August 13th, 2019 - C21Factual

ID renews Arrow Media true crime

American Monster examines the lives of real murderers
US true crime network Investigation Discovery has doubled down on its relationship with UK indie Arrow Media, ordering a further 39 hours of factual content.
Discovery-owned ID has commissioned a third season of The Devil Speaks (6×60’), which examines the real audio used by police to solve murder cases.
American Monster (11×60’, plus 1×120’), a docuseries looking into the lives of murderers, has also been picked up for a fourth season.
See No Evil (20×60’), a coproduction with Canada’s Blue Ant Studios featuring crimes solved with surveillance footage, returns for its sixth run.
Sam Starbuck is executive producing The Devil Speaks, Nick Metcalfe is exec producing American Monster and Ash Potterton is exec producing See No Evil, which is distributed by Blue Ant International.
Tom Brisley, creative director of Arrow Media, said: “The returnable series is the Holy Grail of production – they are the bedrock of growing a successful production company, content that everyone wants to make but which can prove elusive.
“Arrow Media has put a huge amount of development effort into not only growing our returnable series slate, but also making sure that our current series still deliver – remaining as fresh and compelling as the day they first hit the screens. It’s great to see our series portfolio become just as strong as our limited series, singles and specials work.”
July 25th, 2019


(Silver Spring, MD.) – Serial killers existed long before there was a term to classify their heinous acts. For years, we have studied how, when and where these killers struck, but one question lingers in our minds and keeps the fascination alive - why? How is it that a seemingly normal, and often outwardly charming individual could transform into a monster whose crimes are the work of nightmares?  Investigation Discovery (ID)’s new series of specials, MIND OF A MONSTER, explores this evolution of evil and the psyche of some of America’s most iconic serial killers. Real footage and audio from the criminals themselves reveal chilling insights into their lives and personalities and the twisted reasoning behind their deadly actions. The anthology begins with TED BUNDY: MIND OF A MONSTER, premiering Sunday, August 18 from 9-11pm ET on Investigation Discovery, the #1 network for true-crime and mystery programming.

“There is no question that, as a society, we are fascinated by the psychology of serial killers – both real, like Ted Bundy or fictional, like Hannibal Lecter,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “It is nearly impossible to comprehend why or how anyone could commit these kinds of acts against another human – and, in that regard, this new franchise will explore the psyches of these monsters in an attempt to comprehend their despicable crimes.” 

The first installment of MIND OF A MONSTER delves into Theodore “Ted” Bundy, who became infamous after his crime spree spanned from coast to coast, included two prison escapes, and culminated a decade later with a death sentence. Bundy used his abundant charisma and good looks to prey on countless young women throughout the 1970s, seamlessly flipping from charming stranger to dangerous criminal and claiming the lives of more than thirty women. Through new interviews with those closest to the case, and haunting recordings from Bundy himself, TED BUNDY: MIND OF A MONSTER reveals the comprehensive, most intimate look into Bundy’s life from beginning to end, detailing his transformation into one of the worst serial killers America has ever seen.

TED BUNDY: MIND OF A MONSTER is produced for Investigation Discovery by Arrow Media with Sam Starbuck as executive producer, John Owens as series producer and Tom Brisley as creative director. For Investigation Discovery, Eugenie Vink is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
May 22nd, 2019

C4 takes Gay Dog for a walk

Channel 4 in the UK has commissioned a one-off documentary investigating homosexual behaviour in animals.
My Gay Dog & Other Animals (working title) is being produced by UK indie Arrow Pictures, and looks into some of the 1,500 animal species that display homosexual behaviour.
It is being executive produced by Nick Metcalfe at Arrow, and was commissioned by Siobhan Sinnerton for the commercially funded public broadcaster. Canada’s Blue Ant Media will distribute.
Arrow Pictures was formed when London-based Arrow Media split into two sister labels, Arrow Pictures and Arrow Media, under the Arrow International Media banner in December.
April 10, 2019


(NEW YORK) – On July 20th, 1969, the world watched Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, but behind these iconic images is an unseen story. Now, 50 years later, Discovery and Science Channel will celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing with a two-hour television event, APOLLO: THE FORGOTTEN FILMS (WT), that will tell the complete story of this most audacious of missions, with footage not seen anywhere else. The archives reveal the incredible lengths an army of engineers, scientists and astronauts went to, to achieve America’s greatest technological feat.
APOLLO: THE FORGOTTEN FILMS, premiering summer 2019, employs footage from a number of different resources including NASA Research Centers, The National Archives, and news reports of the time. Having sifted through thousands of reels of film, this amazing trove is a remarkable behind the scenes look at the exhaustive preparation that went into sending the first humans to our moon.
“The approach to this commemorative special is to celebrate and honor everyone who made this most incredible of missions possible,” said Howard Swartz, Senior Vice President of Production and Development, Discovery. “With only the use of archival footage from the time, this will be is an immersive experience for the viewer, transporting them back to a time of hope, fear, and ultimately, triumph.”
America’s race to the moon was no simple mission. The 400,000 scientists and engineers who devoted their lives to realize the dream of a nation faced one obstacle after another. They overcame enormous challenges to build a rocket powerful enough to break free of earth’s gravity with a fearless group of astronauts, who risked their lives to fly a spaceship that would land on a precise spot on the moon, 250,000 miles away. 
APOLLO: THE FORGOTTEN FILMS is produced for Discovery and Science Channel by Arrow Media. Executive Producers for Arrow are Tom Brisley and Sam Starbuck. Howard Swartz serves as Executive Producer for Discovery and Science Channel.
2 April 2019


 Arrow Media, one of the UK’s leading producers of factual content, is building on its vast space credentials with a fast-turnaround commission of Mission Moon-Lander (w/t). The special tells the extraordinary story of Israel’s historic moon launch - the first ever mission to land an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon by a private company.

In a remarkable moment for Israel, the unmanned spacecraft, Beresheet, launched successfully into space in a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, in February,  from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Mission Moon-Lander (w/t), a 1 x 60 minute special, follows the non-profit organisation SpaceIL, founded by three young Israeli engineers Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub - who are on track to beat all other global contenders - as they build, launch and land an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon. This is the story of audacious private enterprise meeting the ultimate in cutting-edge space science.  Mission Moon-Lander (w/t) will begin airing on National Geographic in April 2019.

Lucie Ridout, Executive Producer, Arrow Media, says: “From the preparation and launch to landing and science on the moon, we are covering all stages of this first privately-funded mission to the moon.  Our camera teams are following SpaceIL’s engineers and mission control; expert interviews with SpaceIL members and specialist experts will give key insights into the mission; and use of Space IL’s existing archive footage will allow us to tell key points of the story. We also have access to SpaceIL’s footage feed, beaming back images of its journey through space and the landing on the moon’s surface.

“This project demonstrates our huge experience in, and passion for, documenting all aspects of space adventure.  When significant events happen, we are able to leverage our vast range of contacts in the space industry to get the right kind of access to people, footage and experts - and fast.”

Arrow’s portfolio of space programming includes the BAFTA- and RTS-winning Live From Space (National Geographic/Channel 4), Destination: Jupiter (CuriosityStream), and America’s Secret Space Heroes (Smithsonian Channel).

Mission Moon-Lander (w/t), is Exec Produced by Lucie Ridout for Arrow Media and was commissioned by Carolyn Payne at National Geographic. 
20 March 2019

Ambitious project to be presented at MIPDoc

The Smithsonian Channel has commissioned award-winning factual producer, Arrow Media, to apply their ratings-winning In Color formula to the UK, with the launch of Britain in Colour. 

Britain in Colour (3 x 60 min) for Smithsonian Channel, follows the hugely successful America in Color, now recognised as one of the network’s most iconic shows.  This ambitious new series will receive an exclusive world preview at MIPDoc on Saturday 6 April and will premiere later this year on Smithsonian Channel in both the US and the UK.

David Royle, Executive Vice President and Chief Programming Officer, Smithsonian Networks, says: “America in Color has been a huge hit in the States and sold around the world. It’s one of the most ambitious colorising projects ever undertaken, and it transforms a gray and distant past into a cinematic experience. Now we are excited to be putting the color back into Britain’s 20th century history.

“Britain in Colour will show the Britain of the past as it’s never been seen before. Arrow Media have uncovered a rich seam of rare footage, important in its own right, but made exquisite and accessible by painstaking research coupled with the skillful hand of the colouriser. We are thrilled to commission this very special series.”

Sam Starbuck, Executive Producer, Arrow Media, says: “Uncovering forgotten moments from history is one thing, but then taking the audience back in time, to be part of that event, through the use of accurate colour, is wonderful.  In Color has proved to be one of our most powerful and immersive archive projects.  We are particularly proud of the way it has connected with the younger generation, making events from the past accessible to a whole new audience.”

Britain in Colour covers one of the most rupturing periods in Britain’s existence - from intimate film of Queen Victoria from the end of the 19th century, to the BBC's first colour broadcast in 1967. Arrow Media are recovering lost images of this period - of wars, depression and social revolution - and bring them freshly rendered to the TV screen. 

Britain in Colour follows three series of America in Color for Smithsonian Channel (totalling 17 hours of programming), as well as Australia in Colour (4 x 60 mins) for SBS made by Sydney’s Stranger Than Fiction Films in association with Arrow Media. All In Color series are distributed internationally by Off the Fence.

"Earlier this year, we were celebrating the success of the America in Color series and seeing a real shift towards programmes of this nature,” adds Loren Syer-Willoughby, Head of Acquisitions, Off the Fence.  “Bringing history to life using groundbreaking new colourisation has proved a winning formula for broadcasters and audiences around the world. We are now about to launch Smithsonian-ordered Britain in Colour, and SBS-commissioned Australia in Colour. Both of these new series demonstrate that there's an increased demand among viewers for new and exciting ways to tell history. Australia with its lesser-known but rich history will surprise viewers, whilst Britain in Colour will bring to life the stories and tales we all know, but in a completely new way."

America in Color has been licensed by 32 broadcast partners internationally including: Amazon India; Bilibili China; Viasat World Limited, CIS/Asia/Eastern Europe; Middle East Broadcasting; and Global Eagle Entertainment Inflight.

Britain in Colour is Exec Produced by Sam Starbuck for Arrow Media, with Tom Brisley as Creative Director.  It was commissioned by David Royle and Chris Hoelzl. Executive Producers for the Smithsonian Channel are John Cavanagh, Charles Poe and David Royle.

There will be an exclusive World Preview of Britain in Colour at MIPDoc on Saturday 6 April, from 1745 to 1830 in the Grand Theatre.



(NEW YORK) – The Vikings are amongst the most feared warriors and ruthless raiders in history. They are also at the center of an incredible mystery. There is evidence that Norseman landed on the coast of North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Beyond this, however, the trail goes cold.  Now archaeologists and explorers Blue Nelson and Mike Arbuthnot will embark on their biggest ever adventure – to find out how far the Vikings explored into America.

To solve this mystery, Blue and Mike will use a combination of state-of-the-art science as well as gripping hands-on experimental archaeology.  Their journey is documented in the new six-part Science Channel series AMERICA’S LOST VIKINGS, premiering Sunday, February 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Blue and Mike begin their mission in L’Anse aux meadows in Newfoundland, on the north east coast of Canada. This settlement is proof the Vikings were here around the year 1000.  But the purpose of the site is still unknown – Blue and Mike aim to solve that mystery and discover where the Vikings explored next.

As they follow the trail of evidence south, they go to extreme lengths to discover how the Viking explorers survived.  To put their theories to the test, they plunge themselves into freezing temperatures to test Viking clothing, row a specially constructed Norse boat through icy waters, and learn to fight with Viking weapons.  It’s a journey that pushes them to their physical limits and beyond – and ultimately takes them further across America than they ever imagined.

“The question of just how much of North America the Vikings explored hasn’t been investigated to this degree,” said Marc Etkind, General Manager of Science Channel. “The latest scientific technology may help us answer just how far they got, where they went and who they encountered.”

Blue Nelson is a historic archaeologist with a focus on artifact analysis, historical research, African American archaeology, and historic race relations. Mike Arbuthnot is a terrestrial and maritime archaeologist whose specialties include submerged prehistoric archaeology and Southeastern U.S. history.

AMERICA’S LOST VIKINGS is produced by Arrow Media for Science Channel. Tom Brisley and Ash Potterton are executive producers for Arrow.  Neil Laird is executive producer for Science Channel. 

Arrow Media , one of the UK’s most ambitious factual independent production companies, is
to launch two programming labels to help fuel its creative growth. Born from the creative
output currently jointly headed by Tom Brisley and John Smithson, sister labels Arrow
Media and Arrow Pictures will represent different aspects of the company’s booming slate.

In just seven years, Arrow has transformed from an indie start-up to a creative powerhouse
turning over £20m a year. Led by a team that has garnered the industry’s most coveted
awards - Emmy, BAFTA, RTS, Peabody and Grierson awards, as well as a Best Film
Oscar®nomination - Arrow’s portfolio now includes hundreds of hours of programming
across science, crime, adventure, nature, documentary and history, for the UK, US and
international markets, across all platforms and formats.

Iain Pelling , Arrow’s Managing Director, says: “We have a huge amount to be proud of -
high end feature docs, quality SVOD factual, cream-of-the-crop directors working with us,
booming US output in the most challenging of markets and, the holy grail, returning hit
series.  “As the content market continues to grow, we want to evolve our position as one of the
‘go-to’ companies for world-class productions. We are also passionate about driving growth
through quality, and these changes enable us to do just that. These two labels will enable
John and Tom to play to their strengths, give our teams more creative freedom and better
articulate Arrow’s breadth and depth.”

● Arrow Media
The Arrow Media label draws on the company’s stellar track record of high-rating,
innovative and returnable content, across the whole factual landscape - from
long-running hit series to ground-breaking singles and specials. 
Tom Brisley will head up the Arrow Media label as Creative Director.

● Arrow Pictures
The Arrow Pictures label builds on John Smithson’s distinguished track record of
award-winning big vision, big budget content, focusing on feature films, feature docs
and high-end series and serials.
John will head up the Arrow Pictures label as Creative Director.

Both labels will work with commissioners, collaborators and co-production partners in the
UK, US and across the globe.

Tom Brisley and John Smithson, Creative Directors of Arrow Media and Arrow Pictures ,
say: “Arrow has grown substantially - and we want to continue to do so. The content
marketplace is packed with new opportunities and we want to be best placed to take
advantage of all the different routes to market. These two sister labels give us the freedom
to stretch our wings both creatively and commercially, whilst offering broadcasters and
platforms the very best in factual programming. It also gives us the opportunity to grow the
full range of content for the benefit of Arrow as a whole. Outstanding content needs passion
and creativity at its core. We have that in spades and want to make the most of it.”

Arrow Media and Arrow Pictures will reside under parent company Arrow International
Media , with John Smithson, Tom Brisley and Iain Pelling on its board.

Arrow was established in 2011 by John, Tom and Iain, a creative and commercial team who
have worked together for over 16 years. The company has had huge success as an
organisation in a very short space of time, including growing its turnover from £8m to over
£20m in just four years.

Arrow has created and produced hundreds of hours of documentary, crime, history, science,
nature and adventure programming for the UK, US and international markets. Arrow’s
clients include Channel 4, BBC, Channel Five, Netflix, Investigation Discovery, Smithsonian,
PBS, Discovery, History US, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Wild,
CuriosityStream, Science Channel, CNN, Travel Channel, Animal Planet and A&E. Arrow’s
reputation is built on its ability to deliver world-class factual content which appeals to
audiences across the world.

Press contact Jill Franklin
07966 313 753


"He’s now shooting a rifle. My vest is rated for a handgun. I might as well have been in a t-shirt behind that tree."  – Deputy Eric Cheek, Volusia County Sheriff’s Department
"I chose to do this job and if I have to risk myself to protect the public, I will." 
– Sgt. Brandon Bartley, Newport News Police Department

 (Silver Spring, Md.) – Taking viewers on the ultimate ride-along, Investigation Discovery announces BODY CAM, a gripping new series that gives viewers their own eyewitness look at the life-or-death instant decisions of policework, as told by officers’ own body camera footage. Offering an immersive portrayal of life on the streets, BODY CAM engages a unique storytelling technique combining the body camera footage with first-hand accounts to virtually place viewers in harrowing moments as the suspense builds and the tension rises. Each episode tells multiple stories of those who vowed to protect and serve in unflinching detail, offering viewers their own personal perspective of officers in life-threatening circumstances. From domestic disputes to ambushes and traffic stops gone dangerously awry, BODY CAM profiles just how quickly seemingly routine situations can escalate into tragic altercations. Produced by Arrow Media, the unfiltered, suspenseful, and heart pounding 10-part series BODY CAM premieres on Tuesday, November 27 at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery, America’s leading true crime and justice network. 
“Body cameras are meant to provide accountability and, while such footage oftentimes faces public scrutiny, we hope that this series will shed some further light on the dangers that officers regularly face in their daily effort to keep us safe,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “Indeed, by showing actual footage of these harrowing encounters, BODY CAM not only offers an intimate and intense look at law enforcement, but also provides the viewer with a visceral sense of what life is like for those who must, on occasion, risk their lives to protect ours.” 
Each story in BODY CAM transports the viewer headfirst into the reality of law enforcement, seeing the world as they see it from the moment they get the call from dispatch. Between body camera and dashcam footage, dispatch and radio transmissions with additional officers on scene, viewers get a completely authentic, front-row seat as the pursuit intensifies. Each story weaves interviews with responding officers throughout to provide critical context to their decisions and to provide a raw understanding of the aftershocks of the drama. At the conclusion of each story, emotional interviews with those who lived through the events provide additional insight to the life-changing, sometimes tragically fatal, moments. 
In the premiere episode, a domestic dispute call in Uniontown, Ohio turns into a violent shoot-out, leaving Sgt David White fighting for his life. The episode ends in Glendale, Ohio, when rookie Josh Helling is forced to pull his weapon on a busy highway when a pedestrian unexpectedly pulls a knife. Additional stories covered this season include: a domestic dispute in Deltona, Fla. escalates into an armed siege as a mother narrowly escapes with a gunshot wound that leaves her children hostage inside the house with the shooter; a brutal crime is caught on camera, sparking a manhunt for a vicious killer in Newport News, Va.; serving an arrest warrant to a sex offender turns deadly in Muldrow, Okla.; Sheriff's deputies battle a deadly fire which quickly turns into a murder investigation in Hudson Falls, N.Y.; an armed man on the loose in Americus, Ga. vows that he'd rather die than go back to jail, murdering two officers in the process; and more. 
BODY CAM is produced for Investigation Discovery by Arrow Media with Nick Metcalfe as executive producer. For Investigation Discovery, Thomas Cutler is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is SVP of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager and Henry Schleiff is Group President, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America. 

**BODY CAM contains graphic scenes of life-threatening and sometimes fatal situations. Viewer discretion is advised.  

Nationwide roll-out to begin November  16th in New York City and Los Angeles

New York, NY / London, UK - October 4th, 2018 – On the eve of its screenings at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Abramorama and UK’s Arrow Media announced today the acquisition of U.S. theatrical distribution rights for Chris Martin’s (The War On Democracy) riveting latest feature Under The Wire.  The documentary is a HISTORY® Films and BFI presentation in association with A&E IndieFilms and BBC Storyville and is an Arrow Media production in association with Vice Films.
Based on the book of the same name by war photographer Paul Conroy, Under The Wire tells the incredible story of Conroy and celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin’s fateful mission in Syria – and Paul’s epic battle to escape the city, to tell the world of his fallen colleague and the plight of the people of Homs. It’s a film about real journalism: about war, and an extraordinary commitment to telling the truth, whatever the cost.  Abramorama will open the film in New York and Los Angeles followed by engagements around the country.  Abramorama has a strong track record for bringing war-related, human interest projects to the forefront, most recently with This is Congo and Disturbing the Peace. 
Tom Brisley, Under The Wire Producer and Joint Creative Director, Arrow Media said, “Under The Wire has been attracting a huge amount of interest from all corners of the globe. Arrow has worked on many significant stories, but this has to be one of the most powerful. Abramorama is widely recognized as one of America's leading distributors of high-profile documentaries and we are delighted to be working with them. They are going to be a very important partner in extending the global reach of this internationally important story."
Abramorama’s Chief Operating Officer Karol Martesko-Fenster added, “We are honored to be entrusted to introduce the American public to Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy’s harrowing true story of their dedication to truth so powerfully and deftly captured by director Chris Martin.”
On 13 February 2012, two journalists entered war-ravaged Syria. One of them was celebrated Sunday Times war correspondent, Marie Colvin. The other was photographer, Paul Conroy.  Their aim was to cover the plight of Syrian civilians trapped in Homs, a city under siege and relentless military attack from the Syrian army.  Only one of them returned.
Under the Wire will be released at the same time as the Matthew Heineman’s feature length film, A Private War, starring Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin. Heineman’s film is based on the Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War” written by Arash Amel.
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UNDER THE WIRE (2018, UK/USA, 95 minutes, English) Abramorama, HISTORY® Films and BFI present in association with A&E IndieFilms and BBC Storyville an Arrow Media production in association with Vice Films “Under The Wire”.  Based on the book by Paul Conroy. Director of Photography Steve Organ. Editor Dudley Sargeant. Co-Producers Stephanie Mavropoulos  Danny Gabai  Michael Kronish. Executive Producers Molly Thompson  Laura Fleury  Mary Burke  Emma Loach  Mandy Chang  Eddy Moretti  Ben Anderson. Producer Tom Brisley. Written and Directed by Chris Martin.  An Abramorama U.S. Theatrical Release. 

About Abramorama
Abramorama is the preeminent global theatrical distribution and rights management partner for documentary and music films today and is recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners. An industry leader in marketing, promotion, and distribution, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience.  

Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy Award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; Amir Bar-Lev's Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Tabbert Fiiller’s The Public Image Is Rotten; Danny Clinch and Pearl Jam’s Lets Play Two; Paul Dugdale and Myles Desenberg’s  Above & Beyond Acoustic -  Giving Up The Day Job; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk; John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’; Brett Bern's BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Brett Morgen and National Geographic’s seminal Jane; Paula Eiselt’s 93QUEEN; Ashley Bell’s Love & Bananas - An Elephant Story; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award® nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog; Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon; and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017. Abramorama recently launched its music-centric film fund focused on the global release of iconic music documentaries.  For more information visit

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Award-winning factual producer, Arrow Media, is expanding its relationship with US Channel Investigation Discovery with the order of two new series.  The commission of The Devil Speaks, a new high-profile crime series, alongside new murder mystery series What Lies Beneath sees Arrow’s portfolio of Investigation Discovery programming grow to over 100 hours. 

Arrow’s stand-out crime series for the channel include: See No Evil, now in its fourth series and an established brand on Investigation Discovery; three series of American Monster, profiling the terrifying criminals that hide in plain sight; new series What Lies Beneath and The Devil Speaks; plus one unnamed series also in production.

Sam Starbuck, Executive Producer, Arrow Media, says: “The real emotion and nail-biting jeopardy of true crime stories make for some of the most compelling content on TV.  We now have a huge amount of expertise - not just in finding the best of these stories, but telling them in the most visceral and gripping way possible.  Arrow’s forte is using real footage. It’s difficult to track down and sometimes even more difficult to get access to, but it’s the key in bringing these stories to life with genuine power and authenticity.”

The Devil Speaks (6 x 60 mins) features some of America’s most thrilling real-life murder investigations.  Using a combination of real footage, interviews, dramatic reconstruction and archive, The Devil Speaks puts the voices of the victims and perpetrators themselves at the heart of the storytelling.  From police interviews to wire-taps, recorded phone-calls and voicemails, each story hangs on crucial audio evidence - the key to a deadly chain of events. 

Real footage of a different kind is at the heart of What Lies Beneath (6 x 60 mins).  Featuring some of the America’s most compelling real-life murder investigations, Arrow uses its signature combination of archive, drama reconstructions and interviews to to immerse viewers in the world of people whose lives are about to be overturned by a brutal murder. Flashes forward to the murder trial give clues as to what is about to unfold.  This innovative way of using real courtroom footage - including the actual evidence of police, family members and eye-witnesses - creates a riveting whodunnit thriller.

Tom Brisley, Joint Creative Director, Arrow Media, says: “Investigation Discovery is one of the most successful genre channels in the world and our crime content gets a global audience through the channel’s huge reach.  We are delighted to be growing our relationship with them.”

The Devil Speaks and What Lies Beneath are Executive Produced by Sam Starbuck.  

Award-winning factual producer, Arrow Media, and UK sales agency Drive have inked their first collaboration deal on new show Flights from Hell (6 x 60 mins).  The series, commissioned by Channel 5 in the UK, is the first collaboration between the two companies, with Drive securing a range of international pre-sales to co-finance the series, and Arrow responsible for all aspects of the production. 

Tom Brisley, Joint Creative Director, Arrow Media, adds: “This series is a great addition to Arrow’s slate of factual entertainment shows.  A part of our growing portfolio of programming for Channel 5, it delivers edge-of-the-seat storytelling, emotional eyewitness interviews, fascinating experts and super-smart science in an accessible and compelling format. We are confident that it’s going to do well internationally and are delighted to be working on our first project with Drive.”

Ben Barrett, Joint Managing Director, Drive, says: “Arrow have been at the forefront of aviation-related programming for many years, so when a number of our international clients indicated to us that they were interested in a series of this nature, we knew they would be the right partner. They have created a truly thrilling series that we are proud to have as part of our carefully-curated catalogue.”

Flights from Hell (6 x 60 mins) reveals what it’s like to live through catastrophic events onboard an aircraft.  The series combines gripping UGC footage and compelling testimony from passengers, placing the audience right in the moment of these real-life horror stories.  The background science to each event is brought to life with the help of experts, CGI reconstructions and official investigation footage, delivering insights into what went wrong. Each episode is themed and the series covers Mechanical Failure, Pilot Error, Landings, Terrorism, Extreme Weather, and Passengers.  The jaw-dropping stories include a small passenger aircraft that ditched off the coast of Hawaii which led to an attempt to survive in shark-infested waters; a mistake in the cockpit that caused an airliner to crash land and slide down the runway for over 2,000 feet; and the passenger who confronted a terrorist threatening to bomb his plane.

Flights from Hell builds on Arrow’s huge body of aviation-related programming.  Created for a wide range of broadcasters, it includes: Ultimate Airport Dubai for National Geographic Channel (three series, 30 x 60 mins in total); Planes That Changed The World, Smithsonian Channel (3 x 60 mins); Mayday: The Passenger Who Landed A Plane, Channel 4 (1 x 60 min); Terror In The Skies, Channel 4/Smithsonian Channel (4 x 60 min); and Jumbo: The Plane That Changed The World, BBC Two/Discovery Canada/Smithsonian Channel (1 x 60 and 1 x 120 min).

The series is Exec Produced by Ash Potterton and Series Produced by Stuart Strickson and will air on Channel 5 this summer. 

The series will be distributed internationally as World’s Worst Flights.  It joins Arrow’s other Channel 5 commissions in the global marketplace - World’s Greatest Mountains, distributed by EOne and Inside Balmoral, distributed by FremantleMedia.


London - 22 May 2018 - Dogwoof, London-based documentary distributor and international sales agents, have acquired Chris Martin’s (The War on Democracy) latest feature UNDER THE WIRE for world sales outside the US, and UK distribution. Presented by HISTORY® Films (in association with A&E IndieFilms), BBC Storyville and the BFI, based on the book Under the Wire by Paul Conroy, the film is produced by Tom Brisley and Arrow Media in association with Vice Films.

Under the Wire will make its World Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and its international premiere at AFI DOCS in June, followed by UK and US theatrical campaigns in the autumn.

Under the Wire is a powerful account of legendary Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy’s mission to Homs, Syria in February 2012. Their assignment was to cover the plight of trapped Syrian civilians under siege by their own government. Tragically, Colvin was killed when the international media centre was hit by Syrian Army artillery fire; despite being critically injured, Conroy had to find a way make it out alive.

Under the Wire is directed by Chris Martin and produced by Tom Brisley, co-founder of Arrow Media. The film has been supported by HISTORY® Films (in association with A&E IndieFilms), the British Film Institute with National Lottery funding and BBC Storyville. Molly Thompson is Executive Producer for HISTORY® Films. Mary Burke is Executive Producer for the BFI. Emma Loach and Mandy Chang are Executive Producers for the BBC. Eddy Moretti and Ben Anderson serve as Executive Producers for Vice Films.

“With journalists under attack around the world, the story of Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy is important and timely,” said Molly Thompson, Sr. Vice President, A&E IndieFilms. “From Cartel Land to Life, Animated, Studio 54 and more, Anna and her team have been an important global sales partner for us. We look forward to working with Dogwoof to bring Under the Wire to a global audience.”

"What an incredible, powerful story. A&E IndieFilms continue to deliver world-class, heavy-weight films that matter and Dogwoof is proud to partner with them for Under the Wire and continue our relationship of getting these urgent, essential films to a global audience." Anna Godas, CEO, Dogwoof

“It’s exciting for A&E’s distribution arm to be working with Dogwoof on this project. They are renowned for being a global force in the documentary industry, bringing only the highest of quality programmes to life. This partnership allows Under the Wire to reach its full potential and be enjoyed by audiences all over the world,” adds Richard Tulk-Hart, MD International Distribution and Co-Productions, A+E Networks.

Tom Brisley, Joint Creative Director at Arrow Media and the film's producer says: "Right from the very beginning, I knew that this was a project Arrow had to be involved in. Arrow has brought many stories to life, but this must be one of the most significant we have ever worked on. It has been inspirational working with A&E IndieFilms, the BFI, BBC Storyville and all our partners in this project and I want to thank them for their support and trust in allowing us to make this film. We are thrilled to be working with Dogwoof to extend the global reach of this important story."

Director Chris Martin says: "The story of Marie's final assignment to Homs stands out as a shining example of pure journalism. A stunning commitment to telling the truth, to making a difference, and to saving lives - whatever the cost. I only hope we have done it justice.''

Mandy Chang, Commissioning Editor BBC Storyville says: A&E and the BFI are the kind of co-production partners we love to work with. We are very proud of this important film made by Chris Martin and Tom Brisley for Arrow Media and of course we are thrilled too that Dogwoof, who Storyville has always had strong ties to, will give the film the wide global audience it deserves.

On 13 February 2012, two journalists entered war- ravaged Syria. One of them was celebrated Sunday Times war correspondent, Marie Colvin. The other was photographer, Paul Conroy. Their aim was to cover the plight of Syrian civilians trapped in Homs, a city under siege and relentless military attack from the Syrian army.

Only one of them returned.

This is their story.


Management buy-back follows significant business growth since Channel 4

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

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

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.

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.

 -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. 


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.