Amcomri Media Group (Amcomri) has announced the launch of a new distribution company, Abacus Media Rights Limited (AMR) in partnership with Jonathan Ford, formerly Head of Sales at Kew Media Distribution, who will lead the business as Managing Director.
Amcomri, whose other entertainment investments include 101 Films, 101 International and Hollywood Classics, has provided Abacus Media Rights with a substantial funding line to support the initial rights acquisitions. Paul McGowan, Chairman of Amcomri, will chair the board of AMR which will also include Jonathan Ford, Larry Howard (Director, Amcomri) and Andy Lyon (Managing Director, 101 Films).
Abacus will initially focus on distributing documentary features and series as well as non-scripted and drama series. The company has already acquired the rights to a strong roster of shows to represent on the international markets including Emmy® award-winning producer Dan Reed’s projects Superbug and Liberty City; Essential Media’s This Could Go Anywhere and Rhys Darby Big in Japan as well as documentary features People You May Know from BiFrost Media, Ronnie’s, a Goldfinch Production and Nike’s Big Bet from Cream Productions.
Abacus has also recruited Anton Romalijski (Director of Sales), Lesley Whittock (Director of Marketing & Acquisitions) and Claire Hoskin (Director of Business Affairs) to join the team.
Paul McGowan, Chairman, Amcomri comments “Having fostered close producer and sales partnerships over decades, Jonathan is absolutely the right person to penetrate the international TV market with Abacus, and I am confident the company is already strongly positioned to acquire and deliver high-quality, multi-genre slates of programming, which will be made available to audiences worldwide.”
Jonathan Ford, Managing Director, AMR said, “This is a competitive industry, and we wanted to set up a company which is streamlined and innovative, an open and fully transparent organisation. With a respected, experienced team working alongside me, and the backing of Amcomri, we are looking forward to working with great production companies, building strong partnerships and launching into the television market with some essential viewing. Our focus will not just be distribution but also working with production partners to get titles pre-sold and set up with financing.”
About ABACUS MEDIA RIGHTS LIMITED
Abacus Media Rights (AMR) acquires and distributes high-quality, multi-genre programming for the global market alongside working with producers to get programming pre-sold and set up with financing to successfully receive commissions. Embracing a fully transparent reporting ethos, the company will focus on building strong client relationships to generate positive solutions for producers and acquisitions teams from which to deliver diverse scripted and non-scripted entertainment that counts.
About AMCOMRI MEDIA GROUP LIMITED
Amcomri Media Group has been investing in the production, sale and distribution of media content for a number of years having acquired a majority interest in movie distribution business 101 Films in 2016. That transaction was followed by the acquisition of the business and assets of Metrodome and the re-establishment of Hollywood Classics International which represents the major Hollywood studios around the world. Amcomri also acquired Palisades Tartan and, in 2017 established Amcomri Film Partners which has provided funding for productions including “Rabid”, “She Never Died”, “Redacted” and “Disturbing the Peace”]. Further details at www.amcomrimedia.com