Cirkus, the on-demand television service that offers international viewers complete seasons of the best of British television, has agreed a multi-year output deal with Endemol which will bring high profile television series such as ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’,and ‘Peaky Blinders’ onto the service. The deal was negotiated by Hugh Williams, co-founder and director of Cirkus and Holly Winder, Sales Director – Nordic and Mark Lawrence, Executive Director – Europe for Endemol Worldwide Distribution.
Cirkus is a unique collaboration between content consultancy Content&Co, media lawyers Wiggin and digital product designers Ostmodern.
The deal gives Cirkus access to Endemol’s new slate of drama, comedy and entertainment titles as well as its extensive catalogue. It includes programmes like ‘The Ark’ – scheduled for transmission on the BBC later in 2014 – as well as top performing prime-time catalogue drama and comedy such as ‘Prisoners’ Wives’, ‘Public Enemies’ and ‘Secret Diary of a Call Girl”.
This deal will complement existing long-term deals Cirkus has with ITVGE, BBC Worldwide and All3Media International.
For Cirkus Hugh Williams said: ‘This deal enormously strengthens our programme offering building on the unrivalled range and depth of the best of British TV available to Cirkus. Endemol’s significant investment in new programmes, particularly drama, means that Cirkus can now provide a greater range of top British titles on demand than anyone else.’
Cathy Payne, Chief Executive of Endemol Worldwide Distribution, said ‘We’re delighted to have agreed a deal with Cirkus. We think that the service is going to be an increasingly important vehicle for the international distribution of British television programmes and we’re looking forward to sharing in its success.’