Canadian company Amcomri Entertainment belatedly announced that it had acquired the assets of Australia and UK-based Flame Media, a distributor and library owner of factual and documentary television content.
Flame Media has approximately 2,200 hours and over 500 titles of premium factual programming in its library. Its major library titles include: “Outback Truckers” and “Outback Opal Hunters” from Prospero Productions; “The Murders of the Moors” from MAP TV; and “Life in Color with David Attenborough,” from Humble Bee Films and SeaLight Pictures.
The transaction closed approximately 15 months after the death of Flame Media founder and CEO John Caldon.
The addition of Flame increases Amcomri’s TV library offering to 4,750 hours of programming. It will be operated by Amcomri’s television content distribution business, Abacus Media Rights (AMR), which will report to AMR’s chief executive, Jonathan Ford. Other Amcomri Group companies include 101 Films, 101 Films International, Hollywood Classics International, Amcomri Productions, Appreciated Media Global and Amcomri Productions.
“This acquisition, perfectly aligned with our strategy of growth by acquisition and construction, reinforces our overall offer in the markets of distribution of factual and documentary television content and libraries, building on the remarkable success we have enjoyed in these sectors through our subsidiary Abacus Media Rights,” said Robert Price, CEO of Amcomri.
“Key Flame Media personnel will continue to work within Abacus Media Rights to enable a seamless transition and ensure buyers and producers continue to receive the highest level of service they have come to expect from Flame,” said Ford.
“Abacus has a very similar philosophy to Flame and really understands what it takes to be a successful distributor in today’s environment. They are keen to work with producers at all stages of production as Flame has been and help put together financing plans for new productions,” said Fiona Gilroy, Director of Content Sales and Acquisitions. by Flame Media. New Flame titles in production include: ‘New Zealand from a Train’, from Making Movies and ‘Ningaloo with Tim Winton’, from Artemis Productions.