Canadian company Amcomri Entertainment Inc. has acquired Australian/British documentary and factual distributor Flame Media.
Flame Media was established in 2010 by the late John Caldon and creative director Lyndey Milan, and boasts approximately 2,200 hours and over 500 high-end factual titles in its library.
Key distributor titles include Prospero Productions Outback Truckers and Outback Opal HuntersMAP TV The Murders of the Moors and Humble Bee Films/SeaLight Pictures’ Life in color with David Attenborough. New titles in production including New Zealand from a train making movies and Ningaloo with Tim Winton by Artemis Media.
As part of the acquisition, Flame will be operated by Amcomri’s content distribution business Abacus Media Rights (AMR) and the team will report to AMR’s chief executive, Jonathan Ford. Key Flame Media personnel will continue to work within AMR.
The transaction closed approximately 15 months after Flame Media CEO Caldron passed away in early 2021.
AMR’s library of scripted and unscripted content includes Sor of, Vikings: The Rise and Fall, Four Hours on Capitol Hill, Missing Children, Meet Joan Collins, Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell, The Masked Singer and Evolve.
“We have the greatest admiration for the high-quality business and senior management team that Mr. Caldon has assembled over the past 12 years,” said Amcomri CEO Robert Price.
“This acquisition, perfectly aligned with our strategy of growth by acquisition and construction, reinforces our global 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.”
Fiona Gilroy, Director of Sales and Content Acquisitions for Flame Media, added, “Abacus has a very similar philosophy to Flame and truly 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 to help put together financing plans for new productions. With the support of Amcomri Entertainment Group, they are well placed to do so.