Sony Pictures Television Takes Stake in 'Suffragette' Producer Faye Ward’s Fable Pictures

Suffragette Mulligan and Duff Still- H 2015

Ward’s credits also include upcoming projects 'Stan & Ollie' and Netflix’s 'The Crown.'

Sony Pictures Television has bought a minority stake in Fable Pictures, the new production banner launched by Faye Ward, the British producer behind Suffragette who has seen her star ascend dramatically over the past year.

The deal, announced Monday, will focus on high-end drama series with international appeal, which SPT will distribute globally.

“Faye is one of the U.K.’s most promising and ambitious drama producers, and we can’t wait to help her achieve her vision for Fable Pictures,” said SPT president, international production Andrea Wong, asserting the company is hoping to build on the success it has seen with such TV series as The Crown, The Halcyon, Love Child and The Code.

Ward added that having SPT’s support, knowledge and global expertise invested in Fable’s slate would be a “real boost” to the new company.

“This deal will enable us to focus on what we do best, and pour our energy into developing a number of new projects with talent we are incredibly excited about,” she said.

Fable Pictures' ambitious first slate of films includes upcoming drama Stan & Ollie, which was one of the hot titles at last month's European Film Market in Berlin, where eOne came aboard as a co-producer alongside BBC Films and took distribution rights in its territories. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly and being directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth) from a script by Jeff Pope (Philomena), the film follows famed comedians Laurel and Hardy as they tour the U.K. in the autumn days of their careers. Fable also has the drama Country Music, in which Karen Gillen is lined up to star.

Ward’s previous credits prior to setting up Fable, where she is creative director alongside managing director Eugenio Perez, include Meryl Streep-starrer Suffragette and episodes of The Crown, Netflix’s big-budget series with Left Bank Pictures which chronicles Queen Elizabeth’s time on the British throne.