The arrangement will see SPE gain exclusive first rights to the full range of the Guardian’s global journalism, with the aim of developing suitable materials for audio-visual adaptation
The collaboration spans the whole of SPE’s television production groups, from its U.S. scripted and nonfiction television divisions, to international production, which includes scripted companies Left Bank Pictures, Bad Wolf, and Eleven, and unscripted, sport and factual entertainment producers such as The Whisper Group. As well as television, the agreement spans SPE’s feature film division, which includes labels such as 3000 Pictures, Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, and Screen Gems.
Under the deal, SPE will have access to the Guardian’s current and developing news stories, and to the Guardian archive, containing 200 years of history across articles, blogs, columns, videos and podcasts.
Keith Underwood, chief financial & operating officer of Guardian Media Group said: “We are delighted to announce this new, strategic collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, which will serve to evolve and grow the Guardian’s activity in TV and Film.
“Guardian journalism has a well-established track record in this space, with Oscar and BAFTA award-winning output over recent years. Sony Pictures Entertainment brings industry-leading development, production and distribution expertise on a global scale, and this agreement reflects our mutual commitment and shared passion to bring more Guardian journalism to screen”.