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Following what the two companies say has been a successful distribution relationship, the commercial arm of the BBC, BBC Worldwide, has taken a 51% stake in British scripted drama and feature film company Sid Gentle Films.

killing eve 1Feb2018The production house was founded by now chief executive Sally Woodward Gentle in 2013, along with Lee Morris and Henrietta Colvin, with a focus to develop and produce innovative, original and ambitious television drama and feature films.

The team have to date produced titles such as The Durrells for ITV and Masterpiece, SS-GB for the BBC, Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories for Sky and the soon to be released Killing Eve for BBC America. It has also established relationships with a wealth of acclaimed writers including Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Simon Nye, William Boyd, Jesse Armstrong and Amelia Bullmore.

"We couldn't be more delighted to be joining forces with BBC Worldwide," Woodward remarked. "Their respect for our independence coupled with their extraordinary industry links and sales ability is really exciting. Sid has built a reputation working with extraordinary talent and developing projects we believe in and it is very exciting to further our ambitions to create and deliver impactful drama. We have enjoyed working with BBC Worldwide in the past so can't wait for this new phase in Sid's life".

The deal includes an option for a phased increase in ownership by BBC Worldwide in the coming years. Added BBC Worldwide managing director of content, Helen Jackson: "We have enjoyed working with Sally and her team immensely over the past three years and this is a great opportunity to build on our partnership. Sid Gentle has already delivered several much-loved dramas and we are super excited by what we have seen so far of their latest - Killing Eve. They represent perfectly the creative vibrancy that is British drama right now."