Munich-based Red Arrow Entertainment Group has acquired a majority stake in Building Alaska producer Orion Entertainment.
The move is the latest step in the ProSiebenSat.1-owned company’s ongoing expansion into the U.S. market, where it owns stakes in Karga Seven Pictures, Half Yard Productions, Nerd TV, Kinetic Content, Fabrik Entertainment and Left/Right Productions.
Under the deal, Orion’s formats and series will now be sold globally via Red Arrow International. The Denver-based company will continue to be led by founder Chris Dorsey.
Orion, which will change its name to Dorsey Pictures LLC, was founded in 2000 and has produced more than 1,000 hours in unscripted TV and branded entertainment, including Tiny House, Big Living and Living Big Sky for HGTV, Building Alaska and Treehouse Guys for DIY, as well as content for Discovery, History, Travel Channel, ESPN and National Geographic Channel.
“Chris and his wife Amy along with minority partner Larry Sletten have built a terrific business and we couldn’t be more pleased about the chance to partner,” Red Arrow Entertainment Group CEO Jan Frouman said in a statement. “They are not only uniquely positioned to deliver access to a vibrant target audience, but will also provide us with essential branded entertainment know-how.”