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Jeff Collins exits Kew-owned Collins Avenue Entertainment

The founder and president of the L.A.-based prodco departs as Kew continues a strategic review to assess its options.
January 10, 2020

Jeff Collins, founder and president of Kew Media-owned U.S. prodco Collins Avenue Entertainment, has departed the company.

Los Angeles-based Collins Avenue is behind TV projects such as Lifetime’s Dance Moms, TLC’s My Crazy Birth Story and FYI’s Stove Tots. The news was first reported by Deadline.

Collins Avenue is a subsidiary of Kew Media Distribution, the London- and LA-based sales arm formerly known as Content Media Corporation (CMC). The prodco came under Kew’s ownership when Kew acquired five Canadian production companies and CMC three years ago.

Collins’ departure comes as Kew undertakes a strategic review, first announced last month, to assess a number of options including the sale of all or part of the company. Realscreen sister publication Playback has heard that private equity investors are most likely to pick up parts of the Kew Media business, though the publicly traded company has not provided an update on the review’s status since Dec. 11.

News of the review came three weeks after Kew reported that its revenues had fallen 5.3% to $47.5 million in Q3. Kew said the revenue downturn was due to the cancellation of Texas Flip N Move, produced by its Australia-based prodco Essential Media. In the time since, Kew’s share price has fallen from around $5.90 (in mid-November) to 76 cents at press time.

Collins is the third company head to leave one of Kew’s subsidiaries in recent months, after Essential Media co-founder and CEO Chris Hilton exited in late November and Bristow Global Media’s president and CEO Julie Bristow left her post earlier that month.

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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