Geo-political thriller series OIL in production

21 June 2018. Global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) and London-based independent producer Nevision have signed an agreement to co-develop and produce the brand new global drama series OIL.

Created and written by Alan Whiting (Wire in the Blood, Heartbeat, Kingdom) Matthew Faulk and Mark Skeet (Vanity Fair, Sahara, Amazing Grace, Hannibal, Young Sherlock), the eight-hour series is a geo-political thriller set in the Middle East.

The creators of the show will also Executive Produce along with Lionsgate’s Creative Director UK TV Steve November and Head of Development Sarah Conroy alongside Nevision’s Neil Zeiger and Sharon Bloom.

Filmed in the Gulf, Beirut, London and New York, OIL is an epic drama set in the Persian Gulf in the early 1970s. A glamorous, seductive and hedonistic world of ex-pats. A powerful, displaced people in a foreign land they all but own and who consider the black gold under the desert is theirs to take. But what they don’t know is that they are sitting on a powder keg and it’s about to blow.

Steve November said: “We are excited to be joining Nevision to tell this gripping and seductive story about the men and women who shaped the world as we know it now. Matthew, Mark, Alan, Neil & Sharon are a formidable creative team with all the vision and experience to bring this spectacular world to life.”

Neil Zeiger, Executive Producer at Nevision, added: “Lionsgate is the perfect partner for Nevision to develop and produce this series. Alan, Mark and Matthew have such a strong vision and we share Steve’s and Sarah’s enthusiasm for it. We very much look forward to working with them to bring the world of OIL to the screen.” 

For further information, please contact DDA Blueprint (for Nevision):

Janet Balmforth Tel: + 44 (0) 7748 185 656 or email

For further information, please contact Lorna Mann (for Lionsgate)

Notes to editors:

About Nevision

Nevision is a creative hub, rooted in the production and financing of quality television and theatrical content for the global market. Launched in 2013, Nevision is an independent production company that originates, produces and facilitates content creation; curating and nurturing a project from inception to exploitation. Nevision exclusively represents an investment group and is able to access deficit funding as required.

The company has a broad slate of series currently in production including: animated series Floogals season 2 for Universal Kids in US and an English-language version for Channel 5’s Milkshake! in the UK; scripted series Keeping Faith with Vox Pictures for S4C and BBC Wales and Alex with SF Studios in Sweden for Viaplay. Nevison’s first feature documentary Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards is now available on Netflix globally following its theatrical release last year. 

Nevision’s board includes some of the UK’s most experienced and creative business executives including James Cabourne, Neil Zeiger and Nigel Pickard with a string of globally renowned production credits to their names.  

About Lionsgate

The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world.  In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies.  Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.