Endemol and Origin will jointly develop and finance a new slate of drama series for the UK and international markets, with EWD as distributor

Producer/distributor Endemol is to enter into an exclusive first-look development and distribution deal with international drama producer Origin Pictures to take effect later this month.

The three-year deal will see Endemol provide development funding in return for exclusive first-look distribution rights on Origin Pictures television titles.

Endemol have an existing relationship with Origin, with Endemol Worldwide Distribution (EWD) handling the distribution rights for miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley, which launched last year.

David Thompson, the former BBC Films boss who now heads Origin, said the new relationship would “allow our ideas to flourish in the international marketplace”.

Thompson launched Origin in 2008, having run BBC Films for over a decade. Origin Pictures credits include the TV movie Freefall starring Dominic Cooper, BAFTA nominated miniseries The Crimson Petal and the White starring Romola Garai, Chris O’Dowd, Gillian Anderson and Richard E. Grant; miniseries Hidden starring Philip Glenister,  Thekla Reuten and David Suchet; and the upcoming BBC1 miniseries Jamaica Inn starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Matthew McNulty.  Jamaica Inn will be distributed by Fremantle Media Enterprises.

Origin Pictures were also the producer of the Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated feature Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.