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In a further part of its strategy to grow a broad, international content business spanning broadcasting, production and distribution, BSkyB has taken a 70% stake in UK Indie Love Productions.

Founded in October 2004 by Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie, Love Productions specialises in multi-genre content in both the UK and international markets and boasts production bases in London, Bristol, New York and Los Angeles. Its leading formats include Great British Bake-off and Great British Sewing Bee and documentaries such as Baby Borrowers, Famous Rich and Homeless, Benefits Street, Make Bradford British and My Last Summer.

Commenting on the deal, McKerrow and Beattie said: "We are extremely excited by the prospect of a partnership with Sky. We feel it's the perfect time to be working with a group who can help us realise our creative and commercial potential and fulfil all of our international ambitions for the Love brand. Love has always sought to be a pioneering company, launching new ideas and breaking new ground. Sky feels like a company of the future, full of dynamic and extremely creative leaders who will back our independent spirit and are keen to support all our future ambitions."

"This is a significant step for our growing international content business. Love is one of the UK's most innovative and creative independent producers with a track record of success across a range of genres, both in the UK and globally," added Sophie Turner Laing, Sky's managing director, content. "Led by Richard and Anna, Love has a hugely talented team with exciting plans for the future. We are really looking forward to supporting them as they build on their relationships with different broadcasters throughout the industry and helping them to grow the business".

Sky has assured that under its new ownership structure Love Productions will continue to operate as a distinct company and carry on producing programmes for all the major UK broadcasters, as well as creating new programmes and formats for sale around the world. McKerrow and Beattie will continue to run the company with the current senior management team. Sky's international distribution business, Sky Vision, will become Love Productions' distribution partner, representing all new finished programmes and formats and leveraging its relationships with leading networks and producers across the world. Love Productions' current agreements with other broadcasters and distributors will remain unchanged.