International television producer and distributor Cineflix Media is restructuring its unscripted operations to capitalise on growth in the US and UK markets, and create efficiencies by reducing overheads.
Cineflix Media co-founder and co-CEO Glen Salzman said: “Cineflix has expanded rapidly in size over the last few years – building up a successful rights business, launching our joint venture Buccaneer Media in the UK, and last year entering into a partnership with Participant Media, who took an equity stake in the Company. We are now at a more mature stage and, following an in-depth evaluation of our operations and our broadcasting client requirements, we’ve taken necessary steps to streamline our operations to ensure long-term stability.”
“While producing Canadian content remains core to our business, the majority of our unscripted commissions are now led by US and UK broadcasters and generate stronger international interest, which adds greater long-term value to our IP rights. The organisational changes we are announcing today will bolster our creative teams in the US and UK with added support to do what they do best: create high quality, brand-defining programmes for broadcasters worldwide,” Salzman added.
Going forward, Glen Salzman will oversee all production financing and business development, while co-founder and co-CEO Katherine Buck will lead strategic planning as well as executive and creative team management. Andrew Akman, COO, will continue to oversee operations.
The Company’s current slate of more than 20 series for US networks including History, Investigation Discovery, HGTV and Food Network includes long-running successes American Pickers, Mayday, Property Brothers and new projects such as Surviving Evil.
UK unscripted development and production will be led by Creative Director Rob Carey and Managing Director Camilla Lewis, who have successfully grown the business with the ratings hits Trauma Doctors and Salvage Hunters, new commissions such as All Aboard: East Coast Trains and returning series Claimed and Shamed and Pet School for broadcasters including the BBC, Sky1, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery and NGCI.