Bob & Co, a UK media advisory firm providing guidance, fundraising and investment for creative content owners, announced on June 26 that it is branching out into TV production with the launch of its brand new production company, Duchess Street Productions.

The new production division will specialise in producing high-end original drama and dramatic adaptations, and sees Bob & Co expand on its position as a reputed business advisor for the development of content for film and theatre. Donna Wiffen, former head of Worldwide Drama at FremantleMedia, will act as a consultant for Duchess Street Productions, bringing over 25 years of expertise in drama production to the company having also been Head of Production for Talkback Thames, Endemol and Cliffhanger Productions

Bob Benton, Founder, Bob & Co, said: “The launch of Duchess Street Productions heralds an exciting new direction for the company that reflects our commitment to developing quality creative content with real commercial bite. We are delighted to have Donna Wiffen on board to head-up Duchess Street Productions, initially as a consultant. Her expertise in the TV drama genre, combined with Bob & Co’s experience in developing strong creative content & IP with commercial value, will be instrumental in expanding the company’s catalogue and bringing high-quality dramas to the screen.”

Duchess Street Productions’ first project will be a drama adaptation of Jeffrey Archer’s best-selling series of historical novels, The Clifton Chronicles, to which Duchess Street Productions have acquired the rights. Donna will spearhead the project and consult on development and pre-production.