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Walter Presents sets up new venture

The three founders and creative team behind foreign-language drama company Walter Presents are launching a new scripted venture called Eagle Eye Drama with backing from Channel 4.

Walter Iuzzolino

Walter Iuzzolino, Jo McGrath and Jason Thorp are behind the new company which will focus on producing English-language drama series inspired by hit foreign-language titles that have come through the Walter Presents platform.

Iuzzolino will serve as the company’s CEO while McGrath and Thorp will take on the role of chief creative officer and chief operating officer respectively.

Eagle Eye Drama has the backing of UK broadcaster Channel 4, which will be investing through its Indie Growth Fund and has acquired a minority stake in the new company.

The new prodco currently has several dramas on its development slate and has already secured two commissions from separate broadcasters which will be announced in the new year.

The founding trio will continue to work across Walter Presents as the VoD service continues its plans to roll out into new territories.

Iuzzolino, CEO of Eagle Eye Drama, said: “Walter Presents is uniquely placed to spot drama series with the potential to become stand-out brands on the international stage and to identify the European creatives with the talent to produce beautifully crafted stories. The next logical step for us is to bring together the best drama ideas from around the world and the most inspiring production talent who can re-imagine them for a mainstream English-speaking audience.”

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