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Quebec’s Attraction Media buys CMJ Productions

Quebec’s Attraction Media has acquired factual producer CMJ Productions. The two Montreal-based companies have been in takeover talks for the past six months, finalizing a deal on Oct. 31 that sees ...
November 2, 2016

Quebec’s Attraction Media has acquired factual producer CMJ Productions.

The two Montreal-based companies have been in takeover talks for the past six months, finalizing a deal on Oct. 31 that sees Attraction buying CMJ for an undisclosed amount.

Founded by Richard Speer (pictured,left) in 2002, Attraction primarily produces French-language scripted television and feature films for the Quebec market. By acquiring CMJ, which has a catalog of more than 550 English-and-French-language factual titles, including Impostors, A Stranger in My Home and Fatal Vows, the company intends to branch out internationally with a mix of scripted and factual fare.

“The future for our company is showcasing Canadian talent internationally,” Attraction president Speer told realscreen. “We’re at a size right now that we need to grow out of our local position. There’s more interesting ways of financing productions internationally.

“It was a logical next step to grow out of Quebec with a local producer that is already working in the international market,” he added.

CMJ Productions’ team will maintain its organizational structure, staff and office space, with founder and president John Kuyk (pictured, right) at the helm, supported by executive VP Judith Beauchemin.

For Kuyk, selling to Attraction was a chance to grow the company in the future while diversifying its portfolio to include scripted programming.

“The industry is changing and we are looking for new ways of producing,” Kuyk said. “We’re continuing to grow our factual slate, but we’ve also been working over the last year to go into the fiction world, which Attraction is very strong in. That will be a big asset for us to bring to the international market.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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