Former Scott Free U.K. Head Forming Production Outfit With U.K. Producer Kris Thykier

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Liza Marshall (right) with her husband, Mark Strong (second from right) are pictured with Donald De Line (left) and Greg Berlanti at "The Green Lantern" premiere in 2011

The pair are joining forces to set up Archery Pictures

Liza Marshall, the former U.K. head of Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free, is setting up a new TV and film outfit with U.K. producer Kris Thykier.

In an announcement made Monday, it was revealed that the two had joined forces to form Archery Pictures, into which the staff and slate of Thykier's own company, PeaPie Films, would be incorporated.

Archery Pictures' key executives will include Pip Williams as senior development and production executive and Mairi Bett as head of physical production. Kitty Kaletsky will move across from PeaPie as development executive.

Marshall announced she was stepping down from Scott Free last month, having joined in 2009 from Channel 4, where she was head of drama. At Scott Free, she established the company's London office, overseeing films including Before I Go To Sleep, Life in a Day and Welcome to the Punch, the latter starring her husband, Mark Strong.

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Thykier has produced such films as Stephen Daldry's upcoming drama, Trash, Brit comedy I Give It a Year and Madonna's W.E. Prior to forming PeaPie, he was partnered with Matthew Vaughn at Marv Films, producing Harry Brown, Kick-Ass and Stardust. He is currently in postproduction on Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

"I am very excited at the prospect of our partnership. I have long admired Liza, and her track record speaks for itself," Thykier said in a statement. "She is smart, ambitious and has brilliant taste. I hope that together we can build Archery Pictures into a modern international production house able to work freely across film, television and other content platforms."

Marshall added: "I'm thrilled to be working with Kris. He has enormous energy and passion for filmmaking, and I hope that together we will create a home for writers and directors to do their very best work."

As of yet, no replacement for Marshall has been announced at Scott Free London.

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