U.K.'s Abbott, Jones parting ways

Duo founded Tightrope Pictures in 2003

LONDON -- Award-winning television scribe Paul Abbott and his longtime producing partner Hilary Bevan Jones are going their separate ways, with Abbott dotting the i's and crossing the t's on a deal to buy Jones out of their Tightrope Pictures banner.

The duo founded Tightrope together in 2003. Abbott now aims to take the company and create Abbott Vision, renaming the Tightrope label Abbott Prods.

Tightrope Pictures has produced more than 25 hours of primetime television including the Emmy award-winning "The Girl in the Cafe," an HBO co-production for the BBC.

Bevan Jones plans to concentrate on film production. Her latest project is Richard Curtis' "The Boat That Rocked" for Working Title Films.

Abbott and Bevan Jones said they hope to return to their successful writer-producer relationship in the future.