News Wiggin advises Wildstar Films on its sale to Fremantle

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We’re delighted to have advised UK factual production company Wildstar Films on its sale to Fremantle.

The Bristol-based company specialises in natural history projects including America the Beautiful, Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory and America’s National Parks for Disney+ and is led by co-founders Mark Linfield and Vanessa Berlowitz, whose previous credits include Planet Earth and Frozen Planet, which received global critical acclaim. Wildstar’s upcoming projects include two feature-length films for Disneynature and further premium wildlife series for Disney+ and National Geographic.

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 HeadicarStephanie Burns, Jemma Webster, Bethany Hill (corporate), Sue Crawford (tax), Joshua Kay, Gabrielle Tanner (digital entertainment), Seth RoeCharis Shakespeare and Ellie Sergeant (employment).

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 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 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.