Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has signed a first-look development deal with John Osborne and his London-based factual indie Touchdown Films.
Under the development deal, the companies will work in combination to develop and produce returnable factual series across the history, crime and celebrity genres.
The two organizations already have several projects in development with UK and U.S. networks, details of which have yet to be revealed.
The first project to stem from the agreement is the special one-off documentary Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed the World (pictured). Directed by Osborne, the archive-driven film will explore the story of the first-ever manned mission to the moon, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this December.
Featured in the one-off doc are interviews with key people directly involved in the Apollo 8 mission and the environmental campaigns that followed.
“Working with Touchdown Films has given us a really exciting opportunity to develop programs which we believe will have broad international appeal – especially those linked to landmark events and anniversaries,” said Emily Elisha, head of factual at Banijay Rights, in a statement.
Osborne is a veteran TV producer specializing in primetime television documentaries. He has previously developed and delivered many hours of acclaimed factual television including History Channel’s Hillsborough Remembered, Showtime’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Exposed and Sky Arts’ The Story of Skinhead.