Cineflix Media’s COO Andrew Akman is stepping down from his role to launch a new Canadian production firm backed by the company, with Coroner creator Morwyn Brebner also onboard.
Husk Media, which is based out of Toronto, will develop and produce programming for broadcasters and streamers worldwide, with Brebner leading creative efforts and Akman heading up commercial affairs.
The prodco will focus on projects created by Brebner, but will also work on projects in partnership with emerging and established writers and showrunners.
First-look & support
Cineflix is providing start-up financing and operating support, and has also taken a first-look to distribute the shingle’s content internationally. The new production company joins Cineflix’s growing joint-venture line-up, which also includes Mirage producer Connect3 Media and Marcella producer Buccaneer Media.
Brebner has been behind numerous dramas including Coroner for CBC and The CW Network, which Cineflix Media’s sales arm distributes globally. She has also co-created supernatural medical series Saving Hope and police drama Rookie Blue.
Akman, meanwhile, is stepping down from his current role as COO at Cineflix Media to launch Husk Media. He has been in the business for more than two decades, working across production, distribution and broadcasting.
Brebner said: “Husk Media is an opportunity to give voice to rising stars whose stories need to be told on a global scale, while allowing me to continue to develop original content that connects to the here and now. We have the privilege of knowing some of the brightest talent in the business, and will build an inclusive hub for creatives to call home.”
Akman added: “We see huge possibilities in the global market for companies led by strong creative voices. And we couldn’t be happier to be collaborating with the amazing team at Cineflix as we build this new venture together.”
Peter Emerson, president of Cineflix Media, said: “Strategic partnerships are the cornerstone of our success, and we’re particularly excited to support Morwyn and Andrew’s vision and help bring their projects to life.
“Their wealth of experience and strong leadership, coupled with Morwyn’s passion for telling stories that are alive, timely, and resonate with global audiences is sure to result in must-see TV.”