Tinopolis Group makes Passion play

Welsh superindie Tinopolis, which acquired A. Smith & Co and Base Productions in 2011, has now added London's Passion Distribution to its stable of companies. (Pictured: Passion CEO Sally Miles)
December 3, 2012

Welsh superindie Tinopolis, which acquired A. Smith & Co and Base Productions in 2011, has now added London-based Passion Distribution to its stable of companies.

The financial details were not disclosed.

Sally Miles (pictured), who launched Passion Distribution in 2008, will continue as the head of the distribution company under the new arrangement.

Tinopolis, which also owns Mentorn, Pioneer Productions, and Daybreak Pictures, will have access to Passion’s catalog of programming from Scripps Networks, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, World of Wonder and Sundance Channel among others.

Passion will inherit Tinopolis’ existing distribution arm, Mentorn International (MINT) with its catalog of over 2,500 hours of content, as well as its formats and sales staff.

“Tinopolis’s strategy is to develop and grow as a group that is successful creatively and financially with a strong international reach,” said Ron Jones, executive chairman of Tinopolis, in a statement. “With over 40% of our business now outside the UK, we needed a distribution business that could match this and in Sally and her team we have found our ideal partners.”

“We are very excited to be joining a dynamic and fast growing group that will provide us with additional investment, financing for our third-party relationships and the opportunity to work with a very talented and respected team of people,” added Miles.

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