Ringside Media, the investment arm of Newen-backed indie Ringside Studios, has taken a stake in B Side Film and TV, its fourth major investment.

B Side was founded by Matimba Kabalika, whose previous roles include heading up BFI NETWORK and the content development division of a leading talent agency. B Side will focus on creating content with “unique and diverse perspectives”, highlighting emerging talent both on and off screen. B Side will be supported by a strategic relationship with B Side Management; Kate Morrison, Sarah Stephenson, and Sam Fox’s talent agency.

Matimba Kabalika said: “We’re really excited to be partnering with Ringside as we continue to grow our slate and ambition to work with the most exceptional emerging talent”

Kate Bennetts, Ringside’s Managing Director, said: “Matimba is such an exciting force in the industry right now, and we are delighted to be welcoming her into the Ringside group and to developing a great relationship with Sam, Kate and Sarah. Together this team brings a formidable background in both content production and talent management, as well as a deep knowledge of the new and diverse writing community we are seeing blossoming in this country”.

Philippe Levasseur, Newen’s Head of International, said “Matimba, and the whole B Side team are a fresh and exciting addition to the Ringside family. They are hitting the ground running with a great slate of developments and we look forward to working with, and supporting, them in the future”.

Both Ringside Media and Ringside Studios were founded by Gub Neal (Liaison, The Fall, Queer as Folk) in 2020 as part of parent company Newen’s strategy to expand into the English-speaking scripted market and UK production. The investment fund has already announced investments into Fictionhouse, Slate Entertainment and Further South Productions in 2021.

Ringside were advised by the team at Lee & Thompson, and B-Side by Grey Seal Media.

Jon Creamer

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