Independent television and film production company Duck Soup Films is the latest addition to the creative community at The Round Foundry estate in Holbeck, as it has taken up 1,400 sq ft of space in Marshall’s Court.
Earlier this year Fremantle Media, the production giant behind ‘American Gods’ and ‘The Young Pope’, acquired a 25 per cent stake of Duck Soup Films, allowing the young company to expand further and appoint Jackie Okwera as Head of Development.
Since they were first established in Tower Works in 2015, the Yorkshire-based indie has built a burgeoning slate of bold, authored, scripted content for TV and film. Currently in the pipeline, the team are working with an eclectic and diverse mix of regional, national and international talent.
Duck Soup Films was founded by producers Libby Durdy, Bekki Wray-Rogers and Jessica Holyland, who were previously responsible for producing and line-producing some of the UK’s best TV drama including the multi BAFTA award winning ‘This is England’ and the International EMMY award winning ‘Utopia’ series’.
Jessica Holyland, director of operations and Finance at Duck Soup, said: “We love being part of Leeds’s most creative community at the Round Foundry, so we were pleased to be able to move into a new space just across the road from our old studio at Tower Works. There’s a buzzing atmosphere in the area and we hope to be here for many years.”
The deal was completed by Creative Space Management, acting as joint agent with Knight Frank.
Paul Taylor, director of Creative Space Management, said: “It’s fantastic that the Round Foundry area is still proving to be such an attraction to SMEs.
“Duck Soup Films are joining a community of thriving creative businesses, and hopefully in the coming years we will see them replicate the success of their TV production neighbours True North TV, who are the biggest factual independent outside London.
“The flexible range of office spaces available at Marshall’s Mill and the Round Foundry has allowed Duck Soup to expand within the area whilst remaining on the estate; showing that this is a community for the long-term.”