Thursday, April 22, 2021

Channel 4 Indie Growth Fund backs Leeds production company

Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund has backed Leeds-based production company, Duck Soup Films.

Duck Soup was founded by Bekki Wray-Rogers, Libby Durdy and Jessica Holyland with an ambition to make “fresh, authentic and entertaining TV dramas and feature films, championing the voices of underrepresented talent with unique and resonant stories to tell”.

The founders have more than 50 years’ combined experience in producing award-winning content across a range of genres including feature films, drama and factual entertainment. Moreover, they have worked on multi-BAFTA winning This Is England and the International EMMY award winning Utopia series.

The Indie Growth Fund invests in UK-based SMEs, taking minority stakes to help them to grow their business to the next stage.

“Duck Soup is at a really exciting moment in its development with a growing number of advanced projects on its slate and I’m thrilled the company is joining the Indie Growth Fund,” said Caroline Murphy, Head of Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund.

Ms Wray-Rogers added: “We are delighted that the Growth Fund is investing in us at this crucial stage.

“We’ve been busily building a strong slate of Drama Series and Films that we are excited to see fly over the next few years and are thrilled and honoured that we will embark on this next chapter with the invaluable support and mentorship of the Channel 4 Growth Fund.”

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