ENDEAVOR CONTENT TO LAUNCH SALES
ON SEE-SAW FILMS’
‘STATE OF THE UNION’ AT MIPCOM
NICK HORNBY’S ORIGINAL SHORT-FORM COMEDY SERIES DIRECTED BY
STEPHEN FREARS AND STARS ROSAMUND PIKE AND CHRIS O'DOWD
Photo credit: Marc Hom/SundanceTV, copyright 2018
LOS ANGELES CA – October 10, 2018 – Endeavor Content, the scripted television and feature film financing, development and sales division of Endeavor (formerly WME I IMG), will launch international sales at MIPCOM on See-Saw Films’ short-form comedy series ‘State of the Union’ directed by Academy Award®-nominated, BAFTA and Emmy-winner Stephen Frears’ (A Very English Scandal, Philomena), written by Academy Award®-nominated and BAFTA-winning writer Nick Hornby (Brooklyn, An Education) and starring Academy Award® and BAFTA-nominated Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Hostiles) and BAFTA-nominated Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids, ‘Get Shorty’). The series is set to air on SundanceTV, sundancetv.com and Sundance Now in Q1 2019.
A series of ten by ten-minute episodes, ‘State of the Union’ follows Louise and Tom (Pike and O’Dowd) who meet in a pub immediately before their weekly marital therapy session. With each successive episode we piece together how their lives were, what drew them together and what has started to pull them apart. Hornby explores the complexities of marriage with his inimitable honesty and humour.
Gary Marenzi, Head of Entertainment Sales and Partnerships for Endeavor Content said: “Nick Hornby’s sharp and witty script is complemented by Stephen Frears’ intelligent direction and Rosamund and Chris shine in their performances as a married couple in crisis. We are delighted to be partnering with See-Saw Films once again in presenting buyers with a comedic look into the universal story of marital bliss and misery.”
See-Saw Films’ COO of Television, Hakan Kousetta and Head of Television, Jamie Laurenson added “We are so proud of how this incredible team came together, both in front of and behind the camera. The show is the kind of unique and innovative project we love to champion at See-Saw and having Endeavor Content on board to represent the series is the icing on the cake.”
See-Saw Films produced the series for SundanceTV. Amy Jackson serves as producer for See-Saw Films with Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Nick Hornby with Stephen Frears executive producing. Kristin Jones, E
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ABOUT SEE-SAW FILMS
Academy Award® winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman founded See-Saw Films in 2008. See-Saw specializes in international Film and Television production with offices in the UK, Australia and the US. Chief Operating Officer, Hakan Kousetta, co-runs the TV division with its creative Head of TV Jamie Laurenson.
See-Saw’s television division formally started in 2012 and kicked off with the multi-award winning first season of Jane Campion’s ‘Top of the Lake’. Last year Campion returned with ‘Top of The Lake: China Girl’ starring Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie which premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
‘The New Legends of Monkey’ is See-Saw’s live action television series for Netflix, ABC Australia and TVNZ. See-Saw is currently in pre-production on ‘The End’ starring Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor, written by Sam Strauss and to be directed by Jessica M Thompson and Jonathan Brough; and is in development on ‘The North Water’ to be written and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years), adapted from the novel by Ian McGuire.
See-Saw’s recent film projects include six-time Academy Award® nominated Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara; Mary Magdalene starring Academy Award® nominees Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix; John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman; and Academy Award® winner Steve McQueen’s Widows which See-Saw is producing for New Regency to be released by Twentieth Century Fox in 2018.
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