Cineflix Media has announced that Chris Bonney, CEO Rights, is to retire mid-2021 after the company has appointed a successor.

Bonney joined Cineflix Media in 2012 to lead Cineflix Rights, the company’s sales and acquisitions arm. Under his helm, Cineflix Rights has grown a roster of 100 creative producer partners, selling a catalogue of more than 5,000 hours of scripted and factual content to over 500 broadcasters and platforms around the world.

During his time at Cineflix Rights, Bonney increased the company’s third-party slate to almost 50 per cent of its overall portfolio. He has overseen the company during a time of major expansion of its scripted activities, with recent sales deals for international titles such as Tehran, Marcella, Happily Married, The Minister, and An Ordinary Woman alongside the worldwide roll-out of Cineflix Studios’ Coroner and Wynonna Earp to existing broadcasters and new streaming platforms.

Bonney has also significantly grown Cineflix Rights’ factual slate, including helping to establish Property Brothers as a global TV franchise, delivering long-runners such as Border Security and Food Factory, and creating  partnerships with producers like LMNO, Windfall Films, Finestripe, Scott Brothers Entertainment, and Hoff Productions.

“Over the last eight years, Chris has played a pivotal role in positioning Cineflix Media as a global content powerhouse. Under his skillful leadership, he has assembled a phenomenal team at Cineflix Rights and has drawn up a solid blueprint for enduring momentum and success. Chris is very well-respected by his colleagues and peers alike, and we’re sad that he will be stepping down. However, we are grateful that he will continue to drive the company forward while we recruit his successor. And of course, Chris will always remain part of the Cineflix family,” said Glen Salzman and Katherine Buck, Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Cineflix Media.

“Cineflix Rights is now well placed as a distributor with a highly successful scripted business alongside its longstanding factual operations. After 35 years in the industry, it feels like the right time for me to make a move to a new phase in life, and for a new hand to take the company to its next stage. I’ve really enjoyed working with such a talented and friendly team over the past eight years as well as the many incredibly creative producers and broadcasters I’ve had the opportunity to deal with during my time here. I’d also like to thank Glen and Katherine for all their support over the years. As I’ll be around for a while yet, it’s more The Long Goodbye than Short Cuts before I head off to the golf course and experience parts of the world I’ve always wanted to visit!” added Chris Bonney.

 

Jon Creamer