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We’re delighted to have advised leading UK based drama production company  The Forge on its sale to Banijay UK.

The scripted independent producer behind such dramas as Marriage, Help and Becoming Elizabeth is led by a senior creative team comprising of founder and Managing Director, George Faber, along with Mark Pybus, Beth Willis and George Ormond. The company has a well-established reputation for high quality, ambitious, award-winning TV drama and currently has several high-profile titles for linear and streaming platforms in production, including The Buccaneers for Apple TV+, Shardlake for Disney+, Generation Z for Channel 4 and a factual drama by Peter Kosminsky about the Grenfell disaster.

You can find out more about the deal here.

Michael Brader led the cross-departmental team that advised on the sale and was assisted by colleagues Benedict Headicar, Clem Barrett, Michael Maccabe, Sue Crawford, Georgina Jones, Sangeeta Jheinga, Isaac Qureshi, Neil Gillard, Alexander Cartwright, Patrick Rennie, Seth Roe, Charis Shakespeare, Darren Stevenson, Tom Mintern, Natalie Brunsdon, James Hope, Siobhan Lewis and Hamuzah Mawanda.

Wiggin’s corporate practice is widely recognised as the leading UK legal advisor in the independent TV M&A and investment market. Brader has advised on over 100 deals in the sector, most recently advising Esmerelda Productions on its investment by Banijay, Strong Watch Studios on its investment from Hat Trick Productions, Yes Yes Media on its investment from media group Sister, Wildstar on its sale to Fremantle, Lingo Pictures on its sale to ITV Studios, Element Pictures on its sale to Fremantle, Bad Wolf on its sale to Sony Pictures Television, House Productions on its sale to BBC Studios, Drama Republic on its sale to Mediawan, Red Planet on its sale to Asacha, Anton on its investment in SunnyMarch, Boffola Pictures on its investment from Lookout Point, Silverback Films on its sale to All3Media, Eleven Film and Whisper Films on their sales to Sony, Sister Pictures on its sale to Freelands, Naked Entertainment on its sale to Fremantle, True to Nature on its sale to Sky, The Lighthouse Film & Television and Longboat Pictures on their investments by Sky Studios, 110% Content on its investment by Freelands, South Shore Productions on its investment by ITV and Raindog Film & Television and Maven Pictures on their investments by Calculus.

Brader has previously advised on the sales of a wide range of production companies including Wildstar Films, Left BankMammothBig TalkNeal StreetLoveSid GentleTwo BrothersThe GardenEleventh HourRawBlast!True NorthWindfallOptomenCPLTwo Four and Firecracker and on investments in companies such as Moonage, Lightbox, Stolen Picture, Firebird, Ray and Monumental.