Hartswood Films

BBC, ITV & UK scripted firms face probe over possible breach of freelance competition laws

UK broadcasters the BBC and ITV, along with several local scripted production companies, are under investigation by the government’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) due to possible breaches of anti-trust rules regarding freelance contracts. Derry Girls producer Hat Trick, Wolf’s Hartswood Films, This Is Going To Hurt’s Sister, Beyond Paradise firm Red Planet Pictures and […]

‘Sherlock’ prodco Hartswood Films explores future, with potential sale among options

Sherlock and The Time Traveler’s Wife producer Hartswood Films is exploring its future, with a potential sale among options being considered. The company was founded in 1979 by Beryl Vertue, who died last year aged 90, with the production firm subsequently being passed to her daughters. Hartswood is now assessing its options, according to the […]

BBC drama ‘The Control Room’ travels to Australia, China & Europe

Broadcasters in Australia, China and Europe have acquired Hartswood Films’ BBC thriller series The Control Room, following deals with All3Media International. Following its BBC One debut in the UK, The Control Room is to launch on BBC Studios in Australia, with a second window also signed with national broadcaster ABC. In China, meanwhile, national streaming service Pumpkin Film […]

Sky unveils UK dramas & comedies as 200 originals set to land in 2022

Sky is planning to launch more than 200 original programmes in 2022, with a raft of new commissions unveiled for its slate. The originals output – up 60% on 2021 – includes The Tattooist of Auschwitz, which is being produced by The Cry firm Synchronicity Films. The Scottish prodco picked up rights to the Heather […]

‘Sherlock’ producer & TV veteran Beryl Vertue dies, aged 90

  Beryl Vertue, the veteran British producer and founder of Hartswood Films, died on Saturday at the age of 90. It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we have to share the sad news that mum/Beryl passed away peacefully last night,” said her daughters and Hartswood Films co-producers Sue and Debbie Vertue in a statement. […]

Exclusive: Eleven Film MD joins Sherlock producer

Eleven Film MD Dan Cheesbrough has stepped down to join Sherlock producer Hartswood Films.  The exec left the Sex Education prodco in late September, and has boarded Hartswood as commercial director, TBI has confirmed. Cheesbrough joined the Channel 4-backed Eleven as MD in July 2016, tasked with advising the business on strategic direction and overseeing production, finance, commercial and operations. […]

Netflix takes bite out of BBC One’s Dracula

BBC One and Netflix are partnering on a three-part adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Sherlock producers Hartswood Films is producing the 3 x 90-minute series, which is co-created and co-written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The drama is to reintroduce audiences to the Transylvanian vampire. Dracula was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of BBC […]