'Bridget Jones,' 'Shopgirl' Directors Form Drama Producer With All3Media Backing

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Courtesy of All3Media

Sharon Maguire and Anand Tucker launch Seven Stories to develop content for the U.K. and U.S.

All3Media, the U.K. TV production powerhouse co-owned by Discovery Communications and John Malone's Liberty Global, is backing a new TV drama production company launched by Shopgirl director Anand Tucker and Bridget Jones's Diary director Sharon Maguire.

The company is called Seven Stories and is based in London. It will develop and produce content for the U.K. and U.S. markets and says it already has unnamed projects in development with networks on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tucker and Maguire are directors, writers and producers of film and TV. Maguire found international success bringing Bridget Jones to the big screen and is currently in development on the third movie in the franchise, Bridget Jones's Baby.

“After spending the last few years working in film and television in Los Angeles, we are delighted to return to our roots in the U.K. and launch a well-resourced television drama company with the backing of All3Media,” said Tucker. “British and American television offer great opportunities right now to tell unexpected, compelling and fascinating stories."

He added: "As the barriers between film and television are becoming increasingly fluid, we’re excited to be bringing the relationships that we’ve built over the years across both media to the slate we’ve been building."

Tucker and Maguire are joined by development and production executives Colleen Woodcock and Jo McClellan who will serve as creative directors at Seven Stories.

Woodcock has been head of creative affairs at Pathe Productions since 2006, where she has overseen development and production on such films as Slumdog Millionaire, Philomena and Selma.‎ McClellan was recently was a part of pay TV giant Sky's drama team, working as executive producer across the company's various channels, including on such shows as The Tunnel and The Last Panthers.

All3Media CEO Jane Turton said: “Anand, Sharon, Colleen and Jo have an outstanding track record and I am delighted to help them launch their start-up company. This is another step in our commitment to growing All3’s scripted interests, which so far this year have included the acquisition of Neal Street Productions, the appointment of Michele Buck at Company Pictures and the launch of Studio Lambert drama.”