London – FremantleMedia International (FMI) confirmed today that it has signed a major development and distribution deal with SLAM, the scripted indie run by Stephen Mangan (Houdini & Doyle, Episodes) and Louise Delamere (No Angels, The Chatterley Affair). Under the terms of the deal, FremantleMedia will work with SLAM to develop its slate and provide support service infrastructure in exchange for a first-look option on any commissions. FMI will also provide a platform for SLAM content to reach international audiences through its extensive global sales network.

Although only formed in 2015, SLAM is already establishing itself as a sought-after producer of world-class drama and comedy. Its first commission was Joe Penhall’s screen adaptation of Birthday, directed by Roger Michell and produced by SLAM-founder Delamere, which broadcast to great success on Sky Arts in June last year and recently won the FIPA d’Or for Best Drama. Last Summer, SLAM also wrapped production on Away, a feature film by first-time writer Roger Hadfield, which starred Timothy Spall and Juno Temple and was directed by David Blair.