EXCLUSIVE: John Bishop, the British comedian and soon to be star of Doctor Who, is closing his production company Lola Entertainment after nine years.
Lola Entertainment has been the vehicle through which Bishop produced a number of his own projects, including BBC One The John Bishop Show, UKTV’s John Bishop: In conversation with …and ITV John Bishops Ireland.
The company has also co-produced scripted shows, including the BBC’s BAFTA-winning series. Detectorists, with Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones, and the Worzel Gummidge series of promotions for BBC One.
Bishop and his Lola co-manager, Agent Lisa Thomas, voluntarily wind up the company. Creditors have been asked to present proof of their debts by January 11 if they need it. The liquidation is supervised by the accounting firm Cowgills.
According to Lola’s most recent accounts for the year ending November 2019, the company owed its creditors £ 61,429 ($ 84,145). It had capital and reserves of £ 1.26m ($ 1.73m) and did not employ a single permanent staff member during the year.
Lola’s shutdown marks some eventful weeks for Bishop. The comedian announced that he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus on Christmas Day, revealing the virus to be the “worst illness I have ever had”. Bishop was also unveiled as the new star of Doctor Who during the weekend.
Thomas, who represents Bishop, did not respond to repeated requests for comment from Deadline.