Anthony Kimble’s UK content development and financing outfit Fugitive has struck a partnership with South African producer Helena Spring.

The partnership will see Kimble work closely with Helena Spring Films to develop its slate of scripted titles for TV and represent them on the international market for commissions and financing.

The initial slate includes cyber thriller Neon Gold, drama Common Purpose and 12-part series The Year of Facing Fire.

Spring recently acquired rights to Bitter Eden, Tatamkhulu Afrika’s novel based on his experience of the Second World War. Christiaan Olwagen, who was the director and a writer on Spring’s 2019 film Poppie Nongena, is attached to write and direct the project.

Kimble said: “Having lived in South Africa, I’ve long been aware of Helena’s incredible body of work and I am beyond excited to be working with her on these new projects.

“Much of Helena’s slate covers topical issues of race, gender and sexuality, but with new settings and different types of characters. These are just the sort of programmes that people are saying should be made now – and early interest, particularly from those streamers and broadcasters who like to break new ground, is looking very positive.”

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