BBC Studios takes full control of in-house productions – The Hollywood Reporter
BBC Studios has taken full control of UK television company House Productions, acquiring the last 25% stake in the company, which is run by Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell.
House Productions is behind the limited series Brexit: The War Doesn’t Threaten and the upcoming BBC mini series Sherwood.
The deal, which BBC Studios announced on Tuesday, follows similar takeovers by the BBC’s commercial arm of Clerkenwell Films, producer of End Of The F***ing World and of Mr. Jack Manufacturer Lookout Point. BBC Studios also holds a majority stake in Steve Coogan’s Shingles Cow.
Other shows on House Productions’ upcoming block media include Netflix Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and Stephen Butchard’s Good mothers, co-production with Italian company Wildside, produced for Disney+’s Star. In terms of movies, House is co-producing Netflix movies Marvel from Oscar winner Sebastian Lelio (A wonderful woman), starring Florence Pugh alongside Element Pictures of Ireland.
BBC Studios creative director Mark Linsey, who oversaw the partnership with the producer, said Ross and Howell’s company “embodies bold, British creativity”.
Prior to founding the independent company in 2016, Ross and Howell were the heads of Film4 and Working Title TV, respectively.
Ross and Howell said in a statement.
The deal was negotiated by Laura Franses on behalf of House Productions (advised by Tom Manwaring of Helion Partners) and Matt Garside, BBC Studios Content Partners CEO.
British television trade magazine Broadcast was the first to report news of the planned deal in November.