Flame Media bolsters global footprint with German office launch
International media organization Flame Media Group has expanded its global production and distribution footprint with the opening of an office in Germany.
Based in Munich, the division will be led by former ProSiebenSat.1 executives Christian Böhler (pictured, left) as CEO and managing director, and Thorsten Lork (right), who serves as SVP of development and sales.
The pair will focus on creating factual productions in the German-speaking television and media market, while also driving international copros. The office will also prioritize developing a slate of documentaries, fact-ent and magazines programs.
Flame Media GmbH has already secured commissions from the German news channel Welt and is currently developing projects for ARTE, BBC, Channel 4, Kabel Eins, National Geographic Deutschland, RMC Découverte, Servus TV, Super RTL, TV24 and Vox together with selected production partners.
Both Böhler and Lork will be presenting Flame’s latest slate at the forthcoming MIPCOM market in Cannes, France this October.
In addition to the Munich office, Flame currently has bureaus in Sydney, Cardiff, London, Singapore, Greece and Manila, with additional representation in New York, China, Spain, Latin America and Italy.
The business also encompasses the UK-based production arm Wildflame; Flame Productions in Australia; Flame Distribution; and a multi-functional studio facility in Sydney.
DCD Rights extends funding support for Producer Support Initiative
UK indie distributor DCD Rights has secured production financing for new series by extending its Producer Support Initiative.
The initiative offers indie productions highly experienced commercial and market-sensitive editorial management to help raise finance, and enable factual series to be greenlit and produced for international platforms and broadcasters.
DCD Rights has helped fund 55 hours of content through the funding model thus far.
The company has now delivered finance for four new series, totaling an additional 45 hours, which will be available at MIPCOM. Disasters Engineered (10 x 60 minutes), produced by SWR Media, Intermission Film and DCD Rights, in association with Dash Pictures for Discovery UK; 10 Steps To Murder (10 x 60 minutes), produced by FirstLookTV for DCD Rights and Quest Red; The Day My Job Tried To Kill Me (13 x 60 minutes), produced by Farpoint Films; and Wildest Places (12 x 60 minutes), produced by WildBear Entertainment.
“Through our Producer Support Initiative we work with producers to help to secure the necessary budget to get these shows made. Leaving the creatives to create, we provide editorial support and guidance that uses our long-held international experience and contacts to determine which series will work and then source the funding — be it soft money through subsidies or tax breaks, or through independent investors and then seeking partnerships with broadcasters,” said DCD CEO Nicky Davies Williams in a statement. “It’s a great formula and one we intend to continue to expand in the coming months.”
Banijay Rights, Proper Content ink first-look development pact
Paris-based Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of global creator Banijay Group, has entered a multi-year, first-look development deal with UK indie Proper Content.
The first three titles to spring from the agreement include the feature-length documentary Suicide: In Our Own Words, about the male mental health crisis through the eyes of six suicidal men; and the 30-minute film How You Can Help Stop Suicide, which offers support and advice to those struggling with their mental health or concerned about a loved one.
Both are slated to air today (Sept. 10) on Viacom-owned British net Channel 5.
For British pubcaster Channel 4, the tentatively titled 2 x 60-minute series The School That Tried To End Racism explores a school’s program that tests for unconscious racial bias in a class of 11 to 12-year-old pupils.