10 May 2016


London, 10th May 2016 – Global entertainment company Content Media Corporation (Content) has signed an exclusive first look agreement with award-winning producers Deadpan Pictures, it announced today. The deal will see Content granted first look distribution rights to represent six of Deadpan Pictures’ original productions for television on the international stage. In addition, Content will distribute Deadpan’s new 6 x 30’ drama Can’t Cope Won’t Cope.

Dublin-based independent Deadpan Pictures, producers of International Emmy winning and BAFTA nominated Moone Boy, and Monte Carlo and IFTA nominated Trivia (distributed by Content Television), is led by producer and managing director Paul Donovan, producer and company director Ailish McElmeel and non-executive Advisory Board member Shane Murphy. Content will work together with the Deadpan Pictures’ team to develop and distribute six original scripted comedy drama projects for the international market, with a number of series already in development. Projects will be distributed by Content Television and Digital.

Commissioned by RTE 2 with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and currently in production, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope follows two girls, Aisling and Danielle, as they navigate Dublin and the perilous waters of adulthood. Fuelled by vodka and bolstered by a sense of entitlement these girls run, as unfit as they are, away from the reality that awaits them. Starring Seana Kerslake (Dollhouse), Nika McGuigan (Traders), Amy Huberman (Threesome), Norma Sheahan (Moone Boy) and Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe), Can’t Cope Won’t Cope is written by Stefanie Preissner (Solpadeine is my Boyfriend), produced by Ailish McElmeel (Burning Wishes) and directed by Cathy Brady (Glue).

Paul Donovan, Managing Director at Deadpan Pictures, commented “This deal is an exciting first for an Irish company and a big endorsement of both the creative talent and the slate of projects Deadpan Pictures is developing. We are really looking forward to working with such a reputable company as Content in order to deliver character driven stories told with humour and an Irish twist to an international audience.”

Greg Phillips, President at Content Television, added, “We’re very pleased to announce this important new partnership with the team at Deadpan Pictures. Paul and Ailish have built a fantastic reputation for delivering internationally appealing dramas, picking up accolades across the world. We’re confident that this slate of fresh and distinctive primetime projects will resonate very well across multiple territories and platforms, and look forward to showcasing these to our global clients.”

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About Content Media Corporation
Content Media Corporation is a global entertainment media company based in London with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, which owns and distributes a significant library of film, television and digital assets. Content Film, the film sales division, holds the rights to over 275 feature film titles and helps producers secure financing, marketing and distribution. The division also acquires top-tier documentaries. Content Television is the television sales division, which holds the library rights to 5,200 hours of TV programming incorporating major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. Content Digital licenses over 300 hours of bespoke digital properties, in addition to the existing library, to digital media platforms worldwide, including on-demand, broadband and mobile.