Amcomri Entertainment, Parent Company of Abacus Media Rights, Acquires Flame Media Program Assets for $2.4 Million
Amcomri Entertainment has paid C$3 million ($2.4 million) for the assets of British-Australian factual television distributor Flame Media. The library has approximately 2,200 hours and over 500 titles. Flame will be integrated into Abacus Media Rights, Amcomri’s television sales subsidiary, and its staff will report to Abacus’ chief executive, Jonathan Ford. The deal comes 15 months after the death of Flam founder John Caldon. Flame’s key titles include Outback Truckers and Outback Opal Hunters from Prospero Productions, The Murders of the Moors of MAP TV, and Life in Color with David Attenborough from Humble Bee Films and SeaLight Pictures. Upcoming titles including New Zealand from a train to make movies and Ningaloo with novelist Tim Winton of Artemis Productions. “We have the greatest admiration for the high-quality business and senior management team that Mr. Caldon has built over the past 12 years,” said Robert Price, CEO of Amcomri. “This acquisition, perfectly aligned with our strategy of growth by acquisition and construction, reinforces our global offer in the markets of distribution of factual and documentary television content and libraries, building on the remarkable success we have enjoyed in these sectors through our subsidiary Abacus Media Rights.”
Film Partnership Reaches TV/SVoD Deal For Max Newsom Feature ‘Iceland Is The Best’
EXCLUSIVE: UK film distributor DC Releasing has signed a deal with The Movie Partnership for all digital and television rights to Iceland is the best, an original screenplay feature film written and directed by Max Newsom. With newcomer Kristin Sophusdottir, Judd Nelson (breakfast club) and Tom Maden (13 reasons why), the production No Reservations follows Sigga as she dreams of leaving Iceland and moving to California, only to meet a handsome stranger who might change her mind. Tom Prior (Bird of Fire), Alfrun Laufeyjardottir and Helena Mattsson (iron man 2) also star. The Movie Partnership will release the film in the UK on June 27 via SVoD platforms. Samahoma Media Advisors negotiated funding for the release with Insight Media Fund. Canoe Films owns the international rights, striking deals with Gravitas in the US, Sam Films in Iceland, Phoenix in the Middle East and SC Movies in Australia and New Zealand.
BBC Studios Comedy Productions appoints in-house creative director
BBC Studios Comedy Productions has appointed Richard Morris as Creative Director of Audio Comedy. He succeeds Julia McKenzie, who was appointed Radio 4’s editor-in-chief for comedy and entertainment at the end of April. Reporting to BBC Studios Comedy Director Josh Cole, Morris will oversee all BBC Studios audio programming, which includes flagship Radio 4 themed shows such as The Now Show, the news quiz and Dead Ringers. He will also oversee the year-long Comedy Contract Writers program, whose alumni include Guy Jenkin (Outnumbered), Simon Blackwell and Georgia Pritchett (The thickness of it, Veep), Laure Major (Famalam and Joe Lycett gets his own back) and BBC Studios Comedy Productions screenwriter Andy Wolton Trying for Apple TV+.
MContent commissions Metaverse dating format from MGM-owned Concept Street
MContent, which claims to be the industry’s first tokenized content production and distribution ecosystem, commissioned a series of encounters from Concept Street, the MGM-owned producer. Game of Love: Dating in the Metaverse is billed as the first reality TV series to take place in both a personalized virtual world and a real-world physical location. It’s based on real-life love stories and sees singles go on virtual blind dates through the comfort of their metaverse avatars before choosing a partner they’ll meet in real life. The show is currently in production and will debut on the MContent web and app platform and in the MContent Cineverse, a virtual theater in the metaverse, later this year. The format is purchased internationally.