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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
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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