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Phil Fairclough’s Two Wise Monkeys and Bomanbridge ink first-look deal

Veteran factual producer Phil Fairclough and his production company Two Wise Monkeys Entertainment has signed a first-look deal with Singapore-based Bomanbridge Media. The agreement creates a pathway for both companies’ continued growth ...
October 5, 2021

Veteran factual producer Phil Fairclough and his production company Two Wise Monkeys Entertainment has signed a first-look deal with Singapore-based Bomanbridge Media.

The agreement creates a pathway for both companies’ continued growth through new content partnerships and global sales. The agreement gives Bomanbridge a first option to distribute and invest in Two Wise Monkeys’ development slate.

The prodco recently produced Cher & The Loneliest Elephant for a range of international broadcasters, as well as the crime series Dying To Be Famous and The Hunt for Escobar’s Hippos. Fairclough (pictured) has created and overseen hundreds of hours of original content, both as a producer and network executive.

Two Wise Monkeys’ current projects include a revolutionary view of Mary, mother of Jesus, a cooking/lifestyle series with singer Joss Stone, a robotic dinosaur show, a new take on legendary outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, a series showcasing stories of survival and technology in the aviation world, a production on the Congo, as well as multiple series and formats in development covering wildlife, paranormal, treasure hunting, cars, biographies, and one of Fairclough’s personal passions, trees and flowers.

“Bomanbridge has kicked off an aggressive growth initiative both in content IP and partnering relationships, and a first look deal with Phil Fairclough is a perfect opportunity. Phil has a terrific track record as a producer in varied genres and is currently carrying an amazing slate of diverse projects. We look forward to launching the first development slate at MIPCOM,” said Bomanbridge Media CEO Sonia Fleck in a release.

Added Fairclough: “I was looking for a like-minded partner who can help Two Wise Monkeys grow internationally and Sonia with her team at Bomanbridge Media have impressed me greatly with their commitment, skills, connections and ambition. We are truly looking together to create shows that are meaningful, distinctive and which will travel across global audiences. My creative philosophy has always been to zig while others zag. The exciting thing with Bomanbridge is that they really understand and appreciate the value of creatively different ideas. They share my creative and business vision… and don’t just see shows as merchandise”

The deal revives a long-standing alliance between Fairclough and Bomanbridge Media’s commercial director, Peter Pas, who recently joined Bomanbridge to grow the company’s business in the UK and Europe.

“Phil and I first collaborated at ITV, when he was growing their wildlife business and we’ve stayed close. It’s great to be working together again. Phil has always been that rare combination of a passionate and creatively driven producer, who completely understands the international market and the business of the business,” said Pas of the reunion.

Bomanbridge’s current factual highlights at MIPCOM include the feature documentary My Childhood, My Country: 20 Years In Afghanistan, the digital impact one-off #KidsOnTech and the “from above” series, Through the Seasons: China.

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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