ARROW MEDIA EXITS CHANNEL 4’S GROWTH FUND

Management buy-back follows significant business growth since Channel 4
investment


Press Release

Issued 3 May 2018

Award-winning factual producer, Arrow Media, has announced it is to buy back shares from Channel 4, invested through its indie Growth Fund, following substantial growth. Arrow
took investment from the Fund around three years ago, headlining the Fund’s first tranche of
investments in August 2014. It is the first company to complete a buy-back of its shares
from Channel 4.

Iain Pelling, Managing Director, Arrow Media, says: "This is an exciting moment in the development of Arrow. We were only three years old when the Growth Fund invested in us
and we are now a transformed company. Our aim was to become a leading independent
global player in factual content and that is what we have become.”

Arrow has more than doubled in size since the Growth Fund investment, growing from an
annual turnover of £8m to £20m. Not only has the company seen huge growth, it has
greatly expanded its work in the United States and internationally.

Tom Brisley and John Smithson, Joint Creative Directors, say: “The Growth Fund’s
investment has been hugely beneficial to Arrow, both in terms of the development of our
business and enabling our creative ambition. We are now making more returning series,
specials and singles, working across all platorms, including film and SVoD. The Growth Fund
investment has achieved everything we wanted it to. We have a very exciting future ahead
of us and have ambitions to work with even more partners in 2018 and beyond, in the UK,
the US and globally.”

Jonathan Allan, Chief Commercial Officer at Channel 4, says: “We have really enjoyed
working with Iain, Tom and John over the last three years and are proud to have played an
important role in the impressive growth of their business. Arrow’s success has enabled
them to become fully independent again, 
demonstrating another way our valuable Fund model can be helpful to developing British businesses. This is now the third successful exit from our investment portfolio, which helps bolster our ongoing commitment to supporting the creative sector across the whole of the UK.”

Arrow’s production slate in the past four years includes innovative, high-rating, high-quality content including: See No Evil and American Monster (Investigation Discovery); America in Color (Smithsonian Channel); Animal Fight Night (National Geographic Wild); Ultimate Airport: Dubai (National Geographic Channel); Man Made Planet: Earth From Space (Channel 4 and Smithsonian Channel); The Modern British Slave Trade and Battle of Britain Day Live (Channel 4); Inside Balmoral and Secrets of the World’s Greatest Mountains (Channel 5); Sherpa, a BAFTA-nominated theatrical documentary and Shark Week (Discovery Channel). The company also has an upcoming theatrical documentary (History Films, BFI, BBC Storyville) and two high-profile SVoD series in production.

About Arrow Media

Arrow Media is one of the UK’s most ambitious creative forces. Now one of the leading producers of high quality factual content in the world, Arrow Media specialises in creating high quality and innovative programming across all platforms.

Arrow’s reputation is built on its ability to deliver world-class factual content which appeals to audiences across the world - from long-running series to big landmark events such as BAFTA- and RTS-winning Live from Space for Channel 4 and National Geographic Channel, Investigation Discovery hit TV series See No Evil and American Monster and ambitious colourising project America In Color for Smithsonian Channel. Their portfolio of award-winning feature films includes Sherpa, which captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever.

Founded in 2011 by Tom Brisley, John Smithson, and Iain Pelling, Arrow Media has created and produced hundreds of hours of documentary, adventure, science, crime, nature and history programming for the UK, US and international markets. Arrow’s clients include Channel 4, BBC, Channel Five, Netflix, History US, National Geographic Channel and National Geographic Wild, Smithsonian, PBS, CuriosityStream, Discovery, Investigation Discovery and Animal Planet. For more information, please visit www.arrowmedia.com.

About Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund

Channel 4 launched the Indie Growth Fund in 2014, initially committing to invest up to £20 million in minority stakes across a broad portfolio of television production and digital companies. The Fund aims to nurture the independent sector by providing access to funding for small to medium sized companies based in the UK, to help them grow and develop their business.

To date, Channel 4 has invested in thirteen UK-based businesses and has fully exited from three of these companies, with all returns reinvested back into Channel 4’s support of the UK creative industries.

Press contact

Jill Franklin
07966 313 753
History, BFI, BBC Storyville present “Escape from Homs”

By Daniele Alcinii December 12, 2017

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History Films, the BFI and BBC Storyville, have boarded filmmaker Christopher Martin‘s feature-length war documentary Escape From Homs as producing partners.
Produced by London-based indie Arrow Media in association with Vice Films, the 90-minute docu-drama will chronicle the experiences of celebrated Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy in February 2012 as they attempted to cover the plight of Syrian civilians trapped in the war-ravaged city of Homs, Syria during the Arab Spring.
The film features exclusive interviews with those involved, woven together with never-before-seen footage, to provide an in-depth look into Conroy and Colvin’s journey into Homs, and Conroy’s escape from the war-torn city. Colvin was killed when the international media center was hit by Syrian Army artillery fire.
Escape from Homs is based on Conroy’s 2013 book Under the Wire: Marie Colvin’s Final Assignment.
Following a theatrical run, History in the U.S. and BBC4 in the UK will provide Escape from Homs with its television premiere.  
Escape from Homs has been supported by A+E Networks for History Films, the British Film Institute with National Lottery funding and BBC4.
Executive producers on the film include Molly Thompson for History Films, Mary Burke for BFI, Emma Loach for BBC, and Eddy Moretti and Bengt Anderson for Vice Films. Arrow Media co-founder Tom Brisley serves as producer, with co-producers Danny Gabai and Michael Kronish.
History Films is part of the A+E Feature Films group, which includes the award-winning label A&E IndieFilms (City of Ghosts, Life, Animated, Cartel Land).
“The Siege of Homs was a living hell for civilians, and the bravery of journalists like Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy, who willingly step into the line of fire, is astonishing,” said Molly Thompson, senior VP of feature films at A+E Networks, in a statement.  “We are honored to be working with Chris and Arrow to tell Colvin and Conroy’s story.”
“Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy’s commitment to the truth, and to bearing witness to the suffering of ordinary people in Syria, in spite of the immense danger to themselves, is a testament not just to the true spirit of journalism, but also to the best of who we are,” added Martin.
“This is a story that needs to be told. From the moment Chris first talked about it, I knew it was something Arrow had to be involved in, because telling compelling and important stories is at the heart of what we do,” Brisley also added.
ARROW MEDIA GETS BUMPER ORDERS FOR SEE NO EVIL AND AMERICAN MONSTER FROM INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY

UK independent production company Arrow Media has secured re-commissions from US channel Investigation Discovery for two of the network’s highest rating shows, See No Evil and American Monster, enhancing its position as a leader in the true crime genre.
See No Evil, which launched in 2015, is one of Investigation Discovery’s most successful shows and will be returning for its fourth series in 2018. Produced with Canada-based production company Saloon Media, the 16x60’ series has also been recommissioned by Canadian French-language broadcaster Canal D and will reveal more shocking murder mysteries - one CCTV clip at a time.
In addition, Arrow is set to produce series three of American Monster (12x60’), which has also been greenlit by Investigation Discovery. The hit series uses original home movie footage to reveal the twisted double lives led by America’s most terrifying killers before they were finally apprehended. 
Tom Brisley, Arrow’s Co-founder & Joint Creative Director says: “Over the past few years we’ve built a really strong working relationship with ID. It’s been great to once again work with them to continue making exciting and captivating true crime content. Bit by bit the shocking truth behind some of the worst crimes ever committed are revealed using real footage from CCTV cameras and home movies to make every episode utterly compelling. We’ve brought our expertise as innovative storytellers to draw viewers in and immerse them in the worlds of these cases.” 
Tom Brisley serves as Creative Director and Sam Starbuck as Executive Producer on both series. Ash Potterton is also Executive Producer on See No Evil and Tom Keeling is Series Producer for Arrow while Michael Kot is Executive Producer for Saloon Media. Lucie Rideout serves as Series Producer for American Monster. 
Series four of See No Evil will be distributed internationally by eOne. 

Smithsonian Channel has renewed its hit series AMERICA IN COLOR, recommissioning UK based Arrow Media to produce six new hour-long episodes to air in 2018.

October 13, 2017
The series, which first premiered in July, presents iconic moments in U.S. history as never before seen – using artistry, an expert colorizing team and cutting-edge technology to transform black-and-white films and photographs into vibrant 4K color. In what is one of the most ambitious and expansive colorizing projects in television history, Arrow Media will painstakingly source new footage by scouring vast archives, forgotten family vaults and private collections to restore and digitize more than 27 miles of film.
Season one of AMERICA IN COLOR spanned the 1920s to the 1960s, from fascinating footage of illegal drinking in speakeasies during the 1920s, rare home movies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression and scenes of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor to Elvis Presley’s television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show and the Nixon-Kennedy debate.
Season two will take viewers on another visually stunning journey, shifting the focus from various decades to iconic thematic episodes in history, including:

Titans of Industry: The story of a rising generation of industrialists like Henry Ford and inventors such as Thomas Edison who came to tower over America, transformed the country and impact the global landscape. Their insatiable drive to innovate touches every aspect of American life and turned the United States into a behemoth – the most dominant economy in modern history.

Rise of the Mafia: In the 1920s America launched a moral crusade against vice -- but instead unleashed decades of criminality. Over 40 years shadowy figures like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Frank Costello profited from America’s love of a good time. The underworld boomed with the country, a shadowy dark side to the American century.

The Wild West: The American West is a both a physical place and a potent myth. “The Wild West” will bring its legacy to life – the frontier, the conflicts and some of the inhabitants of America’s most legendary and harshest environments.

America at Play: This episode is a window into how Americans played and entertained themselves in the first half of the 20th century – from alligator wrestling to the birth of surfing in Hawaii ­­– and will reveal unexpected angles on big themes in American history, including class, race and money.

American Royalty: A handful of wealthy, powerful and interconnected families emerged to dominate the nation. This is the story of the families like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, and the individuals who embodied the ultimate realization of the American Dream.

Hollywood’s Golden Age: Hollywood is one of the great American success stories. This is the story of the creation of the dream factory, and the light it shines on American society.

AMERICA IN COLOR is produced by Arrow Media and Smithsonian Networks. For Arrow Media, Tom Brisley serves as creative director, Nick Metcalfe serves as executive producer and Lucie Ridout is series producer. John Cavanagh, Charles Poe and David Royle are executive producers for Smithsonian Channel. Composite Films leads the colorization and restoration process for the series. The series is distributed internationally by Off the Fence.
ALL-NEW SERIES “INTRUDERS” PREMIERES ON ANIMAL PLANET NOV. 5

 -Six-part Series Premieres Sunday, Nov. 5 at 10PM-

If you thought you were safe at home, think again! Wild creatures and other pests who should be living outdoors make their way into your house on Animal Planet’s new series, INTRUDERS.  The six-part series reveals real-life stories of homeowners fighting back to reclaim their homes when they’ve been invaded by snakes, over-run with rats, crawling with cockroaches and broken into by bears, among other invasions.  INTRUDERS premieres Sunday, Nov. 5 at 10PM.
Determined to make dwellings their own, creatures and pests gnaw, slither and smash their way in. First-hand story telling along with home videos and dramatic recreations tell the stories of those who fight through fear and the unknown to keep their families safe and take back their indoor and outdoor spaces.  No matter the outcome, home will never be the same again.
“Intruders is full of edge-of-your-seat drama, giving audiences an intimate look at homeowner’s worst nightmare. These are the ultimate can’t-look-away stories, told as only the people who lived through them can,” said Erin Wanner, Vice President of Production, Animal Planet. 
"Animal Planet is the perfect home for Intruders, a series packed full of compelling and dramatic stories that take place right at the intersection where the people and animal worlds collide,” said Howard Swartz, Executive Vice President of Development and Production, Arrow Media. 
INTRUDERS is produced for Animal Planet by Arrow Media where Nick Metcalfe and Howard Swartz and serve as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer and Patrick Keegan is supervising producer. 

SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™ AND ARROW MEDIA TELL THE STORIES OF AMERICA’S UNSUNG SPACE HEROES

2nd May 2017

Smithsonian Channel has commissioned Arrow Media to produce America’s Secret Space Heroes (6x60’).

Across six gripping episodes, America’s Secret Space Heroes tells the incredible stories of the last surviving engineers behind the most spectacular achievements in space. The stories, some of which have never been told on screen before, include the experiences of engineers who were challenged to create the world’s first reusable space vehicle: the Space Shuttle; the extraordinary story of the engineers who paved the way for the most complex structure ever built in space: the International Space Station; and the inside story of the telescope that nearly broke NASA: the Hubble Space Telescope – one of humanity’s most iconic engineering achievements.  

Each episode weaves together fascinating archive film with dramatic reconstruction and intimate, emotional interviews from the astronauts and the engineers who ultimately held their lives in their hands. Between them, they will relive the critical moments when they ventured into uncharted engineering territory and had to solve seemingly impossible challenges. Viewers will witness the sheer ingenuity and dedication that paved the way to reach these remarkable goals, from building the world’s first reusable rocket engines for the Space Shuttle (calculated all by hand), to collecting microscopic fragments of glass in a meticulous three month clean-up job inside the Lunar Module (after a window blew out during testing on Earth).

These are the stories of the unsung heroes who battled through years of unparalleled challenges to create some of the most incredible space structures ever built and the greatest engineering marvels known to mankind.

“Arrow has an extraordinary expertise in aviation and space, and they know how to capture the marvel in technology and the drama in moments of discovery,” says David Royle, Executive Vice President of Programming and Production, Smithsonian Channel. “In America’s Secret Space Heroes, they reveal the inside story of the geniuses who imagined and created the space program.”

Ash Potterton, Executive Producer, Arrow Media, adds, “Unearthing incredible stories is in our DNA, and America’s Secret Space Heroes is a testament to this. As we embark on a bold new era of space exploration, it is important to shine a light on those who went before us and enabled humanity’s first tentative steps to the stars. By showcasing some of the most iconic stories and projects in space engineering history, we hope that viewers will be both fascinated and inspired.”

America’s Secret Space Heroes was commissioned by Chris Hoelzl and David Royle at Smithsonian Channel. Arrow Media’s Tom Brisley serves as Creative Director with Ash Potterton as Executive Producer. The series will be distributed internationally by TCB Media as Engineering Space. Off the Fence has the rights to distribute the series across the UK, Caribbean and North, Central and South America. 
ID Commissions Arrow’s “Hear No Evil”

April 12, 2017

True crime network Investigation Discovery has commissioned the new six-part sister series Hear No Evil from UK indie Arrow Media.
Hear No Evil (pictured; 6 x 60 minutes) uses archive material and authentic audio recorded at the crime scene as captured by victims’ families, investigators and the killers themselves to reconstruct each unlawful act.
The show is a sister series to See No Evil, which uses CCTV as the central source material.
Each episode of Hear No Evil also features first-person testimony, dramatic reconstructions, video archive and computer graphics to complete the narrative that ultimately lead to murder.
“By building the series around audio rather than visual elements we are letting the viewer’s own imagination and instinctive fear of the unknown come to the fore,” said Tom Brisley, co-founder and joint creative director at Arrow Media, in a statement.
Arrow Media’s Brisley serves as creative director, with Sam Starbuck as executive producer and Tom Keeling as series producer. Investigation Discovery’s Liz Massie, meanwhile, is credited as executive producer.