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Sony Pictures Television strikes production and distribution deal with Circle Circle Films

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has signed an exclusive deal with director Matt Smith’s Brighton based outfit Circle Circle Films.

Matt Smith

The agreement will see SPT’s international production division co-develop, coproduce and distribute titles on Circle Circle’s slate.

It will also enable Circle Circle Films to build out its core creative team and produce content for global audiences.

Circle Circle Films, created in 2018, is a creative studio specialising in high-end factual TV, premium sports, music and entertainment singles and series, as well as unscripted content.

BAFTA award-winning director Smith is best known for his BBC film Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad.

Circle Circle’s other works include: the true crime box set The Other Mrs Jordan, which recently launched on ITVX, telling the true story of bigamist, fraudster and conman William Jordan; and feature documentaries Rooney and Rio Ferdinand’s Tipping Point for Amazon.

Matthew Justice, exec VP UK & Europe at SPT, said: “Our ambition at SPT is to work with and invest in world class talent, and the breadth of output and success Matt has experienced since he launched Circle Circle Films really speaks for itself.

“As a specialist in ground-breaking documentaries and factual series, we’re tremendously excited to be working with him and his team and complementing our existing non-scripted output with his slate. We’re thrilled that he sees SPT as the best partner to take Circle Circle to the next stage of its journey.”

Smith added: “I’ve been lucky enough to build Circle Circle’s ambitious slate over the past couple of years with prominent titles such as Rooney, Rio Ferdinand’s Tipping Point and The Other Mrs Jordan – Catching the Ultimate Conman, amongst others. I’m thrilled to be partnering with Sony Pictures Television, tapping into their extensive global reach and industry expertise to further turbo-charge our output and build a thriving, inclusive production company.”

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