IPR.VC Invests in THE RED HARLEQUIN YA Fantasy Book Series
(London, United Kingdom, June 20, 2018) Leading Finnish media fund IPR.VC has entered an agreement to fund the development of a TV series based on Roberto Ricci’s YA Fantasy book series, The Red Harlequin. The agreement was reached with the author and his agent Lisa Hryniewicz, who have consequently co-founded Pantomimus Media, a limited company that will hold and develop all rights to The Red Harlequin.
The agreement will see IPR.VCinvested in the immediate development of a TV series and the long term, multi-platform strategy of the YA fantasy property, which currently encompasses five books (with five more planned over five years), a graphic novel (with a second in production), and several licensees (music, jewellery).
Timo Argillander, Managing Partner at IPR.VC, commented, “The Red Harlequinis a unique and compelling IP whose content can easily extend from books and comics to a plethora of formats and adaptations, such as TV, music, video games, film and licensing. We are confident that The Red Harlequinwill become an exciting phenomenon.”
“We are thrilled that the team at IPR.VC has joined us in developing The Red Harlequinas a global entertainment franchise,” added Roberto Ricci, creator of The Red Harlequinand Managing Director of Pantomimus Media. “IPR’s strategic support will be instrumental to itssuccess as a quintessential 360transmedia property and we are very excited to be working together to make it happen.”
IPR.VCis a dynamic venture capital investment company specialised in funding digital media content, for both domestic and international markets. Since its launch in 2015 the company has already amassed an impressive and varied portfolio of content including: Scandinavian crime drama Bordertown,distributed byFederation Entertainment; animated preschool show Gigglebug currently airing on Milkshake, YLE and SFR; and feature film How to Sell a War, directed by Rudolph Herzog, to name a few.
The first stage of IPR.VC’sinvestment in The Red Harlequin TV series development has kicked off with newly formed Pantomimus Media, in association with Executive Producer Rick Porras. Porras’ previous credits include: Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (co-producer, and second unit director); Robert Zemeckis’ Contact andForrest Gump; and most recently, Sony London Studio’s upcoming title, Blood & Truth– a high-octane action narrative game, developed exclusively for PlayStation VR (performance capture directing).Porras will draw on his singular experience in ground-breaking, fantasy mega-projects, to oversee both the creative aspects of the TV production as well as its long-term 360 strategy.
The Red Harlequin saga features Asheva, an aspirational teenager living in a complex world divided among Chrome Nations, where everyone lives hidden behind a mask. Drawing inspiration from events such as the Arab Spring, Indignados and Occupy Wall Street, The Red Harlequinis a visually stunning and highly engaging allegory on society, religion, politics, morality and revolution – and a mirror of the current youth and populist movements currently shaking the globe.
The first five The Red Harlequinbooks are sold on Amazon where they have topped several best-seller lists. French language rights are held by Editions Ada, a specialist in Youth, YA and Adult fiction such as Divergent(Veronica Roth), Merlinseries (T.A. Baron), Fablehaven(Brandon Mull), Beyonders(Brandon Mull), and the Sweepseries (Cate Tiernan). The graphic novel rights are represented by leading European agency VIP Brands (Ivanka Hahnenberger).
For more information see: www.theredharlequin.com
Founded by Timo Argillander, Tanu-Matti Tuominen and Jarkko Virtanen in 2015, IPR.VC is a venture capital investment company specialised in digital media content.We are currently investing through IPR.VC Fund I, a Finnish venture fund of 20M€ total capital from professional institutional investors.
IPR.VC is looking for excellent media content creators and products to finance them and to help them to have international business. The funding gives the content creators and developers more influence for their products and productions commercialisation.
As a target company segment, IPR.VC serves unlisted, small, early-stage media and entertainment companies that produce replicable media content products, from mobile to big screen, aas well as physical goods for international markets.
The Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (FIN-FSA) has registered IPR.VC Management as Alternative Investment Fund Manager. IPR.VC Management follows Invest Europe Professional Standards and IPEV Valuation Guidelines in investor reporting and valuation of investments.
About Roberto Ricci
Roberto Ricci is a fiction, short story and screenplay writer, with first-hand experience in dealing with diversity and children. During his long and varied career, he has worked as a journalist, been an officer in the Italian Army and a Senior Executive at Rainbow, a leading international children’s entertainment company. A true citizen of the world, he also attended NYU and the European Business School. He has lived in Tokyo, New York, Rome, Milan, Paris, and London. Even more importantly, Mr. Ricci has children of his own, so he continually re-experiences the world with a fresh perspective, through their eyes.
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