International Film Guarantors (IFG) has sealed a multi-picture agreement with Working Title Films whereby IFG will the principal completion guarantor on films from the company for the next two years.

The deal - overseen by IFG's London and Los Angeles offices - also covers films to be produced by Working Titles lower budget division WT2 Films.

The first film to be bonded under the deal will be Bridget Jones' Diary based on the novel by Helen Fielding and set to start shooting this year in London. Renee Zellweger and Hugh Grant star in the film which is financed by Universal Pictures, StudioCanal and Miramax Films.

IFG has already bonded three Working Title films Fargo, Dead Man Walking and The Man Who Cried.