Amaze to create ‘super-indie’

Company teams with D&D

LONDON — Ambitious U.K. indie Amaze TV is partnering rated Dutch combo D&D to create what is hoped to be a new “super-indie” challenging the likes of Endemol and bankrolled by around $460 million of private equity coin.

The as-yet unnamed producer/distrib is backed by London-based Palamon Capital Partners, which will acquire equity in both D&D and Amaze, set up last year by ex-Brighter Pictures topper Remy Blumenfeld.

The plan is for the upstart to buy other, smaller indies mimicking the strategy of U.K. “super-indie” All3Media.

Blumenfeld, whose Brighter Pictures specialized in risqué fare, will be chief creative officer of the new outfit while remaining head of Amaze.

D&D’s co-founders Marc Dullaert and Paul Dumas will sit alongside Blumenfeld on the board of the new entity.

Blumenfeld said: “This is a unique opportunity to establish a new framework for creativity.

“I am excited to have found in both D&D and Palamon, partners who share our vision of creating a group of allied creative companies, each under their own brands, with complementary fields of excellence and united by a desire to be first, best or different.”

Blumenfeld’s hits include “There’s Something About Miriam,” in which six males unwittingly woo a transsexual, and “Gay, Straight or Taken,” a big seller overseas and screened by Lifetime in the U.S.

Prior to setting up Brighter, Blumenfeld worked for six years as an entertainment reporter in New York presenting “Remy’s People” and “The Remy Report.”