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Idris Elba, Kris Thykier

Idris Elba’s UK production outfit Green Door Pictures has signed a multi-year deal with Kris Thykier’s Archery Pictures. 

Founded in 2013, Green Door has recently produced TV comedy In The Long Run starring Elba and Bill Bailey, which aired its third season on Sky One last year. The firm’s latest feature Concrete Cowboy, also starring Elba, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September last year, and is streaming worldwide on Netflix from spring 2021.

Thykier’s Archery, founded in 2014, is in post-production on John Madden’s Second World War drama Operation Mincemeat starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald. It has also produced three series of thriller Riviera for Sky Atlantic.

“With Green Door Pictures, [Idris] has built a production company founded on the core values of ‘paying it backwards’, providing support and opportunities for creative talent from diverse backgrounds, whom might otherwise fall outside of established industry norms and practice,” said Thykier.

Archery teamed up with Danny Perkins’ Elysian Film Group last November to launch the UK comedy production outfit Mews Films run by producer Kurban Kassam.