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John Morton adapts Call My Agent for Headline Pictures

Headline Pictures and BRON Studios to relocate French comedy to London.

W1A creator John Morton’s next TV project is set to be an English language remake of hit French comedy Call My Agent. BRON Studios, the Canadian co-financier of Warner Bros’ movie Joker and HBO’s Euphoria, will co-produce the series with The Man in the High Castle co-producer Headline Pictures.

Headline Pictures and BRON Studios to relocate French comedy to London

W1A creator John Morton’s next TV project is set to be an English language remake of hit French comedy Call My Agent!.

BRON Studios, the Canadian co-financier of Warner Bros’ movie Joker and HBO’s Euphoria, will produce the series with The Man in the High Castle co-producer Headline Pictures.

Morton, who also wrote BBC2 mockumentaries Twenty Twelve and People Like Us, will write, direct and serve as an executive producer on the project, which relocates the talent agency setting from Paris to London.

Production is scheduled to start in and around London in June 2020 and the series will feature A-list British and American cameos.

Created by Fanny Herrero, Call My Agent! (Dix Pour Cent) is currently in its fourth season and is available in the UK on Netflix.

The move steps up BRON’s push into international television after Shadowplay, its upcoming Berlin-set thriller that is scheduled to debut in 2020.

Morton will be joined as executive producer by BRON’s Aaron L. Gilbert, David Davoli and Steven Thibault; Headline Pictures’ Christian Baute; the show’s original producers Aurélien Larger and Harold Valentin of Mother Productions; plus Dominique Besnehard and Michel Feller of Mon Voisin Productions.

Baute and BRON executive vice-president of international television David Davoli negotiated the deal with Sabine Chemaly of TF1 Studio and Julia Schulte of France TV Distribution on behalf of Mon Voisin Productions and Mother Productions.

“In this time of political, social and climate upheaval, the world needs to be entertained, and more importantly, to laugh, and there is no one better than John Morton to do that and to bring this UK version of this series to life set against a dynamic London backdrop,” said Davoli.

“As a follow up to our first series Shadowplay, we see this adaptation as a cornerstone of BRON’s growth in the international television space and will endeavor to entertain audiences around the world with it for many years to come.”

Baute added: “Serendipitously, I came across the French original on France 2 in Autumn 2015 – it had a record audience share of over 5 million viewers and I immediately loved it – it’s a brilliant, relatable, workplace comedy drama that drew in a wide audience from all ages and backgrounds.”

A ”thrilled, startled and daunted” Morton said: “If we’re all very ambitious for this project, it’s only because the original is so good.”

No broadcaster is yet attached to the adaptation.

Read more at Broadcast Now

October 14, 2019

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