Frantic Films


‘Backyard Builds’ prodco Frantic Films buys itself out of Kew Media Group

Canadian producer Frantic Films has become the latest company to buy itself out of the stricken Kew Media Group (KMG). Frantic’s CEO Jamie Brown has personally financed a deal to repurchase a 100% stake in the TV and film production company from Kew, which had acquired the prodco in March 2017. Terms of the agreement […]

Exclusive: Kew Media Group’s restructuring process revealed

Kew Media Group’s restructuring process has begun in earnest under the leadership of interim CFO Michael Corrigan, with several companies understood to be looking to leave the Canadian outfit. The Peter Sussman and Steven Silver-led group, which is behind shows ranging from hit drama Line Of Duty to Michael Jackson doc Leaving Neverland, endured a […]

Exclusive: Kew Media shares fall again as private equity explore options

Private equity companies have emerged as the most likely to buy Line Of Duty distributor Kew Media Group (KMG), which saw its shares fall another 20% yesterday after the company defaulted on its credit facility. Kew initiated a strategic review of the business last week, admitting the company could be split up or sold and […]

Kew Media shares plummet as company considers sale, CFO Geoff Webb exits

Canada-based Kew Media Group’s shares have plummeted after the company said it had initiated a strategic review that could see the company split up or sold, while its chief financial officer Geoff Webb has left the business. Kew, which was formed in 2017 and sell shows including Line Of Duty, has formed a special committee […]

Show of the week: ‘High Maintenance’

High Maintenance (8 x 60 minutes) is something of a new take on the popular engineering sub-genre that explores the building of megastructures. Rather than focusing on construction, this series is about maintenance. The series was developed by Toronto-based Frantic Films, part of Kew Media Group, and is repped by its distribution arm Kew Media […]

TBI Factual Hot Pick: ‘High Maintenance’

High Maintenance (8 x 60 minutes) is something of a new take on the popular engineering sub-genre that explores the building of megastructures. Rather than focusing on construction, this series is about maintenance. The series was developed by Toronto-based Frantic Films, and is repped by Kew Media Distribution, both of which are part of Kew […]

How can Canada’s golden age of comedy go global?

Jamie Brown, CEO of Baroness von Sketch Show producer Frantic Films, says more broad-appeal experimentation is required across Canadian comedies to make them more appealing to international distributors.  The late, great Jack Lemmon once quipped: “It’s hard enough to write a good drama, it’s much harder to write a good comedy.” I think many would add that […]

Content becomes Kew Media

Content Media Corp has rebranded as Kew Media Group. The switch comes nearly seven months after Canada-based Kew acquired Content and six production companies for a combined C$104.1 million (US$85.3 million). A note issued today said the rebranding reflected “the evolution of our company and its alignment with the larger group”, alluding to “exciting and […]

New indie group buys Content & others for $104m

Content Media Corp. is one of six companies that has been sold to a new Toronto-based investment vehicle led by entertainment entrepreneurs Steven Silver and Peter Sussman. Kew Media Group is buying 100% of transatlantic production and distribution firm Content, and Toronto-based producers Architect Films, Bristow Global Media, Media Headquarters Film & Television and Our […]

New indie group buys Content & others for $104m

Content Media Corp. is one of six companies that has been sold to a new Toronto-based investment vehicle led by entertainment entrepreneurs Steven Silver and Peter Sussman. Kew Media Group is buying 100% of transatlantic production and distribution firm Content, and Toronto-based producers Architect Films, Bristow Global Media, Media Headquarters Film & Television and Our […]