Independent media advisory group Compact Media has inked a production finance deal with indie prodco Urban Canyons for its docu-series Warrior Women. Compact will provide funding for the series in return for a share of revenues from future exploitation of the production.
The 3×52 drama documentary uncovers the most skilled, ferocious and iconic women fighters of all-time, from fifth century BC to the present. It’s currently being filmed in Malta, Kazakhstan, West Africa, the U.S., Mongolia, Turkey, France, Austria and the UK. Shot in 4k, it’s slated to debut July 2017.
The series is also being backed financially by the European Media Creative Fund and the Malta Film Commission. It’s a copro with Smithsonian Networks in the U.S. and German state broadcaster ZDF.
Warrior Women builds on a successful Japanese series previously shot by Urban Canyons (which specializes in history, music, arts and travel documentaries) for Smithsonian Networks, UKTV and ZDF, among others.
The production deal with Urban Canyons is only the latest agreement with an indie prodco for Compact since launching its production finance initiative in October 2015. The initiative will focus on up to 20 production investments in original content over 12 months.