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Sony acquires Left Bank Pictures

Sony Pictures Television has completed its takeover of Wallander and Strike Back producer Left Bank Pictures.

The Hollywood studio has acquired a majority stake in the British production company run by Andy Harries and Marigo Kehoe. It will distribute future Left Bank television series and will also have a first look distribution option of the firm’s feature films.

BBC Worldwide, which acquired a 25% stake in the company in 2007, will continue to distribute its back catalogue, but has reduced its stake in the company.

The deal is one of the most significant purchases since Andrea Wong became president of international production at the studio last year.

“In the UK right now we have really strong unscripted companies in Silver River, Gogglebox and Victory, we have great strength in factual entertainment, light entertainment and gameshows. Left Bank is an opportunity to bring a really strong scripted company into the group and round out our portfolio,” said Wong.

As well as Wallander and Strike Back, Left Bank produces series including Sky’s Mad Dogs and ITV’s DCI Banks as well as feature films including The Damned United and All In Good Time.