Warehouse 51 inks copro deals for Nat Geo, SBS

Since launching last fall, UK indie Warehouse 51 Productions has secured copro deals for Nat Geo U.S., SBS Australia and Animal Planet. (Pictured: Warehouse 51 MD Carl Hall)
October 9, 2014

Since its launch last fall, UK indie Warehouse 51 Productions has secured copro deals for National Geographic Channels U.S., SBS Australia and Animal Planet.

As previously announcedCarl Hall (pictured), the former MD of Sky Vision, left the company last November to form the indie, which is a rebrand of Sky Vision’s Bristol-based production office.

The prodco is currently in production on various projects including a one-hour special called Area 51: The CIA’s Secret Files, a copro with Sky Vision for Nat Geo U.S., and a 4 x 60-minute series entitled Nature’s Treasure Islands, a copro with Redfern Natural History Productions that has been sold to SBS Australia. Various projects are also under way for Animal Planet, though details have yet to be announced.

In addition, Warehouse 51 is producing a feature-length doc called Hustlers Convention, on an iconic event in the history of rap music. The doc – which is being made with Riverhorse – received funding from Creative England and is set to be distributed by Kaleidoscope Films.

The company’s business model involves forming partnerships on a project-by-project basis, and assisting producers in deficit funding, legal and business affairs, and distribution deals through coproductions in return for a share of IP rights.

“Warehouse 51 is a new type of media company in a world increasingly dominated by super indies and traditional distributor-producer relationships,” said Hall in a statement. “We’re not looking to tie in execs to staff jobs or buy companies. Instead, we will work as genuine partners with directors and producers who want to get their projects made without losing control of their creativity or rights.”

The exec added: “Getting projects off the ground these days can be incredibly difficult, with complex coproduction, financing and rights requirements from broadcasters, let alone the creative input needed as a director-producer.

“Our expertise across distribution, financing and production and willingness to bring in the best partners to achieve this on a project-by-project basis means we can offer an entirely new and different choice,” he said.

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