Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has agreed a deal to take a majority stake in production company Eleven – maker of the hit Netflix show Sex Education.
The company was founded in 2006 by Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson, and has also delivered series including Glue on E4 and The Enfield Haunting on Sky.
Future projects secured by Eleven include Netflix political thriller White Stork, from writer Christopher Dunlop and starring Tom Hiddleston, and Red Rose, from Michael and Paul Clarkson, for the BBC; a young-adult horror series about a group of teenagers who encounter a supernatural presence on social media.
Wayne Garvie, president of international production at SPT, said: “For some time, we have watched on as Jamie and Joel built one of the most exciting drama companies in the UK. Their ability to spot and develop new writing and acting talent and their eye for a unique and compelling idea make them an irresistible pairing. In the midst of the Covid crisis, this acquisition also demonstrates Sony’s underlying faith in the future success of British production and desire to keep on entertaining the world.”
Eleven’s Campbell and Wilson added in a joint statement: “We are deeply proud of the world-class slate of scripted shows we have in development, and no one in the world is better positioned than Sony to help us convert it.”