BBC Studios has acquired a minority stake in British scripted drama start-up – Moonage Pictures.

Moonage Pictures was set up earlier this year by a trio of execs behind Peaky Blinders.

The founders are writer, producer and former Commissioning Editor for BBC Drama, Matthew Read, former co-MD of Tiger Aspect Productions, Will Gould, and Frith Tiplady, former co-MD of Tiger Aspect Drama.

Their credits include Ripper Street, The Good Karma Hospital and Fortitude. The trio are currently in production on Curfew (pictured), an eight-part series for Sky One written by Matthew Read and directed by Colm McCarthy.  

Will Gould of Moonage Pictures said: “We’re super excited to be announcing our partnership with BBC Studios. They have a really good understanding of how we want to work; we’re an independent company that values creativity above all else, working with the best of the best to make dramas with a global ambition. BBC Studios can help us do this and we look forward to the journey ahead with them.”
Helen Jackson, Managing Director, Content Partnerships at BBC Studios, commented: “Matthew, Will and Frith embody the brilliance of British drama and to partner a production company with their vision and passion for producing bold, colourful and engaging stories was irresistible. I am confident Moonage Pictures will become a vibrant creative powerhouse in the UK drama market and beyond.  This is exciting news for lovers of British drama across the world.”

Moonage Pictures was advised on packaging and documenting the deal by a team led by Michael Brader at Wiggin LLP.

Jon Creamer

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