DLT teams up with consultancy agency to devise UK television formats

DLT, the production and distribution company, have entered into an agreement with consultancy agency Grand Scheme Media to develop new entertainment TV formats in the UK.

Alan Davies As Yet Untitled is one UKTV series which has had the magic touch from Grand Scheme Media.

“We’re delighted to partner with Graham and Mark to develop new projects. So much of what we do is about working with the right people at the right time, and we believe we have found a great synergy with Graham and Mark. They are a brilliant source of new ideas and will perfectly supplement our already fantastic existing development team. We are very excited to get started.” – Donald Taffner Jr., President of DLT Entertainment

Grand Scheme Media, founded by industry veterans Graham Smith and Mark Robson, provides consultation for the television industry, and devises formats, prepares pitches and packages ideas for production. Recent successes that Grand Scheme were involved in include Mr Sloane for Sky Atlantic, I Love Sitcom on BBC One and Alan Davies – As Yet Untitled for UKTV channel Dave.

Under the terms of the new deal, the two businesses will be able to call on their extensive experience to foster new creative developments to jointly pitch to broadcasters. While developments will primarily focus on non-scripted formats, other programme genres will also be explored. DLT will have exclusive rights to the formats under development during this period, and all resulting commissions will be produced and distributed by DLT.

Grand Scheme Media founders, Graham Smith, a former Executive Producer for the BBC and a Commissioning Executive for Channel 4 and Channel 5, and Mark Robson, a former Executive Producer and development executive for ITV, Endemol, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery and Disney, will work closely with DLT President Donald Taffner Jr and the team at DLT’s London offices on developing new projects.

With headquarters in London and New York, DLT Entertainment is engaged in every aspect of television distribution and production around the world, as well as stage production in the states and in the UK where it owns London’s Shaftesbury Theatre.

Founded in 1963 as a distribution company by Don Taffner Senior, the company added television production to its portfolio in 1977. It has enjoyed terrific success in its fifty-five-year history with legendary hits on both sides of the Atlantic including the multiple award-winning and BBC Trust praised sitcom My Family, As Time Goes By, Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort and Meet My Folks.

In addition, DLT has built a reputation as a leading distribution company with classics such as The Benny Hill Show, The World at War, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood, The Russ Abbot Show, and Michel LeGrand and Friends. The third series of DLT’s non-scripted production – Go 8 Bit – an entertainment gameshow fronted by international comedian Dara O’Briain recently aired on UK broadcaster Dave.

In 2018 DLT expanded its own production activities in the United Kingdom through the acquisition of Vera Productions whose past programmes include Getting On, Million Pound Jewellers, Bremner, Bird, and Fortune, and numerous Dispatches such as President Trump’s Dirty Secrets and Politicians for Hire: Cashing in on Brexit.

“We are absolutely delighted to be working with DLT Entertainment to develop new ideas for the screen. What particularly impressed us is knowing DLT are already working with some amazing talents, all of whom are dedicated to creating quality television. It’s a pleasure to be part of the DLT team!” – Mark Robson

My Family was a long-running success for DLT and BBC One.
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