Three River Studios, the UK indie set up by former Impossible Pictures MD, Jonathan Drake, has paired with a South African prodco on a period drama about the anti-apartheid movement.
Soweto was created by Rebecca Fuller-Campbell, MD of Johannesburg-based Hive Content, alongside South African TV writer, Collin Oliphant (Charlie Jade).
Fuller-Campbell previously worked at Impossible, the UK prodco behind hit sci-fi series, Primeval where Drake served as MD for over six years, prior to moving to South Africa in 2010.
The pair has now reunited to develop the drama, which tells the story of two families, one black and one white, living in Soweto during the intense political conflict of 1976 and the 'Soweto Uprising.'
The father of the black family is a policeman forced to support an oppressive regime, while the mother is a maid caring for the children of the liberal, British white couple, who are lawyers fighting apartheid.
Three River was set up by Drake last year after he bought out Impossible's factual unit, later striking a first-look deal with Entertainment One on its factual slate.
Fuller-Campbell told C21 that Three River will now seek a UK broadcaster for the series, as it already has an as-yet-undisclosed South African broadcaster attached.
"Good scripts and stories help transcend borders and the Brits have been able to do that very well in the past. So working with them is fundamental when we're breaking into the international market," Fuller-Campbell added.
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