Sony Pictures Television boosts portfolio with majority stake in Eleventh Hour Films

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has announced that it has increased its investment in Eleventh Hour Films (EHF) to acquire a majority stake in the company. This move follows SPT’s initial investment in 2018 and positions EHF as the fourth UK-based scripted drama company under SPT International Production, alongside Left Bank Pictures, Bad Wolf, and Eleven.

The acquisition marks a significant milestone for EHF, a boutique production house known for its recent string of successful commissions and recommissions. This strategic investment is set to propel the company into its next phase of growth, strengthening its collaboration with SPT and enhancing its reputation for delivering high-end television content with global appeal, according to the company.

Wayne Garvie, President of International Production at Sony Pictures Television, expressed enthusiasm about the acquisition: “Over the past decade, Jill, Eve, and Paula have built a remarkable company and it has been a great joy for everyone at Sony to have been part of their adventure. From ‘Alex Rider’ to ‘Nine Bodies in a Mexican Morgue’, they have consistently delivered top-quality, commercially successful television. We are thrilled to welcome them as a key part of our leading drama labels and look forward to their continued success.”

Established in 2010, EHF has produced acclaimed dramas such as ‘Magpie Murders’ and the upcoming ‘Moonflower Murders’, starring Lesley Manville for PBS Masterpiece and the BBC, and ‘Rebus’ for the BBC. Their adaptations of Anthony Horowitz’s novels, including the ‘Alex Rider’ series airing in over 100 territories, highlight their international reach and creative prowess.

Jill Green, founder of EHF, will transition from CEO to Chairperson, providing strategic support and continuing to executive produce select projects. Eve Gutierrez and Paula Cuddy, both promoted to Co-CEOs, will lead EHF into its next phase of expansion. Eve has overseen productions like the ‘Alex Rider’ series, while Paula has spearheaded content development and partnerships with top-tier writers.

Reflecting on the transition, Jill Green remarked, “Eve, Paula, and I have formed a strong team, and with the full support of Sony Pictures Television and a robust senior team structure, I am confident in EHF’s bright future.”

Eve Gutierrez and Paula Cuddy, new Co-CEOs of Eleventh Hour Films, added, “Together with Jill, we have developed and produced a range of shows we are incredibly proud of. As Co-CEOs, we are excited to lead the company into its next chapter, staying true to Jill’s vision of bringing compelling stories to screens worldwide, on time and within budget.”

 

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