Ullman going it alone

For Tracey Ullman and Allan McKeown, small is beautiful.

The enterprising pair, partners in TV production as well as life, have decided not to pursue a new TV deal for Ullman after holding informal conversations with Eyemark Entertainment and other suitors (Daily Variety, July 15).

Instead, McKeown says they’re focused on producing 10 new episodes of Ullman’s much-praised HBO comedy series, “Tracey Takes On …,” which garnered eight Emmy bids last week. More than just a showcase for Ullman’s multifaceted comedy, the series is truly their baby.

The couple’s Takes On Prods. has independently financed the production of 20 episodes of “Tracey Takes On …,” while Takes On Distribution has sold the show in most of Europe, Canada and Australia and is closing in on a deal in the U.K.

McKeown, the former head of British production company SelecTV, is well aware of how rare it is for an indie concern to call all the shots on production and distribution. Said McKeown: “We just love owning the negatives.”

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