Canadian film and television producer/distributor Amcomri Entertainment has acquired the assets of Australia-headquartered global distributor Flame Media.
Flame Media’s catalog — consisting of approximately 2,200 hours and more than 500 factual programming titles — will be folded into Amcomri’s TV content distribution business, Abacus Media Rights, with the team reporting to Abacus’ managing director, Jonathan Ford.
Key Flame titles include Outback Truckers and Outback Opal Hunters from Prospero Productions, The Moors Murders (pictured) from MAP TV, and Life in Colour with David Attenborough from Humble Bee Films and SeaLight Pictures, with new titles in production including New Zealand from a Train by Making Movies and Ningaloo with Tim Winton by Artemis Productions.
Flame Media founder John Caldon passed away in early 2021 at the age of 73.
“We have the utmost admiration for the high-quality business and senior management team that Mr. Caldon assembled over the previous 12 years,” said Robert Price, CEO of Amcomri, in a statement. “This acquisition, fully aligned with our buy-and-build growth strategy, strengthens our global offering in the factual and documentary TV content distribution and library markets, building on the remarkable success we have enjoyed in those sectors through our subsidiary, Abacus Media Rights.”
According to Abacus Media Rights’ Ford, key staff from Flame Media will “continue to work within Abacus Media Rights to enable a seamless transition and to ensure that buyers and producers alike continue to receive the highest level of service they’ve grown accustomed to at Flame.”
“Abacus have a very similar ethos to Flame and really understand what is needed to be a successful distributor in today’s environment,” said Fiona Gilroy, Flame Media’s content sales and acquisitions director. “They are keen to work with producers at all stages of production as Flame has been and to help bring finance plans together for new productions. With support from the Amcomri Entertainment Group, they are well placed to do this.”