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Peaky Blinders trio launch indie

Two senior execs from Endemol Shine-owned UK prodco Tiger Aspect are launching their own scripted indie with a former BBC drama commissioner.

Frith Tiplady

Will Gould and Frith Tiplady announced they would be leaving the Peaky Blinders producer at the end of last year.

The pair have now launched Moonage Pictures with ex-BBC drama commissioner, producer and writer Matthew Read.

Moonage, named after a David Bowie song, will launch officially in March and is already set to reveal its first commission.

Gould initially joined Tiger Aspect in 2005 as a script editor. He was made executive producer in 2011, head of drama in 2012 and co-MD of Tiger Aspect Drama in 2016. He became joint MD of Tiger Aspect Productions in February last year.

Tiplady is currently chief commercial officer at Tiger Aspect having started there as head of production for drama 12 years ago. She has been joint drama MD at the company for the last three years.

Read was a script editor for United Productions and LWT at the start of his career and joined the BBC in 2007 as an executive producer before moving into commissioning. His BBC slate included Last Tango In Halifax, Murder and Happy Valley, as well as multi-award winner Peaky Blinders, which he worked on with Gould and Tiplady.

Gould said: “I am hugely excited to be teaming up with Matthew and Frith – two of my favourite people in TV – for this new adventure. The past 12 years at Tiger Aspect have been the time of my life, and I am very proud to have been part of the team that built the company’s drama department into the strong division it is today.

“But it’s time to return to my core passion: programme making. Moonage Pictures has been created to ensure that we provide the right creative environment to explore ideas and opportunities without limitation.”

Read added: “Will and I have been collaborating on all kinds of projects since we met at university, so it feels like a logical and exciting progression to team up together on a new creative venture.”





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