Leeds-based indie Duck Soup Films is to join Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund.

Duck Soup was founded by Bekki Wray-Rogers, Libby Durdy and Jessica Holyland with an ambition to make “fresh, authentic and entertaining TV Dramas and Feature Films, championing the voices of underrepresented talent with unique and resonant stories to tell.”

Between them Bekki, Libby and Jessica share more than 50 years’ experience in producing award-winning content across a range of genres including feature films, drama and factual entertainment.

Caroline Murphy, Head of Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund, said: “Duck Soup is at a really exciting moment in its development with a growing number of advanced projects on its slate and I’m thrilled the company is joining the Indie Growth Fund.”

Bekki Wray-Rogers, Co-Founder of Duck Soup said: “We are delighted that the Growth Fund is investing in us at this crucial stage. We’ve been busily building a strong slate of Drama Series and Films that we are excited to see fly over the next few years and are thrilled and honoured that we will embark on this next chapter with the invaluable support and mentorship of the Channel 4 Growth Fund”.

Prior to founding Duck Soup, Bekki, Libby and Jessica worked on some of the UK’s best television dramas including the multi-BAFTA winning This Is England and the International EMMY award winning Utopia series.

Talent associated with projects currently on Duck Soup’s slate include, Theresa Ikoko, Jessica Knappett, Jack Thorne, Marc Munden, Lisa Holdsworth, Grace Ofori-Attah, Daf James, Doc Brown, Sara Dunlop, Will Sharpe and Veronica Gleeson.

Since September 2020, Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund has invested in four other indies – Big Deal Films, Proper Content, Uplands Television and Yeti.

Jon Creamer