BBC Studios has acquired a stake in Moonage Pictures, the UK production company founded by some of the team behind Peaky Blinders.

The commercial arm of the British public broadcaster has taken a minority stake in the business, established by veteran Tiger Aspect exec Will Gould, former BBC Drama Commissioner Matthew Read and Tiger Drama’s Frith Tiplady.

The indie production company was launched earlier this year to produce writer-led programming. In January, it scored its first commission, Sean Bean and Malachi Kirby-fronted action drama Curfew, for Sky One, which is a co-pro with Tiger Aspect.

It is thought to be one of the first investments by BBC Studios since it was merged with BBC Worldwide in April. The latter has been aggressively acquiring stakes in indies over the last few years.

Moonage Pictures Co-Founder Will Gould said, “We’re super excited to be announcing our partnership with BBC Studios. They have a really good understanding of how we want to work; we’re an independent company that values creativity above all else, working with the best of the best to make dramas with a global ambition. BBC Studios can help us do this and we look forward to the journey ahead with them.”

Helen Jackson, Managing Director, Content Partnerships at BBC Studios, added: “Matthew, Will and Frith embody the brilliance of British drama and to partner a production company with their vision and passion for producing bold, colourful and engaging stories was irresistible. I am confident Moonage Pictures will become a vibrant creative powerhouse in the UK drama market and beyond.  This is exciting news for lovers of British drama across the world.”

Moonage Pictures was advised on the deal by Michael Brader at law firm Wiggin.