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ACF sell CPL Productions to Red Arrow


ACF Investment Bank are pleased to announce that the producers of A League of Their Own and All Star Mr & Mrs, has been acquired by Red Arrow.

ACF acted as Corporate Finance advisors to the management team of CPL Productions. This deal is announced as ACF bolsters its senior deal team, significantly enhancing and broadening its service offering, network and experience.

ACF is an International M&A Advisory boutique specialising in the media and entertainment sector. If you are thinking of selling or buying a TV production company or would like support from any of our growing team of experts, that have both TV production and financial accounting experience, please contact us – we can help you get the optimum value from your IP now and in the future.

For further information or if you would like to arrange a meeting with any of our Directors or Senior Consultants please call us on: +1 424 332 0450 or + 44 (0) 207 467 9600.


CPL Productions (formerly Celador Productions), is a leading UK production company of popular ‘prime time’ TV entertainment formats and acclaimed radio productions. Led by Managing Director Danielle Lux, the company’s programmes include A League Of Their Own hosted by James Corden, Wall of Fame and All Star Mr & Mrs.


Red Arrow, a subsidiary of German media group Prosiebensat, combines a dynamic and growing group of international television production companies with powerful creative partnerships and a leading arm (SevenOne International). Its production companies incluse The MOB Film Company in the UK and recently Fuse – a US production company tha produces high- impact drama series, including USE Network’s Burn Notice (now in its 5th season), FOX’s The Good Guys, and AMC’s new hit series The Killing.


“CPL is one of the few producers of high quality prime time entertainment formats in the UK. Danielle Lux and her team have produced some highly successful formats such as A League Of Their Own and Mr & Mrs. CPL is an excellent addition to Red Arrow which is an exciting and rapidly expanding global group. Red Arrow’s expertise and library of formats compliments the creative flair of the CPL team which will benefit Red Arrow and CPL alike”.

Thomas Dey, Chief Executive Officer, ACF Investment Bank

“The expertise, insight and logic that ACF brought to the negotiating table was invaluable. They immediately understood our priorities and worked with us to create a deal that is tremendously exciting and also safeguards what is most important to us. They were right by our side at every twist and turn of the process, infusing every meeting with positivity and professionalism. They were trusted allies and were always instantly available when we needed them. ACF’s wisdom and foresight, gained from years of experience, enabled us to plot the optimal course for CPL’s future; I cannot recommend them highly enough”.

Danielle Lux, Managing Director (CPL)