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We’re delighted to have advised Sir Lenny Henry on the set-up of production company Esmerelda, with backing from Banijay.

Esmerelda will focus on drama and comedy, with a commitment to collaborating with underrepresented writers, actors, and crew members.

Henry is joined by Jon Sen, who was most recently an executive producer and development executive at BBC Studios. You can find out more about the deal here.

Michael Brader led the cross-departmental team that advised Esmerelda, assisted by Benedict Headicar, Stephanie Burns, Neil Gillard, Tom Mintern & Sue Crawford.

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 Strong Watch Studios Hat Trick Productions, Yes Yes Media on its investment from Sister,  Wildstar Films on its sale to FremantleLingo Pictures on its sale to ITV StudiosElement 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 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.