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THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY ACQUIRES U.S. RIGHTS TO PEAKY BLINDERS

04 Nov 2013

DEAL INCLUDES FIRST THREE SEASONS WITH OPTION FOR ADDITIONAL SEASONS

Endemol, the world’s largest independent production and distribution company, today announced that The Weinstein Company (TWC) has acquired the television and SVOD distribution rights for the U.S. to the hit British drama series Peaky Blinders in a deal negotiated by Matt Creasey, Endemol’s SVP Sales and Acquisitions, Americas, Asia, Australia and New Zealand with David Glasser, COO, Robert Walak, President and Managing Director Europe and Negeen Yazdi, EVP, Acquisitions and Co-Productions and Rick Brull for The Weinstein Company.

The deal includes seasons 1-3 with an option to acquire further seasons.

Commented TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein: “We have always been big fans of Steven Knight’s work and are extremely excited to bring this show stateside, where it’s sure to thrill audiences just as much as it did in the UK.”

Commented Endemol Worldwide Distribution’s Chief Executive Cathy Payne: “We are extremely excited that Peaky Blinders has found such a distinguished home as The Weinstein Company in the USA.  Peaky Blinders is an outstanding, critically acclaimed series that will enthral American audiences.”

The series premiered on BBC Two on 12th September 2013 and has achieved an average all audience consolidated viewing figure of approximately 2.4 million across the series and an average market share of 9.54% which is an increase of 13.3% on the channel benchmark for the time period.

Peaky Blinders has recently been recommissioned for a second season which will commence production in January 2014.
A Caryn Mandabach Production and Tiger Aspect Production for BBC Two, Peaky Blinders was created by Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises and Locke).


Birmingham, England, 1919. The Shelby family lead the Peaky Blinders - a feared gang named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps. Until now they have made money from illegal bookmaking, protection and the black market. But when a crate of guns goes missing from the local arms factory, Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) recognises an opportunity to move up in the world.
As rival gangs, Communist revolutionaries and IRA Fenians descend on the city in pursuit of the weapons, Winston Churchill dispatches a ruthless police chief from Belfast to impose order on an increasingly lawless city and recover the guns.
The second series will see the Shelby family expand their empire South and North while maintaining a stronghold in their Birmingham heartland.   Thomas' attempts to make the business legitimate will be undermined by sinister forces. Meanwhile his ascent into the decadent high society of ‘20s England will be fuelled by his gangster credentials. 
Peaky Blinders season one was the first recipient of finance from the new £7.5m Yorkshire Content Fund, which is managed by Screen Yorkshire. 

Peaky Blinders boasts a distinguished cast that includes Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight, Inception, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, 28 Days Later), Sam Neill (The Tudors, The Piano, Jurassic Park), Helen McCrory (Hugo, Harry Potter, The Queen), Annabelle Wallis (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Tudors), Paul Anderson (The Firm), Iddo Goldberg (Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Charlie Creed-Miles (Nil By Mouth, Wild Bill). Writer and dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah also joins the cast.


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For more information:

Shannon Becker
Endemol Worldwide Distribution
tel: +61 2 9202 8504     
shannon.becker@endemol.com