“Sherlock” and “Doctor Strange” star Benedict Cumberbatch has sold a minority stake in his Sunmarch production company to Sebastian Raybaud-founded production and financing house Anton.
The production company Cumberbatch, Sunnymarch, The Courier, founded with his friend and producer Adam Auckland in 201 Friend, is behind the features of Cumberbatch and Rachel Brosnahan and “The Mauritanian”, where Cumberbatch starred Jodie Foster and Shailin.
The company’s latest film is Amazon’s “The Electrical Life of Lewis Wayne”, starring Claire Foy, Taika Weitti, Sophia de Martino, Olivia Coleman, Andrea Riseboro and Toby Jones, as well as Cumberbatch at the recent Toronto Film Festival.
Supporting Anton, whose films include “Greenland” and “The Nighthouse,” Sunmark’s goal is to grow and expand, as well as partner with London-based financiers and producers for high-level features that will finance Anton’s co-production and sales. (The company is named after Russian playwright Anton Chekhov.)
The deal with Sunnymarch is the latest in a series of investments for Anton, one of the UK’s top production companies, which already has development deals with Westend Films, Clarkenwell Films and Warp Films.
In addition to the features, Anton has a highly-applied drama fund with the BBC, which has resulted in “The Pursuit of Love” starring Lynn James and Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” starring Lynn-Manuel Miranda.
Anton CEO Rayboud discussed the Sunmarch deal with Katie Geraghati, head of business affairs. Next to Sunnymarch, Cumberbatch, Auckland and film chief Leah Clark discussed.
“We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Anton as we look forward to this next phase of Santimark’s growth,” Auckland said. “Together we plan to bring the audience ambitious, cinematic and original work from an eclectic range of filmmakers.”
Rayboud said, “Sunnymarch’s extraordinary creative instincts and ability to identify first-class elements are central to its successful track-record.