Studio 71 has closed its UK production arm, which is behind shows such as Channel 4’s Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure.
The US business, which is owned by Red Arrow Studios, has reconfigured its UK strategy to focus on its YouTube creators. It monetises content from 28 YouTubers through ad sales and multi-platform distribution, attracting 13 billion monthly views between them.
Studio 71 UK’s output has spanned factual, entertainment and comedy.
As well as C4's Rosie Jones-fronted comedy travelogue, its catalogue includes A+E Networks' Forged in Steele; BBC iPlayer short The Main Part, which has been nominated for a Bafta in the short-form category; BBC3 'Threesome' comedy pilot Fully Blown; and BBC factual commissions Period Dramas and Fashion Conscious.
Director of content Tom Payne has moved to The Connected Set as an executive producer, while UK creative director Jody Smith, who set up the production arm in 2017, has left the company. UK chief executive James Stafford left to join TikTok as head of partnerships and community last November.
Studio 71 has also wound down content production arms in Paris and Milan and UK talent management brand Moxie.