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Jamie Brown buys back Frantic Films from Kew

Another company that was part of Kew Media Group (KMG) is departing from the portfolio. Jamie Brown, CEO of Winnipeg-headquartered Frantic Films, is buying back the company from KMG, having personally ...
February 28, 2020

Another company that was part of Kew Media Group (KMG) is departing from the portfolio.

Jamie Brown, CEO of Winnipeg-headquartered Frantic Films, is buying back the company from KMG, having personally financed a deal to repurchase a 100% stake in the Backyard Builds prodco.

Brown will continue to lead the company, and its leadership team, wider staff arrangements and current production schedule will remain unaffected, according to Frantic Films. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Besides the aforementioned HGTV series, other programs in Frantic’s slate include The Stats of Life and Still Standing for CBC and the award-winning comedy show Baroness Von Sketch for CBC and IFC.

“After 20 years of domestic and international production success, this marks the beginning of a new chapter for our company,” said Brown in a statement. “We’re moving forward with an exciting current production and development slate and a new vision for 2020 and beyond.”

Kew acquired Frantic in 2017 for a total consideration of around CDN$7.09 million. At the time, the company also bought four other Canadian production companies: Our House Media, Bristow Global Media, Architect Films and Media Headquarters.

The news marks the latest development in the Kew Media Group story. The company is undergoing a strategic review process but in the meantime, the media group has already sold a number of its subsidiaries, including LA-based prodco Collins Avenue Entertainment. As well, Kew has sold its equity stake in Scotland-based prodco Two Rivers Media and is looking to sell other other production and distribution assets within its portfolio.

(With files from Jordan Pinto)

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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