Investing in Global Media and Entertainment
Atlantic Nomad Inks Slate Financing Deal With IPR.VC 16.04.2021
Long Term Partnership Forged With Multi-Year Deal, Multi-Project Deal Covering Development and Production in Television and Film
April 13, 2021 – It was revealed today that Jamie Carmichael and Simon Mirren’s London and Los Angeles based production label Atlantic Nomad has closed a television and film slate financing deal with Finland based venture capital fund manager IPR.VC.
IPR.VC’s investment funds are primarily focused in the media and entertainment space as the firm creates long-term collaborations with exceptional entrepreneurs and operators in the sector. The deal here provides overhead and development financing for Atlantic Nomad, focusing on premium TV, with documentaries and feature films in consideration on a project-by-project evaluation basis.
Through its relationship with IPR.VC, Atlantic Nomad will be able to offer exclusive access to premium production financing.
With the ability to fund development, Atlantic Nomad will be aggressive in identifying and pursuing IP across all genres.
Atlantic Nomad currently has co-productions set up in the US, UK, Ireland, and Australia, and is currently exploring English language projects in France and Canada.
Said Carmichael, “We’re delighted to be in business with Timo and Elisa at IPR. The deal has given us the independence and flexibility we were looking for, and has allowed us to get off to a fast start with our projects all over the world.”
IPR.VC Managing Partner Timo Argillander said, “We are excited to be in business with Jamie and his team. Atlantic Nomad’s outstanding slate, along with its ambitions and ability to deliver are second to none and a perfect fit with IPR.VC’s funds’ Entertainment portfolio.”
The deal was negotiated by IPR’s Elisa Alvares, along with David Quli at Wiggin for IPR.VC, and Anwen Griffiths at Lee and Thompson for Atlantic Nomad.
Alvares said, “Atlantic Nomad has an international and audience focused attitude that combined with their instinctive and bold approach really makes their projects undeniable.”
Atlantic Nomad started in 2018 when two of the industry’s most accomplished and respected LA-based Brits, Jamie Carmichael and Simon Mirren, teamed to launch the new hybrid-modelled, artist-friendly TV and film label.
Carmichael was the President of Film at Content Media for 15 years where he oversaw all of the company’s film activities, acquiring, producing and distributing over 250 titles including “The Cooler,” “Thank You For Smoking,” “Transamerica,” “Ironclad,” “Fish Tank,” “Black Book,” “The Pact” and the Scientology documentary “Going Clear,” to name a few. Prior to content, Carmichael was Head of International Distribution.
Mirren is widely known for writing and producing hit TV series like “Criminal Minds” (for which he was Showrunner) for Touchstone Television and CBS, “Without a Trace” for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and CBS, and “Third Watch” for NBC. Mirren also wrote for popular British television series “Casualty,” “Waking the Dead” and “Spooks” and most recently co-wrote, produced and show-ran “Versailles,” the acclaimed 10-part Canal Plus series dramatizing the life of Louis XIV of France.
Carmichael and Mirren have known each other for over 20 years and their likeminded creative visions and business philosophies, coupled with new market opportunities, led to the formation of Atlantic Nomad.
Operating out of both London and Los Angeles, Atlantic Nomad is a platform agnostic creator of high-end, mainstream TV programs and films for a global audience with a mandate to identify and nurture creative talent worldwide.
IPR.VC closes IPR.VC Fund II at 65 million to invest in Media and Entertainment 16.04.2021
IPR.VC is pleased to announce that it has raised a total of EUR 65m at the final closing of IPR.VC Fund II. The Fund invests in film and TV in European and Northern American companies and production slates. The investments are done with selected strategic partners that include growing film and TV studios, distribution partners, and content immaterial rights developers.
The Fund received commitments from a diverse base of Finnish institutional investors, including private and public pension and unemployment funds, Tesi, KRR Fund-of Fund, family offices, foundations, and IPR.VC Fund managers.
The effects of the corona crisis on our fund’s field of activity, the TV and film sector, are positive due to the growth of streaming services and the growing demand for content.
The IPR.VC team is comprised of different backgrounds and long experience in the media and investment industries. IPR.VC has previously backed companies including U.S. genre specialist XYZ Films and Nordic animation firm Gigglebug Entertainment.
Helsinki-based alternative investments fund manager IPR.VC is founded in 2014. It is currently managing two funds. The management company is owned by its managers.
Gigglebug and Zodiak Kids To Co-Produce New Comedy Series For Disney Channel EMEA 06.10.2020
Zodiak Kids Studio France, part of Banijay, and Gigglebug Entertainment, the leading creator and producer of original kids content in the Nordics, today announced that they are co-producing The Unstoppable Yellow Yeti, an original animated comedy series for kids aged 6+ and their families, which has been co-commissioned by Disney Channel Europe, Middle East & Africa and Nordic broadcasters YLE, DR, NRK, and SVT.
The original concept was created by Gigglebug Entertainment’s Joonas Utti (Creative Director) & Anttu Harlin (CEO) and co-developed by Zodiak Kids, Gigglebug Entertainment and Disney EMEA. Joonas Utti & Anttu Harlin will direct and produce respectively alongside Zodiak Kids Studios Head of Content Development Gary Milne as Creative Producer. The Executive producers for the series are Benoit di Sabatino (Zodiak Kids) and Anttu Harlin (Gigglebug Entertainment).
The Unstoppable Yellow Yeti is an off-beat comedy series set in a quirky little town above the Arctic Circle, where it is winter all-year-round, and monsters are strictly forbidden. The series follows the unexpected adventures of an unlikely trio of friends: surfer-boy-newbie Osmo, his no-nonsense cousin Rita, and the enormous, outrageous and unstoppable Yellow Yeti!
Production began Summer 2020 and the series is set to launch in 2022. The series marks first time Disney and YLE have co-commissioned a series.
Anttu Harlin, CEO and co-founder of Gigglebug Entertainment said:
“At Gigglebug we aim to positively impact the lives of children around the world by spreading joy through our work, and no character is more outrageously delightful than the Yellow Yeti himself! The coming together of Zodiak, Disney, YLE and our creative team at Gigglebug has been great fun and together we look forward to sharing with kids everywhere our exuberant fish-out-of-water comedy about the power of friendship and belonging.”
Zodiak Kids holds international distribution right to the series.