Emmys: Britain’s Got Talent, and the U.S. Has Got Money

Variety | 9/23/2019 | Stewart Clarke
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Brits registered a huge night at the Emmys, with involvement in 13 of the 27 awards given out Sunday night. But scratch the surface, and the strong trans-Atlantic links for the U.K. successes become clear. Yes, Britain’s got talent, but the U.S. has the cash to help bankroll it.

Take big winner “Fleabag,” which scooped four awards, including two for creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who took home acting and writing trophies. The show was originally piloted by digital channel BBC Three, which commissioned a series, whereupon Amazon got involved. “It’s full of characters and locations and not the kind of show you can make for a cheaper budget, so having Amazon on board financially, and with the platform they have given it internationally, has been brilliant,” exec producer Jack Williams told Variety.

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“It makes sense for both countries,” added Williams, who is managing director of Two Brothers Pictures, which makes “Fleabag.” “We share so much talent; we speak the same language. You look at ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘Fleabag’ and say, ‘Why wouldn’t you try and make that work when you can and you don’t have to force it?’ You can make a show that works in both territories in a way you are both happy with. It’s definitely the way forward.”

The co-production model is increasingly in vogue in an era of big-bucks drama. “Chernobyl,” whose Emmy haul hit double digits, is the latest show to emerge from a partnership between London-based Sky and HBO. Sky basked in further Emmy success as the U.K. home of HBO and Showtime shows, making it the broadcaster of such award-winners as “Barry” and “Succession,” for which a Brit, Jesse Armstrong, won the best-writer, drama, prize.

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“We’re delighted to see so many of the shows we have co-produced and broadcast collect these iconic awards,” said Zai Bennett, Sky’s managing director...
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