Newen, a production and distribution subsidiary of the TF1 group, has taken a majority stake in the production company Flare Film.
The Berlin-based Flare Film has developed and produced feature fiction and documentary films since 2008 and established its series unit, Flare Entertainment, in 2020 to strengthen its footprint in the series market. Flare’s first high-scale series, Paradiso recently wrapped for Sky.
Flare owner and founder Martin Heisler will continue to run the company while retaining a significant stake in it. The goal of Flare’s partnership with Newen is to continue Flare’s growth by bringing together new talent, following Newen’s success in the UK.
The acquisition continues Newen’s international expansion, as the group now has a presence in the main European markets. Other recent acquisitions for Newen include Tuvalu and Pupkin (Netherlands), Nimbus (Denmark), De Mensen (Belgium), Reel One (Canada, US, UK), Ringside, Fictionhouse, Slate Entertainment, Further South Productions (UK) and iZen (Spain).
“This is an important step for the group, because European ambition necessarily includes the German market, the most important one in Europe,” said Romain Bessi, Newen’s managing director, in a news release.
“We are looking forward to work with Martin Heisler and his teams, not only because they are talented but also because our common desires and values guarantee great ambitions. We will do everything to support them in creating and enhancing attractive content to viewers all around the world.”
Philippe Levasseur, Newen’s head of international, added that Flare is an ideal partner for Newen, being a creative team that’s eager to collaborate beyond its borders, and ambitious in several genres.
“The film and TV market has never been as exciting as it is right now and becoming part of the Newen family is an important step for us to play a bigger role in the German market as well as in international co-productions,” said Martin Heisler, Flare president and CEO, in a news release.
“At the same time, we will remain a trustworthy partner for the creative talents and all our collaborators and will continue to follow our vision: to produce exciting, high-quality and relevant content.”