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Endemol acquires international drama production company Artists Studio
MUMBAI: Television format creator, distributor Endemol has acquired international drama production company Artists Studio.
Artists Studio produces shows such as ‘The Fall’. Created and written by Alan Cubitt, this remains BBC Two’s most successful drama to date, averaging more than four million viewers per episode across its first season in 2013.
Previous Artists Studio credits include ‘Combat Hospital’ for ABC and ‘Thorne’ for Sky UK.
Endemol will globally distribute Artists Studio productions including the second season of ‘The Fall’, which has been commissioned for production in 2014 (6 x 1 hours for BBC Two); as well as numerous projects commissioned and in development for UK and US broadcasters.
Producer, Gub Neal co-founded Artists Studio in February 2009, alongside Justin Thomson-Glover and Patrick Irwin, all three of whom formerly ran drama producer Box TV.
Based in South Wales and with offices in London, Artists Studio also incorporates sister company Far Moor Media, which provides executive production services including pre-sales, deal structuring, rights management and casting, for an extensive portfolio of international drama producers. Far Moor’s most recent project is ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’ (BBC1, BBC America, Space), currently filming for delivery later this year.
Artists Studio becomes part of Endemol UK, which has drama credits including ‘Peaky Blinders’ (Tiger Aspect and Caryn Mandabach for BBC Two), ‘Ripper Street’ (Tiger Aspect for BBC One and Amazon Studios), ‘Black Mirror’ (Zeppotron for Channel 4), ‘Prisoners’ Wives’ (Tiger Aspect for BBC One) and ‘The Mill’ (DSP for Channel 4).
Endemol UK CEO Lucas Church said, “Artists Studio is led by outstanding talent and has a slate that includes one of the BBC’s biggest ever dramas and a world-class line up of new series for the international market. This acquisition underpins Endemol UK’s position as a company with some of the most successful drama in the business.”
Artists Studio creative director Gub Neal said, “Artists Studio’s international activity has grown rapidly over the last 12 months, creating huge opportunities, which is why it now makes total sense to join forces with a truly global player. Endemol have the status, scale and reach to help us grow the business outside the UK, but equally the creative hubris and sensitivity to allow us to continue our work with UK talent in the bespoke manner that defines our brand.”
Endemol’s scripted programming business has grown internationally by 75 per cent in the last five years and today represents a quarter of the company’s worldwide business.
Other Endemol drama productions around the world include ‘Hell on Wheels’, which is now in its fourth season on AMC in the USA; as well as forthcoming series such as ‘Gallipoli’ (Endemol Australia for Nine Network and TV3 New Zealand) and ‘Fortitude’ (Tiger Aspect/Fifty Fathoms for Sky Atlantic).