DLT Entertainment Joins Forces With Grand Scheme Media To Develop New Entertainment Formats
LONDON 14th December 2018: DLT, the award-winning production and distribution company, have today announced that it has entered into an agreement with consultancy agency Grand Scheme Media to develop new entertainment TV formats in the UK.
Grand Scheme Media, founded by industry veterans Graham Smith and Mark Robson, provides consultation for the television industry, and devises formats, prepares pitches and packages ideas for production. Recent successes that Grand Scheme were involved in include Mr Sloane (Sky Atlantic), I Love Sitcom (BBC One) and Alan Davies – As Yet Untitled (Dave).
Under the terms of the new deal, the two businesses will be able to call on their extensive experience to foster new creative developments to jointly pitch to broadcasters. While developments will primarily focus on non-scripted formats, other programme genres will also be explored. DLT will have exclusive rights to the formats under development during this period, and all resulting commissions will be produced and distributed by DLT.
Grand Scheme Media founders, Graham Smith, a former Executive Producer for the BBC and a Commissioning Executive for Channel 4 and Channel Five, and Mark Robson, a former Executive Producer and development executive for ITV, Endemol, Channel 4, Channel Five, Discovery and Disney, will work closely with DLT President Donald Taffner Jr and the team at DLT’s London offices on developing new projects.
Announcing the deal, Donald Taffner Jr., President of DLT Entertainment, said; “We’re delighted to partner with Graham and Mark to develop new projects. So much of what we do is about working with the right people at the right time, and we believe we have found a great synergy with Graham and Mark. They are a brilliant source of new ideas and will perfectly supplement our already fantastic existing development team. We are very excited to get started.”
Mark Robson said; “We are absolutely delighted to be working with DLT Entertainment to develop new ideas for the screen. What particularly impressed us is knowing DLT are already working with some amazing talents, all of whom are dedicated to creating quality television. It’s a pleasure to be part of the DLT team!”
NOTES TO EDITORS
About DLT Entertainment:
With headquarters in London and New York, DLT Entertainment Ltd. is engaged in every aspect of television distribution and production around the world, as well as stage production in the US and in the UK where it owns London’s Shaftesbury Theatre.
Founded in 1963 as a distribution company by Don Taffner Sr., the company added television production to its portfolio in 1977. It has enjoyed terrific success in its fifty-six year history with legendary hits on both sides of the Atlantic including the multiple award-winning and BBC Trust praised sitcom My Family, As Time Goes By, Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort and Meet My Folks. In addition, DLT has built a reputation as a leading distribution company with classics such as The Benny Hill Show, The World at War, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood, The Russ Abbot Show, Michel LeGrand and Friends, and Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit.
In 2018 DLT expanded its own production activities in the United Kingdom through the acquisition of Vera Productions whose past productions include Getting On, Million Pound Jewellers, Bremner, Bird, and Fortune, and numerous Dispatches such as President Trump’s Dirty Secrets and Politicians for Hire: Cashing in on Brexit.
DLT is also a significant player in the artist management business with key investments in Milburn Browning Associates and The Galton Agency.
London's Shaftesbury Theatre, where Motown, The Musical is curently enjoying a sell out run, is owned by DLT.