Wilson Worldwide Productions Signs Killing Eve Writer Isis Davis For Upcoming J T Ellington Series
- Indie production company WWP announces signing Killing Eve writer Isis Davis
- WWP has optioned a series of four J T Ellington novels written by the best-selling author MP Wright
- The four books explore attitudes towards race, racism, and the experiences of the Windrush generation during the 1960s and 70s through the cases of a Bajan private detective
London-based indie production company, Wilson Worldwide, which optioned to produce four novels from the J T Ellington series written by the best-selling author MP Wright in the summer, has announced a big name signing to their forthcoming production.
WWP Managing Director Josh Wilson announced today that he has agreed terms with Killing Eve writer Isis Davis. Isis’s screen drama, Draw, won the Best Script Award at the British Urban Film Festival and was developed for TV with ASP Productions. Isis is also a sought-after actor, with a key role in The Secret Garden alongside Julie Walters and Colin Firth.
The J T Ellington series is set in and around the St Pauls district of Bristol in the 1960s and 70s, and explores attitudes towards race, racism and the experiences of those men and women coming to the UK from the West Indies at the time as well as being noir crime stories.
The series will feature a predominantly black cast, giving huge opportunities to UK BAME talent both in front and behind the camera.
“Signing names with the gravitas and experience of Isis Davis is a major coup for WWP and the Heartman series. Isis will add immeasurable quality to the production and will undoubtedly take it to the next level. With her on board, demonstrates that we are keen to add the best diverse talent, both behind and in front of the camera to the production. I am beyond excited!” stated an enthusiastic Wilson.
Davis added: “From about five pages into reading the first novel I was instantly hooked! The characters are rich, complicated and beautifully imperfect. The world is dark, gritty and intriguing and the themes are just as relevant today as when the story is set. I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this production. I feel both excited and honoured to adapt MP Wright’s remarkable novels for our screens.”
Wilson, a former journalist and Forbes 30 under 30 alumnus, has been a champion and vocal supporter for adding more diversity to the UK’s television landscape ever since launching Wilson Worldwide in 2013. WWP has since produced TV and branded entertainment content with a portfolio including Sky Sports documentary series Mission Mudder and Chasing the Dream as well as BBC documentary Saving Our Beautiful Bali. The company is also currently adapting Jeffrey Archer’s False Impression into a drama series. Their next series to hit the screens will be Taste of Italy, due to air on Channel 4 in 2021.
In 2019 the company won the Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year at the Growing Business Awards.
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