Patrick Walters, the executive producer of Netflix youth drama Heartstopper, has set up a drama label through the show’s producer See-Saw Films.
Fanboy’s first project is Sky Atlantic’s adaptation of young adult novel Sweetpea, which represents Walters’ ambition to produce stories that “celebrate unique, underdog perspectives”.
Walters has worked for Slow Horses producer See-Saw for a decade, where he also exec produced Apple series The Essex Serpent.
“I’ve been lucky enough to develop a variety of stories to screen as limited or returning television series,” he said. “The constant between these projects has always been the passion, creativity and mutual obsession of their creative teams.
“I’m so excited to continue making shows with this kind of conviction and heart, matched with the best creative talent out there, and to do so as part of the See-Saw family. The darkly delicious Sweetpea is the perfect project to kick off the fanboy journey.”
In a statement, See-Saw joint managing directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman hailed Walters’ “passion for unearthing and supporting some of the most vibrant voices in our industry today”.
Fanboy sits alongside See-Saw’s established joint venture I Am That, set up by Top of the Lake and Lion director Garth Davis and The End (Lion), and writer/showrunner Samantha Strauss’ label Picking Scabs.
See-Saw has also invested in former Heyday TV president Tom Winchester’s TV company, Pure Fiction alongside talent agency Hamilton Hodell.