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BAME-led Scottish indie Create Anything is to develop projects with Workerbee and The Comedy Unit after signing a two-year deal with Banijay UK.

Led by director Stewart Kyasimire, who helmed Tern TV’s Bafta-nominated BBC Scotland doc Black and Scottish, Create Anything is dedicated to spotlighting black Scottish talent.

Its output includes shortform BBC drama The Wedding and a behind-the-scenes companion to Amazon Prime’s upcoming Neil Gaiman adaptation Anansi Boys.

Kyasimire recently collaborated with Workerbee as series director on boxing documentary series Four Kings, also for Prime.

Workerbee chief executive Rick Murray described Kyasimire as “a creative visionary”.

Create Anything will work with fellow Glasgow label The Comedy Unit and Manchester’s Workerbee on both scripted and unscripted developments.

The deal is the latest in a string of talent partnerships signed by Banijay UK and funded through its £50 Growth Fund investment fund.

Workerbee also has agreements with documentary-maker Kevin Macdonald and comedian Jack Whitehall and is backing former head of development Ben Smith’s Welsh indie Ty’r Ddraig.

Banijay UK also has a deal with chef Big Zuu and with indies led by Lenny Henry (Esmerelda), MOBO-winning artist Akala (Immovable Studios) and actor James Norton (Rabbit Track Pictures).


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