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Extra: Red Rock Films expands team; AMR sales for “Killing Escobar”

Red Rock Films promotions and hires Wildlife content producer Red Rock Films has promoted Sari Wiener senior vice president of production and operations, and Kevin Krug has been elevated to director ...
November 17, 2021

Red Rock Films promotions and hires

Wildlife content producer Red Rock Films has promoted Sari Wiener senior vice president of production and operations, and Kevin Krug has been elevated to director of operations.

Both Wiener (pictured) and Krug are production veterans and longtime Red Rock team members. They’re taking on leadership roles following the company’s recent Emmy win for outstanding documentary or nonfiction series for Secrets of the Whales on Disney+. The company also has projects on Netflix, National Geographic and Discovery.

The prodco is also expanding its operations to welcome Matt Conrad as post production manager and Mary McMullen as director of finance. The team reports to Brian Armstrong, president of Red Rock Films.

“Brilliant storytelling can’t happen without an amazing team. Sari and Kevin bring a resilient work ethic, attention to detail, and steadfast presence that have been integral to the company’s success, especially during our biggest year ever,” said Armstrong in a statement. “We are also excited to welcome Matt and Mary to the team. As we gear up for an expanded filmmaking portfolio, their impressive experience and skills will help drive Red Rock’s trajectory forward.”

Raft of Abacus Media Rights sales for Killing Escobar doc

Abacus Media Rights (AMR), part of the Amcomri Media Group, has announced a number of sales for the feature documentary Killing Escobar from producers Two Rivers Media and Salon Pictures.

The 90-minute theatrical film is directed by award-winning filmmaker David Whitney and executive produced by Alan Clements and Mick McAvoy for Two Rivers Media and Nick Taussig for Salon Pictures.

Killing Escobar has been sold to Radio Canada (Canada); Discovery (Italy); RTL Deutschland (Germany, Austria & Switzerland); NRK (Norway); SVT (Sweden); CANAL+ (Poland); Channel 8 (Israel); TV+ (Turkey); NOS (Portugal); OSN (Middle East); Foxtel (Australia); Rialto Channel (New Zealand); Now TV (Hong Kong); DR (Denmark); National Geographic (The Netherlands); VRT (Flemish Belgium); BritBox (UK); DIRECTV (Latin America, exclusively on the OnDIRECTV channel); DIRECTV GO (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay); and Sundance Now (UK/Ireland).

Killing Escobar was commissioned by BBC Scotland and received major production investment from AMR and Screen Scotland, and had its world premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival earlier this year. It tells the story of Scottish mercenary and ex-SAS operative Peter McAleese, who was hired by a Colombian drug cartel in 1989 to lead a small team of commandos to assassinate drug baron Pablo Escobar.

“The extraordinary international success of Killing Escobar is proof that factual documentaries that combine dramatic storytelling with unique and compelling characters will always have global appeal. Two Rivers Media are extremely proud of the film and are building on its success by producing more landmark documentaries that put story and character at their heart,” said Two Rivers’ McAvoy in a release.

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