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Rebecca Henderson Series ‘Driven’ Boarded by Mise En Scene

London and New York-based film sales agency The Mise En Scene Company (MSC) has diversified, securing world rights to scripted series “Driven.”

The show stars Rebecca Henderson, known for her roles in “Star Wars: The Acolyte” (Disney) and “Russian Doll” (Netflix), and Liza Colón-Zayas from “The Bear” (FX).

Produced by O Positive Films in New York and created by David Shane, represented by 3 Arts Entertainment, “Driven” centers on Theodora “Teddy” Fischer (Henderson), an Uber driver and struggling post-post-modern novelist. Teddy’s life hits rock bottom after getting fired from an animated children’s show for a controversial episode and dealing with her wife’s departure. When she contemplates suicide, a ride request from Yari Alvarez, an overly confident, deaf Puerto Rican yodeler, changes her path. The encounter leads them to Yari’s parents’ McMansion, where they face rejection from Yari’s no-nonsense mother, Reina (Colón-Zayas), and an awkward confrontation with her conflict-avoidant father, Hernan (Gary Perez).

O Positive have completed a pilot episode, and, together with MSC, will be bringing the show to potential production partners, TV networks and streamers in the U.S. and U.K.

Shane, who began his career with “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has directed high-profile commercials featuring Robert De Niro, Timothée Chalamet, Patrick Stewart and Will Ferrell. Shane has garnered numerous accolades, including six Cannes Lions and an Emmy.

The deal was brokered by MSC’s Paul Yates and Rory MacDonald, who are handling global sales, and Shane for O Positive.

Yates said: “We’re really excited to be branching out to the scripted arena, this is new territory for us as our primary focus to date has been feature films. We love the show, it’s a hilarious, sophisticated, irreverent dramedy with sharp social commentary and refreshingly bold representation. Our hope is to find production partners and distributors to come on board and help us complete the series. Happily, the show isn’t burdened with the outlandish price tag of similar high-end scripted shows, and we see a healthy appetite in both the industry and audiences for productions like this. David is a joy to work with and we’re excited to continue our collaboration to make the show the best it can be.”

Shane added: “This is an exciting move for our company to transition into the scripted space. We’re looking forward to bringing this show to the world and we are thrilled to be working with the team at MSC who’s expertise and passion match our ambitions for the show.”

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