Cineflix inks first-look deal with new Adrienne Mitchell firm following Back Alley acquisition

Adrienne Mitchell

Cineflix Media has signed a first-look deal with showrunner, director and producer Adrienne Mitchell and her new Canadian prodco BentFrame Film & TV.

The partnership gives Cineflix Media the first option to co-produce original content developed by Mitchell, while providing Toronto-based BentFrame with access to development support from Cineflix Studios. In addition, Cineflix Rights will retain exclusive first-look rights to distribute the firm’s content internationally.

The deal comes just days after Cineflix acquired Coroner firm Back Alley Films and its content library – the company having originally been co-founded by the departing Mitchell and Janis Lundman in 1989.

Mitchell, who has worked on shows including the Anna Paquin-starring Bellevue, wartime drama Bomb Girls, and crime show Durham County, plans to continue producing via BentFrame, which aims to develop and produce “ambitious, provocative, female-driven” dramatic series and feature films for global audiences. The company already has several projects in development with broadcasters and international co-producers.

Zach Marcovici, also previously of Back Alley Films, meanwhile joins BentFrame as director of development and production.

“Adrienne has a powerful vision that aligns with Cineflix Media’s content strategy. We’re delighted to continue our support for Adrienne and Zach through a development and distribution agreement with Adrienne’s new company BentFrame,” said Peter Emerson, President, Cineflix Media.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Cineflix Media to tap into today’s exciting and thought-provoking story landscape. I’m inspired to tell stories with diverse and unique perspectives that shine a light on untold narratives,” added Mitchell.

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