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The Inbetweeners distributor DRG is kick-starting a strategy to invest in independent production companies after striking a deal with non-scripted producer Double Yellow Television. DRG has taken an equity stake in the business, which was set up in 2016 by former ITV executives Mark Wells and Glen Middleham.
Double Yellow Television will look to produce factual, factual entertainment and entertainment programming and has just secured its first commission, a “soon to be announced” two-hour documentary for ITV.
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Wells and Middleham have previously produced series including Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The Royal Variety Performance, and The BAFTA Awards, while they also exec produced NBC’s Hit Me Baby One More Time. Wells was Controller of Entertainment at ITV Studios from 2004 to 2009, while Middleham was Executive Producer for Entertainment at ITV Studios until 2009.
In addition to the investment, DRG has taken a first-look development and distribution deal with the production company, which will move into DRG’s new officers later this month. As part of its new strategy, DRG is opening up its office to other producers, offering a central London ‘drop-in’ location for creatives, with no strings attached. The facilities include edit suites and production space, as...
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