Shine North has signed an exclusive deal to develop factual programming with Green Door, a production company recently set up by The Wire and Luther star Idris Elba.
The partnership will see the two companies work together to develop programmes for UK and international markets, with Elba taking on producer and presenter roles. Shine International will handle international distribution.
It follows BBC Two’s two-part documentary Idris Elba: King of Speed, a Shine North/Shine TV co-production that has been sold to over 100 territories.
Alex Connock, Shine North’s managing director, said: “Idris is passionate about making quality factual TV as the success of his documentaries to date bear out. We are delighted to have Green Door as collaborators and we’re already underway on a number of exciting concepts.”
As part of the deal, Elba will develop ideas with Green Door’s Nicholas Yearwood and Ben Schneider. The co-productions will be creatively managed by Shine North’s Rick Murray.
Elba added: “Working with the guys on King of Speed was a great experience and one I wanted to repeat. This allows us to act on some of the ideas we bounced around during that show and is a great and early step up for Green Door.”
Shine opened its Shine North division in Manchester in 2006, and now operates from dock 10’s offices at MediaCityUK.