Liberation Ent. closes U.K. division

Indie distributor had 4,000 hours of programming

LONDON -- U.S. indie distributor Liberation Entertainment has shuttered its U.K. arm, making about 12 staffers redundant.

Liberation, which had deals in place with such companies as Jetix Consumer Products -- for classic animated series based on Marvel Entertainment characters, opened its office in the U.K. under former Sanctuary exec Spencer Pollard in 2006 and has about 4,000 hours of programming.

The indie also had successes with "Ian Wright -- It Shouldn't Happen to a Footballer" and "Ricky Hatton -- A Life Story." It also dabbled with theatrical releases including the thriller "Protege."