28 FEB 2024

Newen Connect to invest in Jude Law's Riff Raff Entertainment

Both companies are already working together to develop "The Foreign Desk" with Jude Law attached to star, and an original female-led show based on a true story with Kirstie Swain.

28 FEB 2024

Newen Connect and Riff Raff Entertainment deal

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Newen Connect and Riff Raff Entertainment, the film and television production company co-founded by actor Jude Law and his creative partner Ben Jackson, have agreed a partnership - underwritten by global production and financing studio Anton - that will see Newen Connect invest in Riff Raff Entertainment’s TV development projects and gain a first-look option on titles.

Both companies are already working together to develop "The Foreign Desk", an original political thriller written by Marek Horn ("Rivals"), and with Jude Law attached to star. Together they are also developing an original female-led show based on a true story with Kirstie Swain ("Pure").

The deal provides Riff Raff Entertainment with significant funding to help the production company further expand the team, develop its ever-growing slate of TV projects, and provide a distribution network to international buyers. At the same time, the arrangement strengthens Newen Connect’s plans to collaborate with major talent, in addition to Newen Studios producers, and to provide financial support to creatives to help them get their projects into production. It also gives Newen Connect additional access to high-end English language IP, as it seeks to further build its English-speaking catalogue to complement its impressive portfolio of European titles.

Rodolphe Buet, General Director at Newen Connect says: “This partnership with Riff Raff Entertainment marks a significant step forward in Newen Connect’s English-speaking growth strategy, building on our existing relationships in the UK, including six production companies, to give us even greater access to high-quality IP that enhances our existing catalogue. Our decision to make this deal happen was driven by the fantastic team we met at Riff Raff including Stephen Fuss, Ben Jackson and Katie Sinclair and of course Jude Law’s strong commitment. Our investment and distribution expertise will offer Riff Raff an important route to market and the ability to quickly take its projects from the page to the screen.”

Stephen Fuss, CEO, for Riff Raff Entertainment, says: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Newen and leveraging their international distribution expertise to expand our television slate. This partnership will help us further our goal of making Riff Raff Entertainment the ultimate home for high-end talent to build their TV projects. We’re thrilled to already be in business on three brilliant TV projects with Newen and are excited to tell even more undeniable stories with their involvement.”