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Banijay Rights, Firecrest Films secure first-look deal

Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group, has penned a first-look partnership with Glasgow-based television prodco Firecrest Films. Under terms of the deal, Banijay Rights will receive exclusive early ...
January 30, 2020

Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group, has penned a first-look partnership with Glasgow-based television prodco Firecrest Films.

Under terms of the deal, Banijay Rights will receive exclusive early access to Firecrest’s factual content, including new documentaries, factual television series and features.

Included in the Banijay Rights catalog will be Firecrest’s critically-acclaimed legal documentary, Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming (2 x 60 minutes; pictured) for BBC Scotland and BBC2.

Other factual projects included in the library are Murder Case (2 x 60 minutes; BBC1 Scotland and BBC2), which has been recommissioned for an additional 3 x 60-minure season; and The Secret Life of the Museum (4 x 60 minutes; BBC Scotland), which is currently in production and follows nine children as they visit different museums. The Secret Life of the Museum will be available from Banijay Rights as a format or finished program.

Firecrest Films was launched by Nicole Kleeman in 2008 and has expanded rapidly since taking a minority investment from the Channel 4 Growth Fund in 2017. The investment enabled the company to expand its creative team and diversify by adding high-end documentary and factual formats to its catalog.

“We have long-admired Firecrest Films. Its factual series and documentaries have not only made a huge impact on screen but have resonated in the wider media as well – just going to show the power behind the stories that they choose to tell,” said Andreas Lemos, VP of acquisitions, copros and North America sales at Banijay Rights, in a statement. “We cannot wait to introduce Firecrest’s work to the international market, who we know are waiting in anticipation.”

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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