Halifax-based entertainment company Salter Street Films (Lexx, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) has acquired the Michael Maclear library of documentary films and series. With the acquisition of the library, Salter Street has also been granted first negotiation rights on future Maclear television productions.
Salter Street’s president and COO Catherine Tait says the company had been in discussions with Maclear regarding the library for six months before closing the deal at the beginning of October, just in time for Salter Street to represent Maclear’s docs at MIPCOM.
Tait says the Maclear library acquisition represents the direction in which Salter Street is moving. ‘For us, the acquisition is part of a strategy to build our distribution business and to build the business in terms of programs that we believe have a long term library value,’ says Tait.
Some of the Maclear titles now at Salter Street’s disposal include the 13-part doc series Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War, the 2 x 60-minute Acts of War, and 52 hours of Flightpath currently airing on the Discovery Channel in Canada. According to Tait, Salter Street and Michael Maclear are in discussions on a number of new projects.