Warner Bros. Television Productions UK
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Warner Bros. Television Productions UK (formerly Shed Media Group) is a British creator and distributor of television content. The Group produces long-running television brands in drama, factual, documentary, factual entertainment, and history.
Established in 1998 as Shed Productions, the company floated on AIM (Alternative Investment Market) in March 2005. The group has grown significantly since flotation and to date, four award-winning media companies: Ricochet, Twenty Twenty, Wall to Wall and Outright Distribution have all joined the group. In 2010 it was bought by Time Warner.
Shed was established in 1998, specialising in producing long-running returnable drama including Waterloo Road, Bad Girls and Footballers' Wives. In March 2005, the company listed on AIM (Alternative Investment Market).
In November 2005, Shed acquired Ricochet, a leading production company specialising in factual entertainment. Ricochet created and produces global brand Supernanny. Other programmes include: Extreme Dreams, It's Me or the Dog, Breaking into Tesco and Blood, Sweat and T-shirts.
Shed acquired Outright Distribution (formerly Screentime Partners) in September 2006. The acquisition was a strategic move in order to maximise exploitation of the Group’s IP through its own in-house distribution company, whilst growing third-party business.
Shed acquired Wall to Wall in November 2007. A multiple BAFTA winner, Wall to Wall produces long-running brands including BBC One's Who Do You Think You Are? and New Tricks. Reality dramas include: 1940’s House and Frontier House. Docu-dramas include: The Day Britain Stopped and Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story.
In 2008, Wall to Wall's Man on Wire won an Academy Award Oscar in the best Documentary Feature category.
On 5 August 2010, Warner Bros. Television secured a 55.75% stake in Shed Media. Warner Bros. completed its acquisition of a majority stake in Shed Media on 14 October. Under the deal, Shed Media will remain an independent company, but its global distribution arm, Outright Distribution, would be folded into the Warner's UK operation. The Shed management team held on to a 21.37% shareholding, with the remaining stake being split between a group of 27 key staff members.
Key current programmes include:
- Waterloo Road (BBC One, Shed Productions)
- New Tricks (BBC One, Wall to Wall)
- Supernanny (Channel 4, Style and ABC, Ricochet)
- Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One, Wall to Wall)
- The Choir (BBC Two, Twenty Twenty)
- Extreme Dreams (BBC Two, Ricochet)
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice (BBC One, Twenty Twenty)
- Evacuation (BBC One, Twenty Twenty)
- Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story (BBC Two, Wall to Wall)
- Open House (BBC One, Ricochet)
- Breaking into Tesco (Five, Ricochet)
- Freaky Eaters (TLC, Shed Media US)
- WWE Tough Enough (USA Network, Shed Media US/WWE)
Shed Media was nominated for Float of the Year in 2005 and won Deal of the Year 2006 in the Quoted Company Awards for its acquisition of Ricochet. Several of Shed’s programmes have won BAFTA, RTS, Rose D’Or and National Television Awards.
- Chris Tryhorn, "Shed Media in talks on takeover", Guardian (London), 14 December 2009, http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/dec/14/independent-production-companies-television
- Steve Busfield and Mark Sweney, "Time Warner buys Shed Media",Guardian (London), 5 August 2010, http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/aug/05/independent-production-companies-television
- James Thompson, "Shed Media falls to Time Warner for £100m ", Independent (UK), 6 August 2010, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/shed-media-falls-to-time-warner-for-163100m-2044779.html
- "Eileen Gallagher on the success of television production company Shed Media", Telegraph (London), 3 Mar 2009, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/businesstruth/4933842/Eileen-Gallagher-on-the-success-of-television-production-company-Shed-Media.html
- "Time Warner to acquire Shed Media". Digital Spy. 5 August 2010.
- "Warner Bros completes Shed Media deal". Digital Spy. 14 October 2010.