British film and TV set designer 4Wood bought by private equity firm amid South Wales production boom
British film and TV set designer 4Wood has been bought by London-based private equity firm Connection Capital in a deal worth $10.6m (£9m ). The company based in the Welsh capital of Cardiff was established in 2005 by husband and wife team Scott and Lynsey Fisher. Its customers have included the BBC, Netflix, Disney, Lucasfilm, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+ on shows such as Its dark materials, Brittany, Sex education and sherlock. Connection Capital said its acquisition of the company was based on its assessment that the production market in the company’s home region of South Wales is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Home expansion of studio facilities Wolf Studios, Dragon Studios, Swansea Bay Studios and Seren Studio – South Wales is one of the UK’s most important production hubs after London and the South East England.
ITV Commissions Psychological Thriller Platform 7 For the new streaming platform
ITV has ordered the psychological thriller series Platform 7 from Dancing Ledge Productions, the television and comedy-focused scripted company behind the shows like the answering machine and The Salisbury. The four-part thriller revolves around a woman who witnesses a cataclysmic event at a train station and finds her own fragmented memory stimulated to reveal a connection between her own life and the tragedy. Multi-award winning screenwriter Paula Milne (He, the husband of the politician, White Heat) adapted the drama from the world-famous bestselling novel of the same title by Louise Doughty. Platform 7 will air exclusively on ITV’s new streaming service, ITVX, ahead of the linear transmission on ITV’s main channel. ITV drama manager Polly Hill, who commissioned the drama, said it marked a fresh start for her department. “It’s bold, fresh and engaging and unlike anything we’ve ordered before, because ITVX gives us the ability to innovate with drama,” she said.