Television executive and former Cineflix Productions president Charles Tremayne (pictured) has launched First Story Productions, his new company in partnership with Cineflix Media. Based out of New York, Tremayne will lead the company with Caroline Grist as development executive.
First Story Productions will develop and produce premium factual and scripted content based on true stories, along with TV movies for global audiences. Tremayne has a number of projects set up with networks including Lifetime, National Geographic International, Discovery’s Science, and Syfy.
The partnership gives Cineflix Media the first option to coproduce original content developed by Tremayne under his newly formed banner. The Cineflix Productions team, under the leadership of J.C. Mills, president and commercial director, will provide services and development support on Tremayne’s projects. Cineflix Rights has the exclusive first-look to distribute First Story Productions content internationally.
“I am excited to be partnering with Cineflix Media on the launch of First Story Productions and to be able to focus solely on the projects that I really love—strong, personal true stories that reveal a bigger truth,” Tremayne said in a statement. “There has never been more opportunity to tell these stories, and so many ways to present them to a new generation of viewers.”
The new prodco launch comes a year after Tremayne transitioned from his role as president of Cineflix Productions to the role of chair of the Cineflix Content Group, a working alliance of its producers and creatives, which he will continue to hold while building First Story Productions.
During his tenure at Cineflix Productions, Tremayne oversaw many long-running global franchises including American Pickers and Mayday: Air Disaster; documentaries such as Sinking Cities and The Quest for Gold, and true crime investigations including The Clown and the Candyman, The Eleven, and Children of the Snow. Prior to Cineflix, Tremayne served as an Emmy Award-winning executive producer in charge of RDF’s East Coast production base that produced Wife Swap for ABC. Previously, he was at ITV, where he served as executive producer of World in Action and co-created the long-running First 48 for A&E.
For Cineflix Productions, Caroline Grist was instrumental in the development of the investigative crime series The Clown and the Candyman, Children of the Snow, and The Eleven, as well as the global franchise Homicide: Hours to Kill, now in its third season.