The production company behind the multi-award winning international hit drama Vera has rebranded to Silverprint Pictures. Kate Bartlett’s drama label, formerly known as ITV Studios, London Drama, will begin the New Year with the launch of series 8 of Vera on ITV, shown for the first time under the Silverprint Pictures banner.
Separately, Silverprint Pictures has just won the exclusive television rights to Black Tudors: The Untold Story, from Emily Hayward Whitlock at The Artists Partnership and Charlie Viney at The Viney Shaw Agency. Miranda Kaufmann’s critically acclaimed historical book explores African settlers living freely in Tudor England. The plan is to develop the stories from Kaufmann’s book into an epic and ambitious returning drama series.
Silverprint Pictures is also behind the forthcoming new crime thriller series Dark Heart for ITV. Written by Chris Lang, the six-hour drama stars Tom Riley as DI Wagstaffe and is inspired by characters created by crime novelist Adam Creed.
The New Year will also see the return of Silverprint Pictures’ Shetland for BBC One. The fourth series of the acclaimed six part crime serial will premiere in early 2018, with Douglas Henshall returning as DI Jimmy Perez.
Bartlett said: “Over the last year we’ve rapidly expanded and broadened our development slate. We’re enormously proud of our heritage in a wide range of quality drama and as we build on that and develop ever more ambitious series for the international market, it felt important that our label had its own distinctive identity.”
“Winning the rights to Black Tudors is a great example of the direction of Silverprint Pictures. This is a previously untold story of Britain’s multicultural heritage, which lends itself to the increasing demand for thought-provoking, high end drama which will appeal to viewers from around the world.”