Arrested Industries hires distribution execs

Anthony Kimble’s production and distribution start-up adds Judy Levenson and Mette Kanne-Behrendsen.

Arrested Industries has hired former Nat Geo and NENT Studios UK execs Judy Levenson and Mette Kanne-Behrendsen to senior distribution roles.

UK-based Kanne-Behrendsen has joined transatlantic producer-distributor and programming financing firm as senior vice-president of acquisitions, responsible for unscripted content, while Levenson has been made senior vice-president of sales. Based in the US, she will oversee unscripted and scripted content sales in North America.

The move follows the announcement earlier this year that Arrested was expanding its operations to the US to sit alongside its UK headquarters.

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Arrested Industries hires former Discovery & NENT senior execs

UK and US-based production and financing company Arrested Industries has appointed Judy Levenson as SVP of sales and Mette Kanne-Behrendsen as SVP of acquisitions.

The appointments come following the Anthony Kimble and Merrily Ross-led company rebranding from its former name of Fugitive in April ahead of the launch of its US scripted arm.

Based in the US, Levenson will oversee unscripted and scripted content sales in North America. She joins Arrested from Leverage Media, a consulting firm where she served as principal. She has also held content and sales roles at Litton Entertainment, Scott Brothers Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Networks, and Showtime Networks.

UK-based Kanne-Behrendsen, meanwhile, will focus on unscripted content acquisitions and arrives from NENT Studios UK, where she was SVP of acquisitions until it was acquired by All3Media in June. Prior to her nearly five years with NENT, she worked at Off The Fence and before that spent more than a decade at Modern Times Group, latterly as director pay TV channels, where she was responsible for a large portfolio that included the Viasat History, Crime and Nature channel brands.

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UK’s Fugitive rebrands as Arrested Industries, preps new US scripted arm

UK-based production and financing company Fugitive has rebranded to become Arrested Industries, ahead of the launch of a US office this summer.

Fugitive was founded in 2019 by former Cineflix Rights exec Anthony Kimble, who will be re-locating to Los Angeles to run the new venture as CEO of scripted.

Merrily Ross, who joined Fugitive from Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group shortly after its launch in 2019, will become CEO of unscripted, running that side of the business out of the existing London office.

Last month, Fugitive struck a deal with South African entertainment company MultiChoice to become the exclusive distributor for scripted originals made available on its M-Net channel and Showmax SVOD platform, while in November last year, the company linked up with Turkish aggregator Merzigo to acquire programming for AVOD exploitation.

“While I was flying solo when I established Fugitive, I always had ambitions to develop the business rapidly – and these ambitions were turbo-charged when Merrily joined me as a partner,” commented Kimble.

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Fugitive rebrands to Arrested Industries

Fugitive, the content development, financing and distribution business founded by Anthony Kimble in 2019, is rebranding to become Arrested Industries, with the name change effective from next week.

In addition, Arrested Industries (AI) is excited to announce that it will be establishing an office in Los Angeles this summer. Anthony Kimble will be re-locating to America to run the new venture as CEO of scripted. Merrily Ross, who joined Fugitive in 2019, will become CEO of unscripted, running this side of the business out of the existing London base.

Anthony Kimble comments: “While I was flying solo when I established Fugitive, I always had ambitions to develop the business rapidly – and these ambitions were turbo-charged when Merrily joined me as a partner. We now start the next phase in our story as a revitalised Arrested Industries, with focused scripted and unscripted divisions, healthy development slates in each, a growing catalogue of completed shows for distribution, an international sales team in place and new partnership ventures, such as we have with AVoD company Merzigo. Arrested Industries maintains a neat link to the Fugitive name but talks to the more established, broader-based business that we are now – and one that always seeks to put arresting content at its core.”

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Fugitive rebrands as Arrested, sets up U.S. office; Merrily Ross to lead unscripted

UK-based Fugitive is rebranding to Arrested Industries and upping Merrily Ross (pictured left) to CEO of unscripted.

The decision will see Anthony Kimble (right), who founded the indie in 2019, relocate to Los Angeles this summer to run the new venture as CEO of scripted.

Ross, who joined the company in 2019, will operate out of the existing London base. She previously served as EVP of non-scripted content.

Kimble said in a statement: “While I was flying solo when I established Fugitive, I always had ambitions to develop the business rapidly — and these ambitions were turbo-charged when Merrily joined me as a partner. We now start the next phase in our story as a revitalised Arrested Industries, with focused scripted and unscripted divisions, healthy development slates in each, a growing catalogue of completed shows for distribution, an international sales team in place and new partnership ventures.”

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Fugitive rebrands to Arrested Industries

Ahead of establishing a US office, the Fugitive content development, financing and distribution business founded by Anthony Kimble in 2019, is rebranding to become Arrested Industries.

Fugitive was formed in March 2019 after Kimble spent five years as SVP acquisitions and co-productions North America for Cineflix Rights. At its foundation Fugitive drew on Kimble’s experience in programme strategy, co-productions, sales and acquisitions, gained from working in businesses such as National Geographic and Channel 5. It primarily worked with producers, agents, broadcasters and other content platforms to get innovative programming off the ground with a key focus on finding and securing best-fit project partners and financing and additionally working closely with writers and producers at the content development stage across scripted, unscripted and formats.

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Fugitive captures exclusive rights for M-Net, Showmax originals

London-based distributor Fugitive has announced a new partnership with South African entertainment company MultiChoice, becoming the exclusive distributor for the premium, scripted original programming made available on its M-Net channel and Showmax SVOD platform.

M-Net and Showmax have a varied slate of originals in development and production, comprising high-end drama, created by a range of local producers and increasingly co-produced with international broadcasters. The business is expected to deliver a further nine originals in its 2021-22 fiscal year, with even more planned in 2022-23.

In addition to representing completed drama programming, Fugitive will also be working closely with the MultiChoice team to help secure future co-productions and pre-sales from the international marketplace for titles on the expanding originals’ slate. The new relationship begins with Fugitive launching three new drama series, Lioness, Dam and Legacy (pictured), into the international market in time for MIPTV.

Legacy (208 x 30’), produced by Tshedza Pictures for M-Net, is a telenovela set in the fast-lane world of investment billionaires. Silver fox patriarch Sebastian Price is approaching retirement and it’s clear that a family member will soon have to take the reins to the empire. But who will it be? And, at what cost? Lioness (10 x 60’), produced by M-Net, is a crime drama that tells the story of an affluent woman, Samantha, who is framed and sent to prison for a major fraud committed by her husband – who has recently been found dead, the victim of a hijacking. Eight years later she’s released from prison and while fighting tooth and nail to reunite with her children and prove her innocence, she sees her husband on TV, alive.

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Fugitive To Distribute M-Net And Showmax’s South African Originals Slates

The first three premium series “Lioness”, “Dam” and “Legacy” are launching internationally into the international market in time for MIPTV.

Fugitive has entered into a major new partnership with South African entertainment company MultiChoice, becoming the exclusive distributor for the premium, scripted Originals made available on its M-Net channel and Showmax SVOD platform. The new relationship gets underway immediately with Fugitive launching three new drama series, “Lioness”, “Dam” and “Legacy”, into the international market in time for MIPTV.

M-Net and Showmax have a varied slate of Originals in development and production. These comprise high-end drama, created by a range of award-winning local producers and increasingly co-produced with international broadcasters. The business is expected to deliver a further nine Originals in its 2021-22 fiscal year, with even more planned in 2022-23.

Anthony Kimble, Fugitive’s founder comments: “South Africa is a rapidly growing creative hotbed, producing riveting, world-class original drama that the rest of the planet really should be watching. MultiChoice is leading the field, so we are delighted to strike this partnership and take M-Net and Showmax titles out to international audiences hungry for original stories, intriguing backdrops and distinctive, fresh new voices.”

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Fugitives strike South African drama pact

Fugitives strikes South Africa drama pact.

Production and financing company Fugitive has struck a deal with South African entertainment company MultiChoice that will see it becoming the exclusive distributor for scripted originals made available on its M-Net channel and Showmax SVOD platform.

The partnership will see Fugitive launching three new drama series – Lioness, Dam and Legacy – into the international market in time for MIPTV, with MultiChoice prepping a further nine originals for its 2021-22 fiscal year.

Lioness (10 x 60-minutes) is produced by M-Net and picks up on the story of an affluent woman who is framed and sent to prison for a major fraud committed by her husband, who is believed to be dead.

Dam (8 x 60-minutes) is a psychological thriller produced by Picture Tree, while telenovela Legacy (208 x 30-minute) is from Tshedza Pictures and set in the world of investment billionaires.

In addition to representing completed drama programming, Fugitive will also be working with MultiChoice to help secure future co-productions and pre-sales from international buyers.

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Fugitive captures MultiChoice content

UK-based distributor Fugitive has struck a deal with South African entertainment company MultiChoice, under which the former will become the exclusive distributor for the latter’s original scripted series.

MultiChoice operates linear channel M-Net and SVoD platform Showmax, both of which have a slate of originals in development and production. Fugitive is launching three series at this year’s MipTV, with a further nine to be delivered in the 2021-22 financial year.

The first of the initial three series is Lioness, a 10×60’ crime drama produced by M-Net about a woman who is framed and sent to prison for a fraud committed by her husband, who has recently been found dead. Eight years later, she’s released and, while fighting to reunite with her children and prove her innocence, sees her husband on TV, alive.

Dam, meanwhile, is an 8×60’ psychological thriller about a woman who returns from Chile to the Eastern Cape to bury her father, only to be tormented by spirits in the farmhouse she has inherited. But with her mother institutionalised and her own meds running out, she starts to wonder if the spirits are real or just in her head. Dam is produced by Picture Tree.

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