Endeavor Content Brings Global Broadcasters Into Element Pictures

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International Premiere Partners Joining Include
Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max EMEA, Lionsgate Play, SYN and
Wavve

London / Los Angeles – June
10, 2021
– Endeavor Content, Element Pictures
(The Favourite, Room, The Lobster),
Lenny Abrahamson (Room, The Little Stranger,
Frank) and bestselling author Sally Rooney’s series
“Conversations With Friends” – the team’s second
collaboration following the global phenomenon of “Normal
People” – has presold to a host of leading global
broadcasters and platforms. Endeavor Content, handling
global distribution for the project, has secured deals with
Amazon Prime Video (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and
Africa), HBO Max EMEA (Spain, Portugal, Nordics, CEE,
Netherlands, Baltics), Lionsgate Play (India), SYN (Iceland)
and Wavve (Korea). RTÉ will broadcast the series in
Ireland.

Commissioned by BBC Three in the UK and Hulu
in the US, the series stars emerging talent Alison Oliver,
Sasha Lane (American Honey, The Miseducation Of
Cameron Post
), Joe Alwyn (The Favourite, Billy
Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
) and Jemima Kirke (“Sex
Education”, “Girls”). Academy Award nominee and
“Normal People” director Lenny Abrahamson shares
directorial duties with Leanne Welham (Pili, “His
Dark Materials”). The series is co-financed by Northern
Ireland Screen.

Producers Element Pictures
said:
“We are so thrilled to be re-uniting
with our friends at Endeavor Content as they lead the charge
in selling this show internationally. We loved working with
them on Normal People and know we are in brilliant hands on
Conversations With Friends.”

Director
Lenny Abrahamson said
: “Having had such a
great experience working on Normal People, I’m so excited,
along with our brilliant cast, crew and everyone at Element
Pictures, to be bringing Sally’s wonderful first novel to
the screen. I think, like our first collaboration with
Sally, Conversations With Friends has a unique combination
of the specific and local with a kind of universal appeal.
I’m delighted that we are partnering once again with
Endeavor Content to get the show to viewers all around the
world.”

“Conversations With Friends is a
highly anticipated series from some of the best creatives in
the business, and following our collaboration on the
sensation that is Normal People, we’re excited to be
partnering with them once again to find the perfect homes
for this series across the globe. With our deep-rooted
market understanding and relationships – we’ve secured a
group of leading platforms and broadcasters ideally
positioned to bring this title to an international
audience,”
comments Prentiss Fraser, EVP
Television Distribution at Endeavor
Content
.

“Conversations with Friends”
follows Frances (Alison Oliver), a 21 year old college
student, as she navigates a series of relationships that
force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first
time. Frances (Oliver) is observant, cerebral and sharp. Her
ex-girlfriend, now best friend, Bobbi (Lane) is
self-assured, outspoken and compelling. Though they broke up
three years ago, Frances and Bobbi are virtually inseparable
and perform spoken word poetry together in Dublin. It’s at
one of their shows that they meet Melissa (Kirke), an older
writer, who is fascinated by the pair. Bobbi and Frances
start to spend time with Melissa and her husband, Nick
(Alwyn), a handsome but reserved actor. While Melissa and
Bobbi flirt with each other openly, Nick and Frances embark
on an intense, secret affair that is surprising to them
both. Soon the affair begins to test the bond between
Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense
of self, and the friendship she holds so dear.

The
12×30 drama has been adapted from the debut novel by Sally
Rooney. On board as executive producers are Ed Guiney
(“Normal People”, The Favourite, Room,
The Lobster), Emma Norton (“Normal People”,
Rosie, The Souvenir: Part II) and Andrew Lowe
(“Normal People”, The Favourite) for Element
Pictures, Rose Garnett (“Normal People”, The
Favourite
, The Souvenir) and Tommy Bulfin
(“Normal People”, “Line of Duty”, “Peaky
Blinders”) for the BBC and Lenny Abrahamson. Catherine
Magee (“Normal People”, “Resistance”,
“Rebellion”) is series producer and Jeanie Igoe
(“Ramy”, Miss Juneteenth, The Green
Knight
) is producer. Alice Birch (“Normal People”,
“Succession”, Lady Macbeth), Mark O’Halloran
(Rialto), Meadhbh McHugh (Asking For It) and Susan
Soon He Stanton (“Succession”) have adapted the novel
for TV.

Following Sally Rooney’s critically
acclaimed debut novel Conversations With Friends, she was
awarded 2017’s Sunday Times Writer of the Year Award. Her
literary phenomenon of the following year, Normal People,
was adapted for TV by Element Pictures, alongside Sally
Rooney, Alice Birch and Mark O’Rowe and directed by Lenny
Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald. The Emmy and TCA-nominated,
BAFTA and RTS-winning show starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and
Paul Mescal received huge critical acclaim following
transmission, and global sales on the title are handled by
Endeavor Content.

Contact:

endeavor@ddapr.com

CWF@premiercomms.com

About
Endeavor Content:

Endeavor Content is a global leader
in the production, financing and sales of premium film,
television, and audio content. The studio produces TV series
such as See and Truth Be Told on Apple TV+ and
the upcoming Nine Perfect Strangers for Hulu,
Severance for Apple TV+ and Tokyo Vice for HBO
Max. Endeavor Content also handles distribution for hit
series including Killing Eve, Normal People
and The Night Manager. Endeavor Content is a division
of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content
company.

About Element Pictures

Element
Pictures is an award-winning film and drama production
company run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in
Dublin, London and Belfast. Recent productions including
NORMAL PEOPLE, the 12×30 mins series for BBC Three and HULU
directed by Lenny Abrahamson, based on Sally Rooney’s
best-selling novel and Yorgos Lanthimos’ Academy Award,
Golden Globe and BAFTA winning THE FAVOURITE.

Previous
productions include all of Lenny Abrahamson’s films,
including Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning
ROOM, THE LITTLE STRANGER and Yorgos Lanthimos’ English
language films THE LOBSTER (Jury Prize, Cannes) and THE
KILLING OF A SACRED DEER; as well as Sebastián Lelio’s
DISOBEDIENCE. Television drama includes THE DUBLIN MURDERS,
an 8-part series for BBC and Starz, a co-production with
Euston Films.

Upcoming film productions include Yorgos
Lanthimos’ POOR THINGS, starring Emma Stone for
Searchlight Pictures; historical biopic CHEVALIER DE
SAINTS-GEORGES, starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. for Searchlight
Pictures; and Sebastián Lelio’s THE WONDER, with Florence
Pugh in the title role. Forthcoming TV productions include
Shane Meadows’ period drama debut THE GALLOWS POLE for the
BBC; Nancy Harris’ THE DRY, a six-part comedy drama, and
the television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s debut literary
sensation, CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS, for BBC Three and
HULU, which is currently in production.

Upcoming film
releases of completed productions include Sean Durkin’s
THE NEST starring Jude Law and Carrie Coon for BBC
Films/FilmNation; Phyllida Lloyd’s HERSELF; and two
collaborations with Joanna Hogg starring Academy Award
winner Tilda Swinton for BBC Films and A24 – THE ETERNAL
DAUGHTER and THE SOUVENIR PART II, both executive produced
by Martin Scorsese. THE SOUVENIR PART II will enjoy its
world premiere at Directors’ Fortnight 2021.

Element
Pictures also runs a distribution company in Ireland as well
as the Light House Cinema in Dublin and Pálás Cinema in
Galway

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