FilmRise, TMS Entertainment Partner to Distribute 38 Anime TV Shows, Movies

FilmRise, a New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has entered into a distribution deal with TMS Entertainment, one of the world’s largest anime studios. The deal gives FilmRise AVOD rights to 38 anime television series and films which include over 1,100 episodes, in the United States and Canada.

Programs include multiple seasons and films from the highly popular
franchises “Lupin the 3rd,” “Sonic X,” “Virtua Fighter” and “Case
Closed.” In addition, the TV series “Sherlock Hound,” “Monster Rancher,” “ItaKiss,” “Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple,” “Saint Seiya:
The Lost Canvas,” and the classic children’s film “Little Nemo,” among
others, are included in the deal.

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FilmRise will distribute to AVOD/FAST platforms, and FilmRise’s Streaming Network of Channels where the programs will stream on a soon to be launched FilmRise-branded OTT Anime-focused channel.

“TMS Entertainment is one of the world’s premiere anime studios, and a key player in this genre that is experiencing tremendous growth with streaming audiences around the world,” Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions and co-productions, said in a statement.”These highly sought-after productions from TMS are an incredible addition to our offerings in this increasingly popular vertical.”

Sam Maseba of TMS Entertainment added, “Partnering with FilmRise allows us to increase exposure of these highly-popular anime programs.  Already having a dedicated and loyal following around the world, these hit series can now be enjoyed for free on streaming platforms in North America.”

FilmRise Acquires Domestic AVOD Rights to British Series ‘Line of Duty’

Seeking to up its profile of British-centric programming, FilmRise Aug. 25 announced the acquisition of U.S. AVOD distribution rights to 23 episodes of the BBC popular drama series “Line of Duty.” The program follows the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anti-corruption unit.

The series follows Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), a former authorized firearms officer who was transferred to Anti-Corruption Unit 12 (AC-12), a unit tasked with uncovering police corruption. Arnott is partnered with Detective Constable Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), a highly commended undercover officer with a keen investigative instinct. They work under the supervision of Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrien Dunbar). Throughout the series, AC-12 investigates seemingly disparate cases involving allegedly corrupt police officers, with each season focusing on a different corrupt officer.

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“Line of Duty,” garnered 4.1 million viewers collectively when it originally aired in 2012, becoming the best-performing drama series in 10 years on BBC Two. The series won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series, an Edgar Allen Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America and has been nominated for a number of BAFTA TV Awards. Due to its success, “Line of Duty” began airing on BBC One in 2017, where it launched its fourth season.

The deal was negotiated by CEO Danny Fisher; Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions and co-productions; and Berry Meyerowitz, president of Quiver Entertainment.

“This award-winning and critically acclaimed series is a wonderful addition to our recently launched British TV OTT channel,” Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “Now, for the first time, U.S. fans can enjoy ‘Line of Duty’ without having to subscribe to a streaming service.”

FilmRise Signs Rapper Ice-T to Mediate Conflict

Erstwhile rapper Ice-T does more than catch bad guys and sell automobile warranties, now he’s taking on “Judge Judy.”

FilmRise July 23 has acquired the distribution rights to court TV series “The Mediator With Ice-T,” with FilmRise representing the show in all media worldwide and show producer Jetmir Media retaining U.S. broadcast syndication rights. In addition, both FilmRise and Jetmir are co-financing 20 new episodes of the series.

Each 30-minute episode features Ice-T (“Law and Order: SVU”) seeking resolutions between feuding civilian parties in a court-like platform. The parties present their sides to Ice-T, who will then bring in third party experts to get their perspectives and advice regarding the conflict.

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Ice-T will then give his recommendation on how they should move forward, which will either end in a settlement or move on to civil court. “The Mediator” originally aired on Fox TV.

Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions, co-productions, said “The Mediator” is a perfect fit to the platform’s expanding slate of celebrity-hosted original series.

“We look forward to expanding its audience via streaming and creating more original episodes,” he said.

Ice-T, who also executive produces, said the series has a better chance at finding audiences when distributed across multiple platforms.

“Few if any TV shows can thrive without multiple outlets which FilmRise has and maintains globally,” he said. “We also look forward to their creative input on new episodes.”

FilmRise plans to offer the series to a range of digital platforms including The Roku Channel, Tubi, Pluto TV, Peacock, among others, as well as its own FilmRise streaming channels.

The deal was negotiated by Jonitha Keymoore, senior director of global content acquisitions for FilmRise, and Puraj Puri and Mark Vega represented Jetmir Media.

FilmRise Acquires Digital Distribution Rights to Select Movies From Gravitas Ventures

New York-based movie and television studio and streaming network FilmRise has acquired the digital distribution rights to 83 motion pictures from Gravitas Ventures. The deal, which was negotiated by Austin Goldfine, manager of content and specialty acquisitions at FilmRise, and Michael Murphy, president at Gravitas Ventures, gives FilmRise both domestic and international AVOD and SVOD rights to the movies in the library.

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Gravitas Ventures is part of Red Arrow Studios, one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of entertainment content. Red Arrow Studios is comprised of 20 production companies in seven territories, including 10 companies based in the United States; digital studio, Studio71, based in six countries; and global film and TV distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures.

“Gravitas Ventures has a wonderful library of theatrical content that we are excited to share with streaming audiences,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “The impressive array of multi awarding winning talent featured in these films … from Jeremy Irons to Charlotte Rampling … make them must see movies for all film buffs.”

Gravitas titles include An Actor Prepares, starring Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune, “The Borgias”) and Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, The Dark Knight Rises); Hannah, starring Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, Melancholia); Egg, starring Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men,” Ginger and Rosa), and All Summers End, starring Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse, Ready Player One), Pablo Schreiber (13 Hours, “Orange Is the New Black,”) and Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart, “Justified”), among others.

FilmRise plans to offer these films to a range of digital platforms, including The Roku Channel, Tubi, Pluto TV and Peacock, among others, as well as its own FilmRise streaming network.

FilmRise Acquires Streaming Rights to ‘Dark Blood’

FilmRise has announced the acquisition of Dark Blood, starring Tony and Emmy award-winning, John Leguizamo (John Wick, Carlito’s Way, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, Ice Age). The deal gives FilmRise theatrical, digital and broadcast rights in North and South America. The movie is directed by Colombian filmmaker Harold Trompetero (Diastole y systole: Los movimientos del Corazon, Violet of a Thousand Colors, Riverside) and follows a father imprisoned after committing a crime avenging the death of his son.

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“John Leguizamo’s performance in Dark Blood is a tour de force,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “The power, fear and compassion that Trompetero evokes through Leguizamo’s performance is a testament to his impressive directing skills.”

The film will have its North American premiere this September coinciding with National Hispanic Heritage Month. The deal was negotiated by Katie Carroll, manager, independent film acquisition at FilmRise, and Priscilla Ross Smith, CEO of The Coven, a sales agency in Lyon, France.

FilmRise Acquires AVOD Rights to Canada’s ‘Heartland’

Ad-supported streaming VOD service FilmRise June 22 announced the acquisition of domestic distribution rights to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s longest-running hour-long drama series, “Heartland.” Adapted from Lauren Brooke’s best-selling novels, “Heartland” is a multi-generational family drama series set in Alberta, Canada that began airing in 2007 on the CBC and just wrapped its 14th season March 2021.

The deal includes rights to 214 episodes across 13 seasons as well as the TV movie, A Heartland Christmas, which garnered 1.4 million viewers when it originally aired. The series has won a number of Rosie awards from the Alberta Film & Television Awards, and has been nominated for a number of Canadian Screen Awards.

“We are fortunate to add this wonderful series to our expanding content of wholesome family programming,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement.

The series is adapted from Lauren Brooke’s best-selling novels, and follows life on the Heartland ranch as sisters Amy and Lou, together with their grandfather Jack, deal with the challenges of running a ranch that has been in the family for generations.

“Genesis is excited to make this hit series from Canada available on new platforms,” said Wayne Lepoff, CEO of Genesis International TV & Film. “We feel viewers will welcome ‘Heartland”s ongoing themes of family strength and family values as well as its messages of showing compassion towards others.”

“Heartland” will be streaming on a number of digital platforms, including The Roku Channel, IMDb TV, Peacock, Pluto TV, Tubi, and the FilmRise streaming network, among others.

FilmRise Promotes Trey Durst to VP

New York-based TV and film studio and streaming network FilmRise has promoted Trey Durst to VP of digital content programming.

Previously serving as senior director of digital content programming, Durst will oversee all of FilmRise’s OTT programming activities, including the digital syndication of all FilmRise content domestically and internationally. He will also seek out and assist in negotiating new partnership deals with platforms worldwide. He will continue to be responsible for growing FilmRise’s FAST (Free Ad-supported Streaming TV) channel offerings and points of distribution, managing FilmRise’s key accounts, while organizing the team to leverage editorial opportunities throughout the calendar year.

“Trey has been an extremely valuable asset to our Sales team,” Melissa Wohl, SVP and head of sales at FilmRise, said in a statement. “His promotion exemplifies the company’s growth at a thrilling rate, and his contribution has been enormous.”

Durst joined FilmRise as AVOD content programming manager in 2018. Since then he has been responsible for curating offerings for partner platforms and maximizing revenue. He has cultivated an expertise in the emerging FAST channel marketplace by overseeing the growth of FilmRise’s portfolio of digital linear channels. He combines content monetization and performance optimization to provide FilmRise’s partners with high-value programming.

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Prior to joining FilmRise, Durst was with TEGNA as an OTT account manager, where he managed OTT ad campaigns for Premion’s Dallas and Los Angeles markets as well as their Chevy national campaign.

FilmRise Celebrating ‘Forensic Files’ 25th Anniversary With TV Special

New York-based film and television studio and streaming network FilmRise is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the very first episode of HLN’s successful true-crime series “Forensic Files.”

The series delves into the world of forensic science, profiling intriguing crimes, accidents and outbreaks of disease from around the world. Premiering as “Medical Detectives” on TLC, the program ran for five seasons before moving to CourtTV as “Forensic Files” for another nine years. It amassed 400 episodes and remained their most popular program until the channel pivoted to TruTV and HLN.

Kicking off CrimeCon 2021 June 4-6 in Austin, Texas, as an event sponsor, FilmRise will feature “Forensic Files” throughout the weekend across video, print, social media, and an interactive photo booth.

This summer, FilmRise will engage with fans of the show across streaming services with free, bespoke marathons on popular platforms and social media content, including polling fans on their favorite episodes and cases.

In the fall, FilmRise will participate online in National Forensic Science Week leading up to the airing of its original TV special celebrating the iconic series.

The “Forensics File 25th Anniversary TV Special” is a 60-minute program that pays tribute to the series with help from its dedicated fanbase. Produced by FilmRise and GaryLico TV, the special will be filled with never-before-seen interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, as well as a global fan-hosted countdown of favorite episodes.

The special will present “how we did it” re-creations of hard-to-shoot cases, roundtable discussions with participants from the series and a special tribute to the late narrator Peter Thomas. The special will also present the origin of the show, while highlighting how cases are sourced and researched, the impact of the program on TV, science and crime solving, and interviews with producers, directors, bloggers and participants.

“‘Forensic Files’ was one of the first programs we acquired when FilmRise was formed in 2012, and it has now become one of the most popular library shows within the streaming space,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement.

Paul Dowling, the creator of the series, said FilmRise has been an invaluable partner bringing the series to the world.

“We’re proud to be working with their excellent team,” Dowling said. “It’s great to get our team back together for this tribute to ‘Forensic Files’ for our rabid fans.”

FilmRise will unveil a sneak peak of the special TV program at CrimeCon, and will coordinate social media stunts, trivia, and interactive contests throughout the year.

FilmRise Bows Classic TV Channel, Licenses ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ ‘Danny Thomas Show’ and ‘That Girl’

New York-based film and television studio and streaming network FilmRise is launching the FilmRise Classic TV Channel and App.

The launch is bolstered by classic television series “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “That Girl” and “The Danny Thomas Show” licensed in a deal between FilmRise and Paul Brownstein Productions.

“These programs continue to resonate with audiences from generation to generation,” Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions and co-productions at FilmRise, said in a statement. “They have stood the test of time and have become the foundation for the sitcoms that are created today. Marlo Thomas, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Danny Thomas … proven talent that continues to entertain as their legacies live on.”

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“The Dick Van Dyke Show” won two Golden Globes and 15 Emmy Awards. It ran for five seasons (1961 to 1966) with a total of 158 half-hour episodes. The series was centered on the work and home life of television comedy writer Rob Petrie, played by Dick Van Dyke. The show was created by Carl Reiner and also starred Mary Tyler Moore. “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was recently featured in Disney+ classic sitcom inspired “WandaVision,” for which Dick Van Dyke himself consulted.

“That Girl,” starring Marlo Thomas, debuted in 1966 and ran for five seasons (1966-71).  It won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for four Emmys. Thomas played Ann Marie, an aspiring actress who moves from her hometown of Brewster, New York, to try to make it big in New York City.

“The Danny Thomas Show”

“The Danny Thomas Show” won five Emmys and ran from 1953 to 1964. Thomas played the role of Danny Williams, a successful comedian and nightclub entertainer at the Copa Club, based on the iconic New York City nightclub the Copacabana. Episodes regularly featured music by Danny Thomas and major guest stars

“These shows define classic television,” Paul Brownstein said in a statement. “The comedy is timeless, and they have all been broadcast continuously for over 60 years. Thanks to FilmRise, the legacy streams on.”

Among the many iconic TV series and films available on FilmRise’s Classic TV Channel and App are “The Rifleman,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Grounded For Life,” “Highway to Heaven,” “My Favorite Martian,” “Midsomer Murders,” “Sleepers,” “Dead Calm,” “Forensic Files” and “Unsolved Mysteries With Robert Stack.”

FilmRise operates the FilmRise Streaming Network, comprised of 22 Apps on streaming devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Comcast Xfinity, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Cox Contour TV, and more than a dozen FAST Channels available on platforms such as The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Vizio Watch Free and IMDbTV, among others.

FilmRise Names Jonitha Keymoore Senior Director of Global Acquisitions

New York-based film and television studio and streaming network FilmRise April 13 announced the appointment of Jonitha Keymoore as senior director of global acquisitions. The announcement was made by Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions and co-productions at FilmRise.

Jonitha Keymoore

As senior director, Keymoore will be responsible for developing new multi-territory film and television acquisition opportunities, while working across existing content partners to help build FilmRise’s growing global licensing and distribution business. Keymoore will represent FilmRise as a buyer at virtual film and television markets throughout 2021. She reports directly to Einhorn.

Previously, Keymoore was senior director of content acquisitions at ViacomCBS, where she served in a senior strategic role for the company, negotiating deal terms for acquired content and working directly with large studios such as Sony Pictures, Disney, Fox, CBS, Warner Bros. and NBCUniversal, among others. Prior to that, she served as director of distribution at Konami Cross Media, handling the anime property “Yu-Gi-Oh!,” leading the franchise’s strategic partnership for theatrical, broadcast, home video and digital distribution.

“[Keymoore’s] impressive and extensive background managing important brands and acquiring for globally-known networks and streaming services will certainly allow FilmRise to continue its strategy to be the key content supplier for streamers,” Einhorn said in a statement.