News Wiggin advises Mettlemouse on its investment from BBC Studios

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We’re delighted to have advised new unscripted formats company, Mettlemouse Entertainment, on its investment from BBC Studios.

Founded by Sarah Tyekiff, Mettlemouse will focus on unscripted formats with BBC Studios gaining a first look on global distribution and format rights. Tyekiff was most recently head of unscripted at Lime Pictures. Her credits include “The Only Way Is Essex,” “Geordie Shore” and “Celebs Go Dating.” Prior to joining Lime, Tyekiff was an executive producer at ITV, including as lead exec on “Love Island,” helping to launch the first three seasons of the popular reality show.

Tyekiff is joined at Mettlemouse by former Youngest Media chief creative officer Shaun Parry, who becomes creative director. You can find out more about the deal here.

Michael Brader led the cross-departmental team that advised Mettlemouse, assisted by Benedict HeadicarStephanie BurnsMedwyn JonesSue Crawford, Charis Shakespeare and Sangeeta Jheinga.

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 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.