Catalyst, Warner ink deal for music docs, biopics

London-based film financier Catalyst Global Media is teaming with Warner Music to develop, produce and distribute biopics and feature documentaries based on the label's artist roster.
August 7, 2015

Warner Music is searching for the next Sugarman.

London-based film financing and production company Catalyst Global Media has extended a partnership with the record label group to develop a slate of biopics and feature docs based on its artist roster.

Although the companies did not give specifics of the deal, it will last multiple years and cover multiple projects involving “some of the most iconic artists of all time,” according to a statement. Catalyst will develop and finance the projects and oversee international distribution.

Catalyst co-founder and music division president Al Hardiman and CEO Charlotte Walls will work with Warner’s SVP of synchronization, Europe Rich Robinson and senior synchronization manager Jen Moss to source artists with stories worthy of the big-screen treatment.

“This co-venture, born out of successful collaborations to date, is a great opportunity for Catalyst and Warner to seek out some brilliant stories from much loved artists,” said Walls. “You never know, we might help uncover the next Searching for Sugarman or a poignant love story in the way that Walk The Line brought to audiences new and existing.”

The first productions are expected to start next year.

The two companies previously worked together on the Netflix sci-fi thriller Residue.

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