Stewart Till's Signpost Films has unveiled an exclusive deal with Andrew Somper's Atlantic Screen Capital to structure tax and European financing.

Somper was previously managing director and chief operating officer of tax-based financier Grosvenor Park Media and head of the media finance group at law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.

"This whole financial area is of vital significance and to have such access to Andrew's expertise is a huge asset for Signpost," said Till.

Somper added: "I am incredibly pleased to be working with Stewart and Signpost at the early stages of the growth of what I am sure will become a significant force in independent production. The economic environment for film production is not an easy one and I hope that the budget reduction techniques that I bring to the table will add value to the company."