Banijay Rights has signed a first-look deal with Scottish indie, Firecrest Films.
The new deal will give Banijay Rights exclusive access to new documentaries, factual television series and features from the producer.
Glasgow-based Firecrest Films has expanded since taking a minority investment from the Channel 4 Growth Fund in 2017. The investment saw the company expand its creative team and add high-end documentary and factual formats to its catalogue. In the following year, it made both the highest-rating Panorama film for BBC One and the highest rating Dispatches film for Channel 4.
Included in the Banijay Rights catalogue will be Firecrest’s critically-acclaimed legal documentary, Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming (2 x 60’) for BBC Scotland and BBC Two. Other shows in the catalogue include Murder Case (2 x 60’) for BBC One Scotland and BBC Two.
New shows include The Secret Life of the Museum (4 x 60’), a new factual format for BBC Scotland. The series follows nine children aged around ten-years-old as they visit different museums. The children’s experiences are then intercut with interviews with curators from the museum who tell us the facts behind the collection.
Andreas Lemos at Banijay Rights comments, “We could not be more excited by this latest partnership. We have long-admired Firecrest Films. Its factual series and documentaries have not only made a huge impact on screen but have resonated in the wider media as well – just going to show the power behind the stories that they choose to tell. We cannot wait to introduce Firecrest’s work to the international market, who we know are waiting in anticipation.”
Nicole Kleeman, Managing Director of Firecrest Films adds, “It’s a hugely exciting time to be a fast-growing indie in the Nations. Having the support from Banijay Rights will help us continue our growth into new genres and markets.”
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