April 28, 2013
Niche media law firm, Wiggin, has advised independent production company, The Garden Productions, on its acquisition by ITV Studios. The Garden Productions is a leading producer of factual television programmes and documentaries including 24 Hours in A&E, The Audience and Seven Dwarves for Channel 4, as well as Inside Claridge’s, Keeping Britain Alive and The Midwives for the BBC.
The Wiggin team was led by Michael Brader, partner and co-head of Wiggin’s corporate group, assisted by Benedict Headicar. Michael runs a market leading practice in independent television mergers and acquisitions.
Nick Curwin and Magnus Temple, joint CEOs of The Garden Productions, commented: “Wiggin advised us superbly. Michael and his team were brilliant at all the important legal nuances that inevitably come up in a transaction of this type, but also excellent at judging what did and did not matter. They were supremely intelligent, pragmatic, hard-working and constantly a pleasure to deal with. They were patient when they needed to be, insistent when required, and often went many extra miles for our benefit. We couldn’t recommend them too highly.”
Michael’s other recent work in the independent TV space includes advising: Left Bank Pictures on its sale to Sony Pictures; Firecracker Films on its sale to Tinopolis; Endemol on its acquisition of Tiger Aspect, Darlow Smithson and Tigress from IMG; Betty TV on its sale to Discovery; Optomen Television on its sale to All3Media; Remedy Productions on its sale to Argonon; Shine on its acquisition of Kudos Film & Television; Base Productions on its sale to Tinopolis; CPL Productions on its sale to Red Arrow; September Films on its sale to DCD Media; and Transparent TV on its sale to Argonon.