Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has taken a minority stake in Blueprint Television. The new venture led by Pete Czernin and Graham Broadbent of Blueprint Pictures will focus on high end, returning U.K. drama series that can travel internationally, with SPT distributing around the globe. The investment reflects SPT’s strategy to meet the increasing demand for premium drama around the world. Co-Chairmen Broadbent and Czernin and managing director Diarmuid McKeown will team up with executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins, who joins as head of Television following his time at the helm of EastEnders (BBC). Blueprint is launching the TV division following the success of films including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, as well as last year’s BBC1 drama The Outcast.

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