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Cineflix Media acquires Coroner producer Back Alley Films

The deal will see Cineflix absorb the Toronto prodco's operations and assets, including its content library, as co-founders Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman move on to new opportunities.
April 1, 2022

Cineflix Media has acquired Coroner and Bomb Girls production company Back Alley Film Productions.

The deal includes the Toronto-based prodco’s entire library content, with Cineflix absorbing Back Alley Films’ operations and assets.

Back Alley Films co-founders Adrienne Mitchell and Janis Lundman will not join Cineflix Media as part of the acquisition. Lundman will transition to the role of consultant while Mitchell has launched a new production company titled BentFrame Film & TV, which will develop female-driven series and films.

Back Alley Films has co-produced the CBC crime procedural Coroner with Cineflix Studios and Muse Entertainment for the last four seasons. The new deal sees Cineflix acquire Back Alley Films’ stake in the series. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Other titles included in the Back Alley Films library are the Anna Paquin-led mystery Bellevue, Second World War drama Bomb Girls and the crime drama Durham County.

Back Alley Films was founded by Lundman and Mitchell more than 25 years ago, producing the documentary feature Talk 16 in the early ’90s, which involved interviews with hundreds of teen girls in Toronto. That was followed three years later with Talk 19. The company moved on to drama series with Straight Up starringĀ Sarah Polley, earning two Gemini Awards, followed by Drop the Beat and Bliss. Their award-winning series Durham County premiered in 2007.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with amazing creatives and network executives over the past three decades and I’m incredibly proud of all the shows Back Alley Films has produced,” said Lundman in a statement. “I can’t think of a better company than Cineflix to take the reins and shepherd in new possibilities for the Back Alley IP – there are plenty of exciting opportunities ahead for us all.”

“I am incredibly proud of the body of work that came from my partnership with Janis Lundman under the Back Alley Films banner,” added Mitchell. “Our goals were to push creative boundaries and tell diverse and authentic stories, making for thought-provoking and compelling film and television. I am thrilled that Cineflix Media, an industry powerhouse, has acquired our library and I feel they are the perfect fit to represent our stories for the global marketplace.”

Both Back Alley Films and BentFrame Film & TV are represented by Great North Artists Management.

By Kelly Townsend, Playback Daily

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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