Tinopolis acquires Firecracker

Company produces 'Big Fat American Gypsy Weddings'

LONDON

Blighty’s Tinopolis has snapped up Firecracker Films, the company behind the U.K.’s “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” and “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding,” in its second purchase of a U.S. producer in a week.

The acquisition, believed to be worth around £25 million ($40 million), comes days after Tinopolis bought Passion Distribution.

Firecracker specializes in factual entertainment on both sides of the Atlantic. It was founded in 2002 by CEO Mark Soldinger to focus on documentaries with international potential.

Much of its biz is in the U.S., making shows for Nat Geo (“Family Guns”), AETN (“Last Chance Driving School”) and TLC (“My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding”).

Soldinger and his senior team – managing director Sue Oriel, head of programs Jes Wilkins and creative director Jeremy Groman – will remain on board.

Tinopolis exec chairman Ron Jones said, “Tinopolis continues to build a group of companies that has the range and financial strength to provide the best creative ideas to our customers around the world.”

Jones ruled out more announcements this week but said he was targeting the U.S. because “consolidation is behind the U.K. experience.”

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