StoryFirst: Starlings Entertainment Takes Stake In UK Producer StoryFirst & Preps Eric Clapton-Inspired 1970s Music Biz Drama ‘The Manager’ As Part Of Joint Development Fund

Starlings Entertainment has taken a financial stake in Lord Michael Grade-backed British drama producer StoryFirst as part of a wide-ranging deal that will see the two companies team up on scripted series.

The two companies have formed a joint development fund as part of the agreement and have set their first two projects to include the 1970s-set Eric Clapton-influenced music business drama The Manager.

The development fund will cover premium drama and family entertainment and also includes Sherlock’s Daughter, a murder mystery exec produced by The Closer creator James Duff that the producer of The CW’s Pandora and Peacock’s Departure has been developing.

The deal gives Starlings Entertainment a stake in StoryFirst, whose founders, including former BBC Chairman, Channel 4 CEO and ITV Executive Chairman Grade, Peter Gerwe and Ivan Dunleavy, former CEO of Pinewood Studios Group, acquired Pinewood Television in 2017.

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