing scripted projects for UK broadcasters – launched last year. The partnership marks the prodco’s first move into unscripted programming.
The deal with Elba follows a previous collaboration in Shine North and Shine TV copro Idris Elba: King of Speed, which premiered on BBC2 in the UK in December.
“Working with the guys on King of Speed was a great experience and one I wanted to repeat,” said Elba in a statement. “This allows us to act on some of the ideas we bounced around during that show and is a great and early step up for Green Door.”
Shine North MD Alex Connock added: “Idris is passionate about making quality factual TV as the success of his documentaries to date bear out. We are delighted to have Green Door as collaborators and we’re already underway on a number of exciting concepts.”