For Amcomri, quality service and high levels of trust are the two major factors we look for in our partners and that gives us the confidence to offer a fully global distribution network to our producer clients, enhancing the sales levels whilst substantially reducing the execution and collection risks.
Over the years many independents have noted the limited distribution possibilities for independent movies in the North American and European markets and it became apparent that the independent sector was under-served by the existing providers. So the Amcomri team set about finding ways to provide the producers of this content with a distribution network that would maximise distribution and ensure remittance of proceeds, improving net margins.
In 2014 Amcomri acquired a majority stake in 101 Films, a fast-growing distributor of movies into the UK physical and digital markets. Led by CEO, Andy Lyon, 101 Films had focused on the minority cult and specialist sectors. With Amcomri’s assistance, the business quickly widened its slate to include representation for a broad range of independent productions in the UK and Irish markets. 101 Films enjoys strong relationships with all the major retailers and digital platforms in the UK and Irish markets and was recently chosen as a launch partner for the new iMDB platform.
With content in high demand globally, 101 Films has deepened its relationships with platforms such as Netflix concluding digital rights deals across their worldwide platforms.
With increased success and penetration into the independent producers market, Amcomri Entertainment extended its offering to a worldwide perspective, incorporating 101 Films International to build a network of like-minded, trusted sales agents and distributors around the world.
Through 101 Films, Amcomri Entertainment acquired the business and assets of Metrodome and Tartan Palisades who had both operated in the UK home entertainment market. Whilst these businesses had fallen into Administration following difficult trading conditions, their libraries, containing over 1,000 titles, are now represented by 101 Films alongside its own fast-expanding library.
With the UK distribution business of 101 Films growing rapidly, some of the major Hollywood studios approached Amcomri Entertainment to re-construct the Hollywood Classics business (which had earlier fallen into Administration) in order to distribute back-catalogue content on a global basis. Hollywood Classics International represents Universal Pictures and other Hollywood majors as well as a fast-growing number of independent catalogue right owners distributing mainly physical media into markets around the world. The growing number of digital platforms streaming content to users has now led to Hollywood Classics International also providing a digital rights sales agency service to the same major and independent clients.
Founded as Amcomri Film Partners and represented in North America by Michael Walker, Senior Vice President – Productions, Amcomri Productions was originally founded to provide “Play or Pay” and bridge production financing for independent productions such as “Rabid”, “She Never Died” and the forthcoming “10 Double-Zero”.
After building experience in the production financing arena, it was a natural extension for the business to commence production of its own content, often in partnership with other independent producers. During 2021 alone, Amcomri produced titles such as Take Back, Every Last One of Them, Code of Silence and the latest in the series of “Left Behind” titles, Left Behind – Rise of the Antichrist which is now in post-production and due for a theatrical release in Q3 of 2022.
In early 2020, Amcomri Entertainment teamed up with Jonathan Ford to create Abacus Media Rights with a view to extending our distribution capabilities to TV and documentary content. Jonathan was previously an executive at Kew Media, based in London, and his experience has enabled Abacus to rapidly achieve a strong position distributing scripted and non-scripted content on a global basis.
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