The deal will see the commercial arm of the BBC provide investment, co-production expertise, access to their market research and development initiatives in addition to their global marketing reach in return for the first-look on new content. Set up in 2008 and currently led by Nick Marston and Dixie Linder, Cuba Pictures’ aim was to collaborate with Curtis Brown author, directors, screenwriters and actors in order to develop and produce film and television. Its first film, Boy A, which won 5 BAFTAs was written by Mark O’Rowe from the novel by Jonathan Trigell and starred Andrew Garfield. For its latest project, the company are working with BBC Worldwide through a co-production deal with US cable channel BBC America on the major seven part series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell based on Susanna Clarke’s novel. Adapted by Peter Harness and directed by Toby Haynes, it is due for transmission on BBC One and BBC America later this year*. Films from Cuba Pictures including Broken (with BBC Films) which won Best British Independent Film at the 2012 BIFA’s and the forthcoming London Road, co-produced with the National Theatre for BBC Films and the BFI.