Cineflix Rights, Curious Films ink first-look deal

Cineflix Media's U.K. distribution arm will hold the exclusive rights to the prodco's film slate and drive its global sales.

cineflix-curious-films-01U.K.-based TV distributor Cineflix Rights has struck a first-look development deal with London-based indie Curious Films.

The partnership gives Cineflix Rights, which is owned by Toronto’s Cineflix Media, exclusive distribution rights to Curious Films’ new slate. It will also see the distributor work to drive Curious Films’ international profile to generate new commissions and global sales.

Launched in November 2018 by Dov Freedman and Charlie Russell, the Curious Films’s recent output includes Chris Packham: 7.7 Billion People & Counting (BBC2), Charlotte Church: My Family And Me (Channel 4), and Britain’s Youngest Football Boss (pictured; BBC3), which was acquired by Cineflix Rights in 2019.

Curious Films is currently in production on projects including Frank Gardner: Being Frank (BBC2) and Squad Goals, a six-part follow up series with West Ham United’s Women’s team (BBC3).

“Partnering with Cineflix Rights provides us with the opportunity to move to our next phase of growth, building out from the UK into international markets. Their team has a great reputation for working with producers to maximize opportunities for individual projects as well as longer term business expansion,” Freedman said in a statement.

The pact is the latest partnership for Cineflix Rights, following its recent deals with Finestripe Productions, Windfall Films, Renegade Pictures, Lion TV and Talesmith.

“Curious Films has demonstrated the ability to win commissions from across the UK market for high-profile, attention-grabbing content which appeals to a wide range of audiences – particularly the 16-34 age group. We are always on the look-out to create partnerships with top young companies,” added Cineflix Rights head of acquisitions Richard Life.

This story originally appeared in Realscreen