News Wiggin advises Strong Watch Studios on its investment from Hat Trick Productions

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We’re delighted to have advised new digital-first broadcast company, Strong Watch Studios, on its investment from UK producer and distributor Hat Trick Productions.

The start-up, which has been set up by former LADbible executives Thom Gulseven and Ben Powell-Jones, aims to bridge the gap between TV broadcasting and digital publishing with the creation of a network of unscripted channels across various digital platforms, in addition to working with partners looking to add a digital broadcast offering to their own brands. Gulseven and Powell-Jones will bring their experience from launching LADstudios in 2021, which introduced online formats including Snack Wars, Agree to Disagree and The Gap.

Strong Watch Studios, which will be based in London, plans to launch a slate of original programming in the coming months. You can find out more about the deal here.

Michael Brader led the cross-departmental team that advised Strong Watch Studios, assisted by Benedict Headicar, Clemency Barrett, Ellie Sergeant and Tom Mintern.

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 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 Left Bank, Mammoth, Big Talk, Neal Street, Love, Sid Gentle, Two Brothers, The Garden, Eleventh Hour, Raw, Blast!, True North, Windfall, Optomen, CPL, Two Four and Firecracker and on investments in companies such as Moonage, Lightbox, Stolen Picture, Firebird, Ray and Monumental.