London-based prodco October Films has inked an exclusive creative partnership with acclaimed factual director Matt Smith.
Under the deal, Smith (pictured) will be tasked with exclusively producing future projects for UK and international broadcasters and platforms through October, in return for investment in development and production support.
Smith’s recent production credits include the 2018 RTS Programme Award-winning Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, Gareth’s Invictus Choir and David Beckham: For the Love of the Game, all for BBC1; Channel 4′s The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done?, First Dates, and The Catch; and BBC2′s An Hour To Save Your Life.
“Partnering with, and investing in, Matt Smith is the perfect opportunity for October to reaffirm its commitment to nurturing the brightest talent and most powerful programming,” said Jos Cushing, October Films’ head of factual, UK, in a statement.
“The deal with Matt is the first of a number of new joint ventures we will be investing in as a company in the near future,” added October MD Adam Bullmore. “Building creative partnerships and diversifying our business is a key part of our future as we look to build on 29 years of success.”
The exclusive agreement with Smith is the latest in a wave of partnerships launched by October Films, who in 2016 launched New York-based studio Talos Films, a joint venture with Julian P. Hobbs, Elli Hakami and Sky Vision.
October’s recent production credits include Channel 5′s Eight Days That Made Rome, Investigation Discovery’s Home Alone, Channel 4′s From Russia To Iran: Crossing The Wild Frontier and The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done?, BBC2′s Dangerous Borders and BBC3′s Annie: Out of the Ashes.
The company is currently in production on multiple series for Channel 4, the BBC, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel and Lifetime.