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NBCU Intl. Television Production takes stake in Lark

NBCUniversal International Television Production has acquired a minority equity stake in Lark Productions, the Canadian prodco behind Shaw Media's Real Housewives of Vancouver.
January 17, 2014

NBCUniversal International Television Production has acquired a minority equity stake in Lark Productions, the Canadian prodco behind Shaw Media’s Real Housewives of Vancouver and scripted series such as ABC’s Motive.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the investment builds on NBCUniversal inking a development deal with Louise Clark, former development head at Canadian broadcaster CTV, when she launched the indie producer in 2010.

NBCU also handled international distribution for several Lark productions, including Motive, a Canadian cop drama developed for CTV and created by Dexter showrunner Daniel Cerone.

Clark left top-rated CTV in 2008 with TV credits like the CBS/CTV cop drama Flashpoint, CTV/NBC’s The Listener and CTV/ABC’s Defying Gravity, and launched Lark with backing from NBCU International TV production president Michael Edelstein.

Edelstein, who unveiled the Lark Productions investment Friday, has brokered a new first look and distribution agreement with Clark, who will continue to run the indie producer.

The NBCU investment in the Canadian prodco follows other international tie-ups, including with Carnival Films, Monkey Kingdom, Lucky Giant and Chocolate Media in the UK, Matchbox Pictures in Australia, and a joint venture with Working Title Television.

“I look forward to working with Lark in the years to come, and giving their shows the global reach they deserve,” Edelstein said in a statement.

Lark Productions is also looking for a COO, and has just appointed former CTV exec Ed Robinson as an independent director to sit on its board.

(From Playback Daily)

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