The investment has been made through Channel 4’s Growth Fund, which aims to nurture the British independent production sector. The £20 million ($31.3 million) fund was launched at the beginning of the year. Channel 4 also has taken minority stakes in U.K.-based indies Arrow Media, Lightbox, Popkorn and True North.
Eleven Film was founded in 2006 by Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson, who have directed and produced a range of drama series, comedy and documentaries for the U.K. networks. Its credits include “Cast Offs” (Channel 4), “Candid Cameron” (BBC One), “Rick and Peter” (Channel 4), “Playhouse Presents: Mr Understood” (Sky Arts), “My Breasts Could Kill Me” (Sky 1), and most recently the eight-part drama series “Glue” (E4).
Eleven Film is filming a three-part drama for Sky Living called “The Enfield Haunting,” starring Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson. The company has a number of shows in development with Sky, the BBC and Channel 4, as well as “Nazareth,” which tells the story of the teenage Jesus.
David Abraham, chief executive of Channel 4, said: “Eleven Film perfectly represent the ambition of the Channel 4 Growth Fund, to help incredibly talented and creative British companies develop and grow their businesses and achieve their ambitions.
“Jamie and Joel are young, dynamic TV executives who have worked themselves up from grassroots level to establish a multi-genre production company. We hope through our investment we can help them increase their stronghold in the U.K. and U.S., particularly in the competitive drama arena.”
Laura Franses, head of fund at Channel 4, said: “They’re our first drama indie and while a young company, they have incredible maturity and depth of creative vision, coupled with a strong strategic direction.”