British film and television entertainment company Bob & Co. has reorganized and rebranded its operations under the new moniker The Anthology Group.
Announced at the Edinburgh Television Festival on Wednesday (Aug. 22), the newly minted company is the parent to Anthology Studios, which comprises six television and film production companies, a theatre production company and a licensing company, all operating across the UK and internationally.
The group combines creativity and financial expertise to develop and produce scripted and unscripted, television, film, digital and theatrical content.
The six television and film companies comprising of Anthology Studios includes Kate Beal and Derren Lawford‘s factual indie Woodcut Media; Paul Wooding‘s unscripted unit Spark TV; scripted labels SUMS Film & Media, Duchess Street, Mischief Screen and Rockfleet; stage production company Ghost Light Theatre Productions; and brand licensing agency Larkshead Media, which focuses on children’s TV and art- and design-based titles.
Anthology Advisory will also operate under the group’s banner. The arm will continue to advise on investment opportunities in theatre and across all media platforms.
Bob & Co., now The Anthology Group, was founded in 2010 by Bob Benton to bridge the gap between creativity and financial opportunities. Hilary Strong (pictured), who has served as CEO of Bob & Co. since 2017, will continue in her role as CEO of the group.
At Anthology, Benton and Strong will be joined by Woodcut chairman and former Lion Television founder Jeremy Mills, who will now serve as chairman of Anthology Studios, which will initially focus on factual, comedy and drama production. Northcroft Films director Carolyn Bennett boards as chair ofthe group parent Anthology Media.
Anthology Studios is represented in North America by WME.
“Launching Anthology will allow us to move forward as a fully equipped production group, telling the best stories across television, theatre and film platforms alongside our existing investment and licensing businesses,” said Anthology Group founder Benton in a statement. “Our focus is to develop and produce scripted and unscripted television, film, digital and theatre content and the new infrastructure will allow us to do that on an international scale.”
“Bob Benton is a true visionary who has pulled together distinct production talent and companies and has combined those with a unique fund, the Cultural Capital Fund, to create a genuinely diverse group, where each part will benefit from the expertise and talents of the others. This level of diversity early on in the life of a new media group is unusual and I am excited both by the creative and by the commercial opportunities that it opens up,” added group CEO Strong. “It is the right time to own rights, to finance their development and to have the talent to produce and exploit these across multiple media platforms within a single group.”