BERLIN — In its first major U.K. acquisition since launching last year, Germany’s Red Arrow Entertainment Group has taken a 51% stake in Blighty’s The Mob Film Co.
Run by partners Vadim Jean, Ian Sharples and John Brocklehurst, Mob Film has offices in London, Manchester and Los Angeles.
It’s best known for Terry Pratchett’s top-rated “Discworld” TV drama adaptations. The company’s latest production was Jean’s feature documentary “In the Land of the Free,” narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.
The deal is the first strategic acquisition by Red Arrow in the key U.K. market and expands the content pipeline for Red Arrow’s distribution arm, SevenOne Intl., which will sell Mob-produced content worldwide.
The Mob will also work closely with Red Arrow Entertainment U.K., Red Arrow Entertainment Group’s newly formed subsidiary, managed by Joel Denton and James Baker.
Said Jan Frouman, Red Arrow Group managing director, “Red Arrow’s strategy is to invest in the very best talent and The Mob has proven to be outstanding at producing drama, documentaries and cutting-edge advertising of the highest quality. The team also has a deep understanding of new technologies like 3D, which are going to be of such importance to the global market in the future.”
A subsidiary of pan-European broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1, the fast-growing Red Arrow combines a slew of international TV production companies, creative partnerships and a leading distribution house.