DRG announces first deal with BritBox
DRG is delighted to announce an initial deal with BritBox, covering a package of British drama and comedy titles, the first of which has just been made available to subscribers.
The new streaming service, established by BBC and ITV, has acquired three series of the award-winning comedy Detectorists (19 x 30), available to view now. This delightful and gentle series following metal detectorists Mackenzie Crook (Britannia) and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games) in their search for lost treasure in the English countryside. Later this week, on 23rd January, BritBox will premiere Synchronicity Films’ The Cry (4 x 60), starring Jenna Coleman (Victoria) and Ewen Leslie (Safe Harbour).
The other titles in the DRG package, which will be made available to BritBox subscribers early in 2020, are all three series of Tracey Ullman’s Show (19 x 30)and Babylon (1 x 90 & 6 x 60). Tracey Ullman’s Show is a satirical sketch show that sees the award-winning and multi-talented Tracey Ullman shape-shift into a wide range of public figures – from Dame Judi Dench and Melania Trump to Jerry Hall and Angela Merkle – as well as some wonderfully offbeat original characters. Babylon is a comedy-drama starring James Nesbitt (Cold Feet) and Brit Marling (The OA). Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), it was created by Boyle, along with Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects), Sam Bain (Peep Show) and 2019 Emmy award-winner Jesse Armstrong (Succession).
Elin Thomas, DRG’s EVP of sales was responsible for the deal with BritBox. She comments: “DRG has a terrific catalogue of great British content, created by some of the UK’s premier producers, so naturally we are enthusiastic supporters of BritBox and thrilled to have some of our titles join the line-up so soon after launch.
“BritBox is also a wonderful platform to showcase the talented actors, writers and directors in this country and in some cases, such as Babylon writer and co-creator Jesse Armstrong, to remind us of the incredible work they had already produced long before Hollywood came calling.”
BritBox is a digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV. The service brings the very best in past, present and future British programming and award-winning content to viewers all in one place for £5.99 per month in HD. British TV boxsets from All 4 and British films from Film 4 will launch on the service in 2020. The service includes high quality factual and entertainment content from Channel 5 plus original British comedies from Comedy Central UK. BritBox features the biggest collection of British content available on any streaming service, and brand new commissions for British production companies specifically created for BritBox. BritBox also offers expert curation and playlists that will enable viewers to easily find programmes they know and discover new favourites via web, mobile, tablet, connected TVs and Chromecast.
DRG is an innovative, creative and fast moving business with content at its core. Starting life as a conventional programme distributor in 2007, the company has evolved into a 360-degree content business that today is involved with programme origination and development, financing, talent, production, production services and distribution.
Covering scripted and unscripted content, as well as formats, DRG has built its reputation by working closely with, and investing in, a wide range of internationally recognised production companies, as well as by using its expertise in the domestic and international markets to help incubate promising start-ups. DRG has an extensive catalogue of more than 13,000 hours and 150 formats: the business has taken Doc Martin to more than 100 territories, including 7 international remakes, was a driving force in bringing Scandi Noir to the world and has nurtured The Farm to become one of the world’s most established competitive reality formats, with versions airing in more 50 territories over a 10-year period.
DRG is part of NENT Studios UK, itself part of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group). Headquartered in Stockholm, NENT Group is a leading international digital entertainment group listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (‘NENT A’ and ‘NENT B’).
For further information, please contact:
Michelle Waldron, Beyond the Box
+44 (0) 7768 568970