Kapadia, Gay-Rees launch On the Corner indie

Senna director Asif Kapadia and producer James Gay-Rees are teaming up with actor David Morrissey and producer Jolyon Symonds to launch the indie On The Corner. (Pictured, L-R: Morrissey, Symonds, Kapadia, Gay-Rees)
November 6, 2014

Senna director Asif Kapadia (pictured, second from right) and Exit Through The Gift Shop producer James Gay-Rees (right) are teaming up with actor David Morrissey (left) and producer Jolyon Symonds (second from left) to launch an indie called On The Corner.

The prodco will specialize in scripted and unscripted fare for film and television. Kapadia and Gay-Rees – who worked together on Senna and are currently developing a documentary on late pop singer Amy Winehouse – will oversee the development of a slate of feature films.

Meanwhile, Symonds – a producer on dramas such as Channel 4′s Complicit - and The Walking Dead actor Morrissey will manage scripted content for television. Mike Ellen, a former producer for BBC Scotland’s drama division, has also joined the company as head of development.

On the Corner has inked a two-year, first-look deal with distributor BBC Worldwide, and has development deals in place on a six-part series with British screenwriter Tim Firth, as well as other scripted projects.

“It is great to be able to share and develop ideas with people who have the same drive and creative aspirations, so setting up On The Corner with David, Jolyon and James is an ideal way of developing ideas whether they are for theatrical release or television,” said Kapadia in a statement. “Our aim is to produce original productions which emotionally engage the audience no matter what medium.”

Gay-Rees added: “We also intend to explore the TV factual space, building on our recent experience on the feature doc side. We want to be bold and innovative across all our output.”

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