Asylum Entertainment Group (Asylum) today announced an investment in newly launched production company Moon&Back Media.

Based in London, Moon&Back Media was founded by producer Nigel Hall (Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!),  Dawn Airey (C4, C5, ITV, Sky) and talent manager Russ Lindsay (Ant & Dec, Simon Cowell).

Hall, Lindsay and Airey – longtime collaborators – reunited to launch the company to create talent-driven international formats. The stake offers Moon&Back access to Asylum’s global portfolio while expanding Asylum’s footprint into the UK.

“This past year, we’ve been focused on aligning with inspired storytellers, including producers, artists and brands, to carve new opportunities that will entertain and inform our audiences,” says Steve Michaels, Chief Executive Officer of Asylum. “Nigel, Dawn and Russ offer a wealth of diverse experience; they’re incredibly esteemed visionaries who are committed to excellence in their craft.”

“We share the same values, business acumen and ambition as the team at Asylum, and we’re confident that our combined imaginations will empower us to create the very best unscripted content to entertain, surprise and delight audiences around the world,” says Dawn Airey, co-founder of Moon&Back.

Most recently, the company solidified first-look deals with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and his Comandante Productions, as well as the New York Post.

Last year, Asylum acquired Austin-based Texas Crew Productions (How I Caught My Killer).

Asylum Entertainment Group – part of Endeavor’s nonscripted content group – is the parent company to Texas Crew Productions, Big City TV (Lori Rothschild Ansaldi) Breaklight Pictures (Dan Johnstone) and Audity. Asylum has produced a diverse slate of television long-form, features, documentaries and unscripted series, including launching limited series The Kennedys, starring Katie Holmes and Greg Kinnear. Other titles include Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed, American Cartel, King of the Con, Doubling Down with the Derricos, Sins of the Amish and How I Caught My Killer.  The company has first-look deals with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and his Comandante Productions as well as the New York Post.

Pippa Considine

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