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DRG, Thoroughly Modern ink first-look deal

Indie distributor DRG has signed a two-year, first-look deal with London-based factual features specialists, Thoroughly Modern Media (TMM). TMM is known for its programming featuring chef Heston Blumenthal (pictured), including the ...
October 27, 2016

Indie distributor DRG has signed a two-year, first-look deal with London-based factual features specialists, Thoroughly Modern Media (TMM).

TMM is known for its programming featuring chef Heston Blumenthal (pictured), including the 2016 Grierson Award nominee for Best Science Documentary, Heston’s Dinner in Space (1 x 90 minutes) and Inside Heston’s World (4 x 60 minutes), an SBS Australia commission that followed Blumenthal as he relocated his Fat Duck restaurant to Australia for a year. TMM has also worked on other high-profile food titles, including MasterChef and Saturday Kitchen. Former head of commissioning at SBS Australia Alison Sharman recently joined the prodco as its first creative director.

TMM is continuing to explore innovative food-based ideas and formats, but is also developing a range of other projects and is currently in funded development on a number of titles with UK broadcasters.

“TMM’s productions sit in an interesting space between conventional factual and entertainment and allow us to take something very different out to the international marketplace,” said Katy Cundall, SVP acquisitions at DRG. “There is a brilliant slate of projects already in development and I can’t wait to see what other new ideas evolve over time.”

“We believe that this new partnership with DRG will play an instrumental role in helping to develop and grow our business,” added Jay Taylor, TMM’s managing director.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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