Target Entertainment has signed a three-picture deal with Jan Dunn and Elaine Wickham's UK-based Medb Films. Target's Alison Rayson will executive produce the films, which Dunn will direct and Wickham will produce.

The first under the deal is The Calling, Dunn's story about a university student who suddenly decides to become a Benedictine nun. Brenda Blethyn and Susannah York and Rita Tushingman have committed to the project and talks are ongoing with Natalie Press. The $2.5m project will shoot in the UK in August.

The next film will be 2008 shoot When Love Comes To Town, from an ensemble comedy script by Pauline McLynn and Dunn about an Irish seaside town (they are in talks with major Irish producers to come on board).

The third project has not been announced. Screen South has also come on board to put development money into the three-film slate.

'Medb's Jan and Elaine Wickham are an exceptionally talented team,' Rayson said. 'They have an innate ability to attract and engage world class talent such as Bob Hoskins, Josiane Balasko and Brenda Blethyn. With films like Gypo and Ruby Blue they have clearly proven their skill at writing, producing and directing movies for a worldwide audience.'

Target first teamed with Medb on Ruby Blue, the Bob Hoskins and Josiane Balasko project which has been screening in Cannes market. Negotiations are in early stages for UK buyers.