Seven invests in UK production co. Slim

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Seven West Media has announced an investment in UK-based scripted specialists, Slim Film + Television.

Slim, the company behind BBC drama Legacy and comedy series The Art of Foley, was founded by producer Simon Crawford Collins (Spooks, Ashes to Ashes, Hustle).

Slim is currently developing projects for UK and international networks such as AMC.

Simon Crawford Collins, said: “Slim is embarking on an exciting new phase in its growth and, after considering a number of offers, we believe that Seven are the perfect creative partners to support us in our future ambitions. They are not only an exceptionally inspirational group, market leaders in their territory and have massive global aspirations; they also have boundless energy and a great sense of fun. Together we will be looking to further expand internationally and pursue a number of high-end international co-production opportunities that are already in development as well as fully exploit our incredibly exciting slate of programming to produce innovative and highly successful programming for global audiences.”

Tim Worner, CEO of Seven West Media, said: “Seven is committed to growing its international production footprint and we want to do that with the very best people. Simon’s track record speaks for itself, and audiences in Australia, and in fact all over the world, have loved the shows he has already been involved with. He is now attracting some brilliant writers to Slim, and together we believe we will create more outstanding work to take to audiences everywhere.

“Seven is the leading content production company in Australia with some of the most successful brands and franchises. We are recognised as the leader in Australian produced television programming. Our success is built on our ability to create and own compelling content, and to deliver that content to the biggest audiences across our media platforms. We are delighted to be working with Simon and his talented team at Slim. Simon’s credentials speak for themselves and we are looking to create great drama and comedy series with Slim.”

Seven also has 7 Wonder and 7 Beyond production arms.

As part of Seven’s investment deal, BBC Worldwide, which held a 25% stake in Slim, is exiting the company.

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