Former veteran Apple executives Sebastien Janin and Andy Docherty have teamed up with ex-Warner Bros. exec Chris Law to spearhead the new production outfit Media Musketeers.
The European venture will develop and finance the packaging of premium television and feature films. With an established footprint in the UK, Netherlands and France, Media Musketeers will focus its initial investment in a raft of scripted television programs, with an eye of expanding into the factual space. “Scripted projects have been our initial primary focus, but factual will definitely offer opportunities for us to explore,” said managing partner Docherty (pictured, left) in a statement to Realscreen.
The production company will support the international distribution of its projects by helping broadcasters compete for high budget projects, in addition to backing the production community.
“Our shared mindset, experience and contacts across both the media and tech sectors, ideally position us to exploit opportunities that have been brought about by digital technology, shifts in consumer behaviour, and their convergence within an established industry unable to respond easily to radical change,” Docherty added. “Through our innovative business model, we aim to serve and reward creative talent around the world.”
“The company is positioned from the outset as a truly international venture, with local partnerships and presence in key markets,” added Janin (right), also a managing partner. “Given this perspective and the significance of the UK market as a creative production hub, with a vibrant independent sector, we are in talks with a potential partner who will act as our local eyes and ears, informing and representing the venture’s interests.”
In the coming months, Media Musketeers is expected to announce a number of financial and third-party partnerships deals, and a slate of development projects.