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Extra: ITV, Wise Owl team for Metro series; DLT, Grand Scheme link for formats

Wise Owl Films to produce first series the Metro  Wise Owl Films, Lime Pictures’ recently launched Leeds-based non-scripted label, has been commissioned by UK commercial broadcaster ITV to produce a four-part series ...
December 14, 2018

Wise Owl Films to produce first series the Metro 

Wise Owl Films, Lime Pictures’ recently launched Leeds-based non-scripted label, has been commissioned by UK commercial broadcaster ITV to produce a four-part series based on the Tyne and Wear Metro (pictured).

Tentatively titled Metropolis, the series will follow the stories of the staff, passengers and communities whose lives revolve around the 40-year-old rapid transit rail network in North East England that services 36 million passengers yearly across its 60 stations.

Metropolis has been commissioned by Tom Giles, controller of current affairs at ITV.

DLT, Grand Scheme join forces to develop entertainment formats

New York- and London-based production and distribution firm DLT Entertainment has partnered with Graham Smith and Mark Robson’s consultancy agency Grand Scheme Media to develop television entertainment formats in the UK.

Under the terms of the deal, the two companies will foster new creative developments to jointly pitch formats across non-scripted and various other program genres to broadcasters.

DLT will have exclusive rights to the formats under development, and all resulting commissions will be produced and distributed by DLT.

Grand Scheme Media founders Smith and Robson will work closely with DLT’s London team and president Donald Taffner, Jr on developing the new projects.

Smith is a former commissioning executive for Channel 4 and Channel Five. Robson, meanwhile, has formerly served as exec producer and development exec for ITV, Endemol, Channel 4, Channel Five, Discovery and Disney.

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