The Fieldfisher team, comprising corporate, tax, share incentives, real estate and media specialists, was led by corporate partner Carlton Durrant and corporate associate Alice Taylor.
House Productions, launched in 2016 by former Head of Film 4 Tessa Ross and Working Title TV Head Juliette Howell, has fast built a reputation for innovative and exciting high-end drama, bringing the best of film and television together to create quality storytelling.
The company has enjoyed an exponential period of growth over the last 18 months, working with streamers and terrestrial broadcasters.
House Productions has an enviable slate including four TV shows in various stages of production for major broadcasters and two new dramas soon to be announced as well as several film projects soon to be fully financed and in production from 2022. Previous and forthcoming projects include:
Collaborating with award-winning playwright James Graham on EMMY nominated Brexit - The Uncivil War starring Benedict Cumberbatch and the forthcoming BBC One crime thriller, Sherwood;
Working with BAFTA award-winning director John Crowley on the much anticipated Bash Doran adaptation of the Kate Atkinson bestseller Life After Life;
Working with Sebastian Lelio on his forthcoming Netflix feature The Wonder, starring Florence Pugh; and
Working on Stephen Butchard’s The Good Mothers, a Star Original for Disney+, for which pre-production has started in Italy.
The acquisition of House Productions is another notable addition to BBC Studios’ expanding portfolio of UK production companies, which includes equity stakes in 12 independent production companies, including full ownership of Clerkenwell Films and Lookout Point and a majority stake in Sid Gentle Films and Baby Cow Productions.
BBC Studios is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group, supporting the licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.
Commenting on the acquisition, Fieldfisher corporate partner Carlton Durrant said:
"It was a pleasure to support Matt Garside, Managing Director of Content Partnerships, and the rest of the BBC Studios team on this exciting acquisition.
"The media M&A landscape is incredibly buoyant at present, reflecting the success of the British creative sector supported by the likes of BBC Studios in meeting global demand for compelling drama and film. Fieldfisher is delighted to be at the heart at many of the deals that are shaping the development of this sector.
"Congratulations to BBC Studios on successfully completing this acquisition."
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