NBC Universal Television Int. takes stake in Lark Productions

The London-based studio rewards Louise Clark's expanding production shingle for an earlier development and distribution deal that spawned the CTV/ABC cop drama Motive (pictured).
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NBCUniversal International Television Production has acquired a minority equity stake in Lark Productions, the Canadian producer of ABC’s Motive.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the investment builds on NBCUniversal inking a development deal with former CTV development head Louise Clark when she launched the indie producer in 2010.

NBCU also handled international distribution for several Lark productions, including Motive, a Canadian cop drama developed for CTV and created by Dexter showrunner Daniel Cerone.

Clark left top-rated CTV in 2008 with TV credits like the CBS/CTV cop drama Flashpoint, CTV/NBC’s The Listener and CTV/ABC’s Defying Gravity, and launched Lark with backing from NBCU International TV production president Michael Edelstein.

Edelstein, who unveiled the Lark Productions investment Friday, has brokered new first look and distribution agreement with Clark, who will continue to run the indie producer.

The NBCU investment in the Canadian producer follows other international tie-ups, including with Carnival Films, Monkey Kingdom, Lucky Giant and Chocolate Media in the UK, Matchbox Pictures in Australia, and a joint venture with Working Title Television.

“I look forward to working with Lark in the years to come, and giving their shows the global reach they deserve,” Edelstein said in a statement.

Lark Productions is also looking for a COO, and has just appointed former CTV exec Ed Robinson as an independent director to sit on its board.

Besides Motive, which is in production on a second season, Lark also produced Real Housewives of Vancouver for Shaw Media.