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3rd December 2023

The Pet Sitter Mysteries (8 x 45’), based on the best-selling novels by Blaize and John Clement, is being developed by ZDF Studios and sees Sly Fox Productions  reunite with Queens of Mystery writer and creator Julian Unthank at the helm.


The eight-part series will be set in Sandbanks on Dorset’s stunning south coast, one of the UK’s most exclusive locations. Home to the mega rich featuring golden beaches, designer houses and yachts captained by loutish Lottery Winners and reclusive billionaires, Sandbanks is crammed full of glamorous, suntanned, excessively wealthy eccentrics. It is also home to Dixie Hemingway, a professional pet-sitter and former policewoman who was forced to resign for reasons she’d rather not to go into...


28th February 2022

News flash! Queens of Mystery will be airing on UK Broadcaster Channel 5! Episodes will begin airing at 21:15pm on Saturday, 12 March and continuing weekly. 

We're very excited that the UK will get to experience the queens on the silver screen, as well as streaming on Acorn TV. 


1st March 2021

We are thrilled to announce that filming for Season 2 of Queens of Mystery has officially begun! As of the 1st of March, the cameras are rolling on our queens, and the team is very excited to welcome Florence Hall to the cast, playing DS Matilda Stone, and to welcome back Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, and Sarah Woodward as Matilda’s three aunts.


The second season of Queens of Mystery continues to follow detective Matilda Stone as she solves crimes in the town of Wildemarsh. She is helped (or hindered?) by her three crime-writer aunts: the outspoken Aunt Cat (Julie Graham), the warm Aunt Beth (Sarah Woodward), and the book smart Aunt Jane (Siobhan Redmond). 


In series regular roles, returning characters are Michael Trenaman (The Inbetweeners) as Matilda’s boos, the dry Inspector Derek Thorne; Andrew Leung (Doctor Who) as the dashing Dr. Daniel Lynch; Rebecca Grant (Doctors, Holby City) as Daniel’s competitive girlfriend Natasha; and Michael Elcock as the steadfast Police Constable Terry Foster.


Stay tuned for more updates as filming continues!  


5th April 2020

We are delighted to be able to announce that Acorn TV will soon be launching in the UK, bringing with it the British premiere of Queens of Mystery. 


The VoD service, which has more than one million paid subscribers in the US, touts itself as “the ultimate destination for high-quality, world class dramas, mysteries and comedies from around the world without advertising”.

“Acorn TV has been phenomenally successful in North America, and we’re excited to bring our slate of exceptional programming from around the world to UK viewers. The United Kingdom has a long-standing tradition of producing first-rate dramas and mysteries, so we’re thrilled to feature so many popular, award-winning programs in one place like ITV’s Foyle’s War and BBC’s Keeping Faith, as well as introduce UK audiences to the charming, British-produced Acorn TV Original Queens of Mystery”, said Matthew Graham, General Manager of Acorn TV.

The AMC Networks owned streaming service will launch in the UK on Wednesday April 29th. The service will be priced at £4.99 per month or £49.99 annually and will be available via, Roku, Fire TV, Android and Apple mobile and Apple TV, and soon after will be available on Amazon Channels and Apple TV Channels.

Catherine Mackin, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises, the UK-based development division for Acorn TV, added: “We continue to greatly expand our commission and co-production slate and are extremely excited for UK viewers to get the opportunity to see the wonderful Queens of Mystery filmed in the beautiful countryside of Kent as well as several other productions later this year, including Irish period mystery series Dead Still and New Zealand thriller The Sounds, among many others.”

So put the 29th April in your diaries for some warm, witty and whimsical lockdown viewing!


20th February

Following on from the happy news about SXSW, we're pleased to announce that our title sequence has also been shortlisted for Best TV Graphics at British Animation Awards! Congratulations to all the team!


5th February 2020

We are thrilled to announce that Queens of Mystery's title sequence has been selected for the highly prestigious South By South West festival, as part of the Excellence in Title Design competition! 

Special mention must be made to their visionary director Ian Emes, pop-up designer David Hawcock, illustrator Garry Walton, composer Paul Englishby, the team at Azimuth Post Production and Packshot Factory, and series creator, Julian Unthank, whose idea for the pop-up titles was in the script from Day 1.


31st October 2019

Exciting news - Queens of Mystery Season 1 is now available to buy on DVD! Twice named a New York Times 'Pick of the Week', Queens of Mystery is 'like no mystery show that you have ever seen on television' (News Talk Florida).


If you're in the US you can get your copy here:

EMMY NOMINATED! Congratulations to Juliet Stevenson.

17th July 2019

Enormous congratulations to Juliet Stevenson for her nomination in Outstanding Narration as the omniscient author in Queens of Mystery.


Juliet was "over the moon" to receive the news, as are the whole Sly Fox team.

Thanks must also go to the sound team at Azimuth Post Production, headed up by Raoul Brand, for weaving the narration into the soundscape so beautifully. 

Also nominated in the category are David Attenborough, Angela Bassett, Charles Dance, Anthony Mendez and Liev Schreiber. The results will be announced on the 14th of September.


11th April 2019

We're delighted that 'Queens of Mystery' has twice been named as a New York Times 'Pick of the Week'. 

On 6th April, Kathryn Shattuck, selected the launch of the show as the paper's sole TV choice for the week ahead:


"While he was writing witty bits for Martin Clunes’s crank in “Doc Martin,” Julian Unthank began to wonder where all the strong women over 40 had gone to on British television. So he conjured up a few.

"Queens of Mystery" debuting Monday, April 8, on the streaming service Acorn TV, follows the whimsical antics of Matilda Stone, an “Amélie”-esque detective sergeant — stylish bob, missing mother, candy-colored daydreams — who has returned to Wildemarsh, the home of her three crime-writing aunts, Beth (Sarah Woodward), Cat (Julie Graham) and Jane (Siobhan Redmond)."

And on 11th April, Margaret Lyons, chose it as one of three shows to watch, alongside new Netflix launch, 'Special', and the return of the hit series 'Game of Thrones' - we have new four Queens competing for that throne! 


"If you like “Pushing Daisies,” this is your next jam. We’ve got a fairy-tale-style omniscient narrator who notes the exact years, months and days since certain events; oddball aunts who raised a bookish niece; and police investigations that are more whimsical than gory. Olivia Vinall plays Matilda, a detective who developed her skills thanks to her aunts’ careers as crime novelists. Acorn is releasing three two-part stories; the first is available now, and the second and third debut on April 15 and 22." 

You can read the full review by clicking "Read More" below.


10th April 2019

The Queens are going global as ZDF Enterprises acquire distribution rights for non-English language territories for 'Queens of Mystery'. They and will be working alongside Acorn Media International who will be selling “Queens of Mystery” in English-language markets.

ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties.

As Variety says "Episodic drama is always in demand internationally, notably from big free-TV networks who like their wide appeal and flexibility they offer schedulers. They are in relatively short supply in a market full of serialized fare, but “Queen of Mystery” is one of several new titles seeking to fill that gap and meet buyer demand."

​Acorn Media Enterprises, had commissioned QUEENS OF MYSTERY from Sly Fox Productions in association with Ferncroft Media for Acorn TV, North America’s largest streaming service for British and international television. Created for television by writer Julian Unthank (Doc Martin, New Tricks), the first series of QUEENS OF MYSTERY has already made its North American premiere as an Acorn TV Original. The U.S. launch was accompanied with recommendations by the Sunday New York Timesand Sunday Los Angeles Times (‘a surefire crowd-pleaser: a cheery mystery series’), as well as Woman’s World Magazine and News Talk Florida (“a masterpiece… The storyline is very fun, the acting is brilliant, and it is the most original mystery series that I have seen in years.”).


7th April 2019

Thanks to News Talk Florida for a glowing review of 'Queens of Mystery', which launches tomorrow on Acorn TV in the US and Canada.

Critic James Williams describes the series as "a masterpiece" and suggests that "Acorn TV has a big hit in Queens of Mystery".

You can read his review by clicking Read More below.


1st December 2018

Filming has completed on the first series of 'Queens of Mystery'. An enormous thank you must be given to the cast and crew who went above and beyond to share in our passion to make this show reach its ambitious potential. 

Thanks must go to our lead cast, Olivia Vinall, Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond and Sarah Woodward, who were a pleasure to collaborate with. The show is made by these four actors and their characters. Thank you to our regular lead men, Andrew Leung, Michael Elcock and Martin Trenaman, all of whom brought so much joy to set - as well as to our superb guest stars, talents we feel honoured to have worked with.

The first and last episodes were helmed by the fantastically creative Ian Emes as director, who set the quirky tone and style with real flair. For the second episode, we were joined by the brilliant director Jamie Magnus Stone, whose energy and enthusiasm were infectious.

Special mentions must also be given to the hard working Heads of Departments, whose creative input were invaluable. Production designer, Alison Dominitz; DOPs James Aspinall (Ep 1 & 3) and Arthur Mulhern (Ep 2); Costume Designer, Charlie Knight; Casting Director, Louise Cross; Jake Whitelee and Stevie Haywood who led a fantastic sound team; My Alehammer, our Hair and Make Up Designer and of course, our line producer, Carolyn Parry-Jones, who ran the ship outstandingly.

We look forward to emerging in post production at Azimuth in Soho, where we'll be working with an excellent team of editors: Tim Marchant, Michael Harrowes and Alex Kalmakrian; our composer, the supremely talented Paul Englishby; as well as Azimuth's fantastic Head of Sound, Raoul Brand.

Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, Sarah Woodward & Olivia Vinall To Star In ‘Queens Of Mystery

6th September 2018

We are delighted to announce the lead cast of 'Queens Of Mystery', which begins filming next week. 


Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle, Shetland), Siobhan Redmond (Alfresco, Between the Lines), Sarah Woodward (The Politician’s Husband, New Blood) and Olivia Vinall (Apple Tree Yard, Maigret) will star as the headliners of a stellar cast put together by the show's brilliant casting director, Louise Cross. 

Queens Of Mystery follows 28-year old detective Matilda Stone, played by Olivia Vinall, and her three crime-writer aunts: the rebellious Aunt Cat, played by  Julie Graham; the warm Aunt Beth, played by Sarah Woodward; and the book smart Aunt Jane, played by Siobhan Redmond.

Completing the regular roles are Andrew Leung (Doctor Who) as the dashing Dr. Daniel Lynch; Rebecca Grant (Doctors, Holby City) as Daniel’s mean-spirited girlfriend Natasha; newcomer Michael Elcock as the doting Police Constable Terry Foster; and Martin Trenaman (The Inbetweeners) as the dry Inspector Derek Throne.


In the first of our three episodes we look forward to welcoming a fantastic array of guest stars include Selina Cadell (Doc Martin), Omid Djalili (Dickensian, The Mummy), and Chu Omambala (Liar).


1st August 2018

Sly Fox are delighted to announce the commission of 'Queens of Mystery' for US sVOD, Acorn TV. 


'Queens of Mystery', created by New Tricks and Doc Martin writer Julian Unthank, and produced by Sly Fox Productions in association with Ferncroft Media, will air in the U.S. and in English-speaking territories via Acorn TV. It will launch in 2019 and will be distributed internationally by ZDF Enterprises.

'Queens of Mystery' follows a perennially single female detective and her three aunts, who are well-known crime writers that help her solve whodunit style murders as well as set her up on blind dates. The Amelie-esque style contemporary murder mystery series will feature quirky characters, fast-paced dialogue and darkly comic murders. The Rook writer Matthew Thomas will write along with Unthank and Ian Emes will direct the first two episodes.

Stay tuned for more news on casting in the coming weeks!

Linda James, Producer at Sly Fox Productions, said, “It’s a wonderful challenge to create a new detective series that feels fresh and different. With Queens of Mystery, Julian has brought wit and verve to the genre that we’re sure will delight a global audience.


31st August 2017

Earlier this year, Sly Fox's development producer, Savannah James-Bayly, was commissioned, with director Amrou Al-Kadhi, to make a short film for NOWNESS - a portrait of London-based artist and performer Victoria Sin. It has just been announced that the film will screen at BFI London Film Festival in their 'Hoping, Fearing, Dreaming' strand.

“My hope is that viewers will experience the transformative power of Victoria’s drag”, says Al-Kadhi of the project “and will watch this queer unicorn warrior be where they belong - in the cinematic grandeur, with a gaze that they own”.

Congratulations to Savannah and the team. Get your tickets via the link below.


30th August 2017

On 24th September at 9pm CLASH, the latest short film produced by Sly Fox Productions development producer, Savannah James-Bayly, will be broadcast on BBC4 as part of their 'Listen to Britain' series, in partnership with the BFI.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of 'Listen To Britain' - Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister's post-war propaganda film, which painted a poetic collage of a thriving and harmonious Britain - BBC4 in partnership with BFI Net.Work, commissioned a group of emerging filmmakers to capture the diversity of contemporary Britain in a series of new short films. Director, Amrou Al-Kadhi, and producer, Savannah James-Bayly, were selected with their film, CLASH, an essay film on the UK’s obsession with period dramas despite their failure to reflect modern diversity, and what it means for those excluded from this vision of Britain.

Be sure to tune in! You can also catch it on the big screen at BFI Southbank on 19th September!…


Coming up on the 15th & 16th September 2017

For a second year, Savannah James-Bayly, Development Producer at Sly Fox Productions, will be appearing at London Screenwriter's Festival's PITCHFEST, to listen to pitches and give feedback on ideas and their delivery.

The London Screenwriters’ Festival is an annual three day conference for screenwriters held at Regents University in Regents Park, from the 15th to 17th of September, with over 130 seminars, lessons and workshops to choose from.

Savannah will be attending Pitchfest on the 15th & 16th September and would love to see you there.


30th May 2017

Don’t miss the fabulous Pink Floyd exhibition at The V & A that runs until 1 October 2017 and which celebrates the creative work of Linda's long-time collaborator, writer/director Ian Emes, with whom she has to date made a 10-part series for Channel 4 (Kersplat!), a fiction film for Channel 5 (Deadly Summer) and a comedy series for ITV (Sir Gadabout)! Their next project together is a family feature film entitled ‘The Knitwits’ for which they have already secured the support of the BFI and producer, Jon Finn.

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The circular screen marks the point where Floyd moved from improvised light shows to preconceived moving images. The band wanted to take things further, they saw the visual possibilities of having something which was structured, spatial and more connected to their music…

Ian Emes - The Pink Floyd Animator

Who were Pink Floyd’s greatest artistic collaborators? 


Pink Floyd worked with industry leaders across a number of creative platforms – such as Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, the design duo behind many of the band’s most iconic album covers; Mark Fisher and Jonathan Park, the architecture and engineering duo who realized some of their most memorable stage sets; Ian Emes an artist whose animations appeared on Pink Floyd’s circular screen when they performed live.

Victoria Broackes - Curator    

IN THE MATTER OF ISABEL by Paul Mendelson - Out Now!

27th May 2017

Congratulations to Paul Mendelson - one half of the comedy screenwriting partnership that Sly Fox Productions have a first look deal with - on the publication of "In the Matter of Isabel". We recommend it enthusiastically!

"A titillating thriller that is both warm and endlessly funny... Perfect for long-distance flights, longish trips to the bathroom, any sort of lull on the farm, in fact I can’t think of any situation that couldn’t be hugely enhanced by dipping into Mendelson’s delightful novel."

Ardal O’Hanlon,

Comedian and actor

'Paul Mendelson manages to write a comic novel that effortlessly mixes broad farce and beautifully drawn cameos with twists, tension and a touching love story. A wonderfully funny debut novel from an accomplished TV scriptwriter.'

David Lister

The Independent

Rick, a wannabe corporate whiz-kid from Hackney, is transfixed when the exotic Isabel Velazco walks into his Edgware Road law office. She desperately needs his help to get her son Sebastian back. Three years ago, following a divorce from Sebastian’s father, Isabel took her son back to Argentina – with his dad’s consent. But when Sebastian visited his dad for Christmas, he never returned. Now, five long months later, she has raised the money to try and get him back. Cocky Rick believes he holds all the cards as he takes on Isabel’s case. But who exactly is playing whom? Is the ‘helpless’ Isabel all that she seems?

DEATH MESSAGE by Kate London - Out Now!

20th April 2017

Congratulations to Kate London on the release of Death Message, the second in a series of novels which Sly Fox Productions has under option!

Kate London graduated from Cambridge University then moved to Paris where she trained in theatre. In 2006 Kate joined the Metropolitan Police Service. She finished her career working as part of a Major Investigation Team on SC&O1 – the Metropolitan Police Service’s Homicide Command.  She resigned from the MPS in August 2014 to return to the arts, and her debut novel Post Mortem was published by Corvus in 2015 - the first in this trilogy of novels.

Kate's insight into policing is apparent in all of her books, allowing them to be both thought-provoking as well as an absolutely gripping, thrilling read!


"October 1987: the morning after the Great Storm. Fifteen-year-old Tania Mills walks out her front door and disappears. Twenty-seven years later her mother still prays for her return. DS Sarah Collins in the Met’s Homicide Command is determined to find out what happened, but is soon pulled into a shocking new case and must once again work with a troubled young police officer from her past, Lizzie Griffiths.

PC Lizzie Griffiths, now a training detective, is working in the Domestic Violence Unit, known by cops as the ‘murder prevention squad’. Called to an incident of domestic violence, she encounters a vicious, volatile man – and a woman too frightened to ask for help. Soon Lizzie finds herself drawn into the centre of the investigation as she fights to protect a mother and daughter in peril.

As both cases unfold, Sarah and Lizzie must survive the dangerous territory where love and violence meet."

BFI Flare Festival selects Sly Fox development producer for prestigious mentorship scheme

15th March 2017

Congratulations to Savannah James-Bayly, Development Producer at Sly Fox Productions, who has been chosen as one of BFI Flare Festival's 2017 mentees.

After two very successful editions, BFI Flare Mentorships are back, now as an official part of BFI NETWORK, once again in partnership with BAFTA. This programme sees six emerging LGBT-identified filmmakers mentored by a senior figure from the film industry while developing industry knowledge, professional connections, and gaining an overview of LGBT features entering the marketplace.

The programme runs from 16-26th of March at BFI Southbank. 

Sly Fox Productions signs with Funmbi Omotayo and Oladipo ‘Dipo’ Agboulaje to develop “Pastor K” sit-com

16th February 2017

Sly Fox Productions is delighted to have signed an agreement with stand-up Funmbi Omotayo to develop a sit-com about Pastor Kayode Daniels, set in London’s vibrant Nigerian community.  Funmbi Omotayo’s friendly, instantly likeable style won him the award for Best Newcomer at the Black Entertainment Comedy Awards. He has since gone on to win the prestigious Leicester Square New Act of the Year competition in 2012; shortly after becoming joint winner of Amused Moose’s Laugh Off Competition in the same year.  His stand-up draws on tales of living in Hackney, his Nigerian roots and his hilarious day to day observations. Funmbi has also appeared on The John Bishop Show (BBC One), Play To The Whistle (ITV1), The Vacuum (ITV2), The Blame Game (BBC NI), I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Here Now! (ITV2), Too Much TV (BBC Two), The Premier League Show (BBC Two) and @elevenish (ITV2).


Funmbi will collaborate on the scripts with Playwright Dipo Agboulaje, whose most recent play ‘The New Nigerians’ (Arcola Theatre, 2017)  was described by Michael Billington of The Guardian  as a “robust satire that combines local jokes with universal principles”, while Exeunt Magazine wrote that it was “packed with killer lines and comic characters”.  Dipo’s first play Early Morning was produced in 2003 at Oval House Theatre and was followed by a string of original plays, adaptations and radio plays. His first collection of plays, Plays One, was published by Oberon in 2014. His writing deals with identity and belonging, and the African Diasporic condition. He is the 2009 winner of the Alfred Fagon prize for playwriting for his play Iya-Ile (The First Wife). Iya-Ile was also nominated for an Olivier Award that same year.


Funmbi is represented by Christian Knowles at CKP.


November 2016

Following on from her debut novel, POST MORTEM, ex-cop Kate London is back with her new book, DEATH MESSAGE, due for release in June 2017, published by Atlantic Books.

DEATH MESSAGE tracks the careers of PC Lizzie Griffiths and DS Sarah Collins in the year following the case in POST MORTEM. 

"Kate's insight into life in the Met Police infuses her writing with a richness of detail and an authenticity that makes the process of adaptation an incredibly exciting undertaking - these books are a rare gem," says Savannah James-Bayly, Development Producer at Sly Fox Productions, "we're all looking forward to working closely with Kate in 2017.".

Kate is represented by Alice Lutyens at Curtis Brown.

Sly Fox Productions Inks First Look Deal With Comedy Duo Paul Mendelson & Paul Alexander


Sly Fox Productions has announced a first look deal with comedy writing partnership, Paul Mendelson & Paul Alexander. 


Paul Alexander and Paul Mendelson met on the long-running BBC sitcom My Hero and have been regular collaborators ever since, co-creating DreamWorks Animation’s Annie-nominated series Neighbors From Hell, which ran on the TBS Channel in the US and starred Steve Coogan as Satan.


‘The Pauls’ are represented by Nick Ranceford-Hadley of NRH Management who says, “My clients and I are absolutely delighted to be working with Linda, Tim and Savannah who all share our passion for the creative process”.

Commenting on the deal for Sly Fox Productions, Tim said  “The opportunities in scripted comedy are considerable, provided you have access to the writing talent. We are thrilled to be able to forge this relationship with two immense comedy talents who have more than proven their worth in both the UK and the USA’”. 


Shane Murphy, Managing Director of Acorn Media Enterprises added, “We’re delighted that Linda, Tim  and Savannah have clasped the Pauls to their bosom. Their production track records aside, relationships with talent like this are what attracted us to them in the first place. We’re confident that this partnership will provide us with fantastic scripted shows for Acorn TV, our SVoD service and RLJE International, our global distribution business.


Paul Mendelson came from the world of advertising before moving to TV where he created primetime comedy for BBC1: May to December (6 seasons - BAFTA nomination best comedy), So Haunt Me (3 seasons - best Jewish-mother-ghost comedy) and My Hero (6 seasons - best residuals), all of which have shown in over 70 countries. His acclaimed ITV drama Losing It starring Martin Clunes was based on the first of his many broadcast plays on Radio 4. His most recent radio drama was a major dramatisation of The African Queen starring Toby Jones and Samantha Bond. 


Paul Alexander’s past TV work includes the Emmy-winning Red Dwarf, the RTS award winning My Parents Are Aliens and the BAFTA-winning Revenge Files of Alistair Fury (CBBC). Other TV includes the BBC sitcoms Life of Riley and British Comedy Award winning The 10%ers, 2point4 Children and Goodnight Sweetheart. 



Happy new year from us at Sly Fox Productions. We're very excited about the year ahead!


September 2015

This summer Sly Fox Productions renewed their colaboration with best-selling author, Peter James, when they optioned a collection of seven of his stand alone 'chiller/thriller' novels, including titles such as DENIAL, TWILIGHT and FAITH.


Sly Fox producer, Linda James, previously optioned Peter James' ALCHEMIST which was made into a 4 part series for Channel 5.


Follow Peter James on twitter @peterjamesuk


13th June 2015

This June the Fox's skulk gained an additional member, with the arrival of new development assistant, Savannah James-Bayly, who will be helping support Linda and Tim in sourcing and developing a slate of outstanding TV drama and comedy.


Prior to joining the Sly Fox team, Savannah worked in development at Starfield Productions, the company of British producer, Paul Raphael. Savannah has also produced eight of her own short films, with a particular focus on helping nurture emerging writers and directors. Perhaps suprisingly, she holds a degree in Biochemistry from University College London.


"I am delighted to be joing the team at Sly Fox. They have a diverse slate of projects that all feel fresh and bold - it's drama at its most interesting - I cannot wait to watch them myself!" 





5th May 2015

Shortly after announcing a ground-breaking collaboration with the influential Acorn Productions, Sly Fox producers Linda James and Tim Vaughan have moved fast to acquire a TV option for Kate London’s debut novel POST MORTEM by from Anne-Marie Doulton of The Ampersand Agency. It is the first novel they have optioned in the new company.


World publishing rights in POST MORTEM and a second novel were acquired last year by Atlantic Books’ Publishing Director, Margaret Stead. The first novel will be published in August 2015 and the second in August 2016, both under Atlantic’s Corvus imprint.


Sly Fox producer Tim Vaughan said: “These days, it’s hard to imagine a new TV cop series that could come across as fresh or different, but Kate London’s Post Mortem immediately stands out as a thing apart: a gripping, intelligent and absorbing story, offering fascinating insights into the contradictions of every-day policing, told with the kind of honesty and forensic candour that only a seasoned and highly articulate insider in ‘The Job’ could provide. Linda James and I are delighted and proud to be working with Kate to bring her truly exceptional first novel to the screen.”


Follow Kate London on twitter @kate_katelondon


13th January 2015

Acorn Productions, the UK rights and production arm of RLJ Entertainment, has entered into an exciting new collaboration with drama producers Linda James (Valhalla Rising, Submarine) and Tim Vaughan (William and Mary, A Touch of Frost) and their new London based independent production company, Sly Fox Productions.

Hilary Strong (Managing Director, Acorn Productions) and Basi Akpabio (Creative Director, Acorn Productions) brokered the deal and will work closely with Linda and Tim to develop and produce a broad slate of new television drama for UK and US broadcasters. Under the arrangement, RLJ Entertainment will grow its global content pipeline through Stuart Shaw (Managing Director, RLJE International) by taking distribution rights in the finished programming created by Sly Fox Productions. Hilary and Stuart will both join Linda and Tim on the board of Sly Fox Productions.

Hilary Strong advised:


‘Acorn Productions are guardians of some of the world’s most iconic and widely-loved characters and stories, most famously Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The relationship with Sly Fox Productions signifies a new way of working for Acorn, and is a hugely exciting development for us and RLJ Entertainment’s wider strategy; strengthening our ambitious plans to build our content base and continue bringing drama of the highest quality to an international audience. 

To date the business model used for co-ventures of this type in the UK has involved production businesses taking equity stakes in creative start-ups. We have developed a different model, enabling Linda and Tim to retain 100% of their equity, but still to be umbrella’d by us, with all of the security and upside that brings. We will be looking to replicate that model with other creative teams focusing on television drama.’ 

Linda James and Tim Vaughan are recognised for their talent and passion for outstanding screen entertainment, providing producer, writing and production management skills at the highest level. Linda is maybe best known as the co-creator of Red Rooster Films, one of the most successful and prolific drama production companies in the UK during the nineties.

Commenting on the new relationship with RLJ Entertainment, Linda James said, 


‘Tim and I are delighted to be in business with Acorn Productions and their colleagues at RLJ Entertainment. We appreciate the expertise and experience that Hilary, and her team, brings to the aptly named 'Collaboration Agreement'. To be able to tap into the resources and knowledge that their financial, legal and distribution departments provide is very valuable to us, they have a company culture and infrastructure that is supportive and nurturing. Tim and I set out to secure a situation that would allow us to create and produce high quality, ambitious drama and we believe this deal with Acorn will allow us to do precisely that.'

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