Kinetic, Calamari strike first-look copro deal

The two companies have teamed up on Parole, billed as an "unprecedented" look inside the juvenile parole system.
January 26, 2012

Los Angeles-based Kinetic Content and Indianapolis-based Calamari Productions have struck a first-look, coproduction arrangement to develop new projects.

The first joint effort to result from the deal is Parole, a non-fiction series that profiles young people going through the juvenile parole process – a world typically closed off to the public and media. Both companies will pitch Parole at the forthcoming Realscreen Summit.

Calamari, which specializes in child welfare and juvenile justice programming, is one of the only television production company in the United States with Supreme Court access in several states to film inside America’s child welfare and juvenile courts, juvenile detention centers, and juvenile prisons.

“Over the past 14 years, Calamari has earned the trust of the juvenile justice system and its participants, and produced amazing, award-winning documentary films,” Kinetic CEO Chris Coelen said in a statement. “We are honored to be able to work with Karen, Chip and the team at Calamari to help showcase their efforts on a wider platform.”

“The work we do at Calamari is extremely sensitive and demands the highest level of integrity,” Calamari founder and CEO Karen Grau said. “There is no one we trust more than Chris and the team at Kinetic to bring such principled experience to our projects together. We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce this collaboration.”

Calamari VP of development Chip Warren and Kinetic exec producer in charge of development Emma Conway will work with Coelen and Grau to spearhead development on several additional programs.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.