UK-based production and financing company Fugitive has partnered with South Africa’s Helena Spring Films to develop its scripted slate for TV.

Helena Spring is the producer behind the Oscar-nominated feature Yesterday, while Fugitive was founded in March last year by Cineflix alum Anthony Kimble.

The deal will also see Fugitive represent the titles in the international market for commissions and financing.

The initial slate will comprise a variety of projects told with “uniquely South African voices” and include the 8 x 60-minute cyber thriller Neon Gold, which mixes a heist adventure with a coming of age story, following a reclusive cyberpunk whizz kid in a futuristic Johannesburg who finds herself in the firing line of Chinese Triads.

Meanwhile, Common Purpose is a limited series set in 1984 Apartheid South Africa and based on the true story of a protest march in Sharpeville that turns violent and leads to a group of young people – The Sharpeville Six –incarcerated for a crime they did not commit.

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