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Fremantlemedia to take 25% stake in scripted indie Duck Soup Films

MUMBAI: Television format creator and distributor FremantleMedia is investing in UK indie Duck Soup Films. The global production outfit will take a 25 per cent stake in the flourishing scripted TV and film business.

Duck Soup Films is a collaboration between producers Libby Durdy, Bekki Wray-Rogers and Jessica Holyland who, before setting up Duck Soup, were responsible for producing and line-producing some of the UK’s best TV dramas including ‘This Is England’ and ‘Utopia’.

Since it established in 2015, the Yorkshire-based indie has built a burgeoning slate of bold, authored scripted content for TV and film. Working with an eclectic and diverse mix of regional, national and international talent, its projects are set to simultaneously excite and challenge, taking global audiences on an entertainment journey exploring contemporary and resonant themes.

FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said, “Duck Soup is an exciting business with three incredibly talented founders at its helm. They have a refreshing determination to portray a broad range of perspectives through creative storytelling, and we’re looking forward to being part of their success.”

Durdy said, “We pride ourselves on being able to find and nurture incredible talent that shares our distinct vision and to support them in creating high-quality content.

Wray-Rogers said, “We are so happy to have found a likeminded partner in FremantleMedia who really understand and back our creative process.”

Holyland said, “This is a huge statement of confidence in a UK voice outside of London and we are thrilled to be embarking on this journey together.”

Based in Leeds, Duck Soup Films is a recipient of the BFI Vision Awards 3 for its film slate and since its inception has received investments from Creative England and Channel 4 – all of which have been vital for its development and growth.

FremantleMedia has made a number of investments in creative talent over the last 18 months and most recently in Gurinder Chadha’s Bend It TV. Its portfolio of investments spans scripted, entertainment and factual businesses around the world including Abot Hameiri, Naked Entertainment, Man Alive Entertainment, Full Fat TV, Corona Pictures, Dr Pluto, Dancing Ledge, Wild Blue Media, Eureka, No Pictures Please, Fontaram, Kwai, Wildside, 495 Productions and Miso.