BBC Studios has moved to full ownership of Killing Eve producer Sid Gentle Films, uncerscoring its ambition to grow its scripted stable.

Founded in 2013 by Sally Woodward Gentle, with Lee Morris and Henrietta Colvin, Sid Gentle Films has earned industry-wide recognition for its innovative, original and ambitious scripted series. BBC Studios has been a 51% investor in Sid Gentle Films since 2018.

Sid Gentle Films productions include The Durrells for ITV, SS-GB for BBC One, Ragdoll for UKTV and AMC, Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories for Sky Arts and four seasons of hit series Killing Eve.

Sid Gentle Films is currently in post-production with Rain Dogs, written by Cash Carraway and starring Daisy May Cooper, for the BBC and HBO, and Extraordinary, a comedy for Disney+, written by Emma Moran.

The move to full ownership speaks to BBC Studios’ ambition to grow its portfolio of the UK’s most creative scripted labels.

BBC Studios already wholly owns Lookout Point (Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley 3), Clerkenwell Films (Somewhere Boy, The End of the F***ing World), and House Productions (Sherwood, Brexit: An Uncivil War) and is the controlling shareholder in Baby Cow (Chivalry, The Witchfinder).

Earlier this month BBC Studios moved to 100% ownership of Firebird Pictures, in production with Wilderness for Amazon Studios and Wahala for BBC One.

Speaking in BBC Studios’ keynote session at Mipcom today, Tom Fussell, BBC Studios CEO, said: “I’m delighted to announce the full acquisition of Sid Gentle Films. Led by Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris, Sid Gentle is home to unmissable returning hits. Best known for Bafta, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Killing Eve, the future slate is just as exciting.”

Sally Woodward Gentle, ceo and Founder, Sid Gentle Films, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to continue our journey with BBC Studios. They have been the most supportive, collaborative and creative partner. It is an honour to work with the most wonderful team at Sid and to feel a shared ambition and outlook with BBC Studios.”

Pippa Considine

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