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New Production Company Launched For High-End TV & Feature Films

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A new European executive production company has been launched which will target the development of high-end television and feature films.

Created by former long-term Apple executives, Sebastien Janin and Andy Docherty, together with ex-Warner Bros. executive Chris Law, Media Musketeers will initially invest in a raft of high-end scripted television projects, with plans to release up to eight series per annum, representing a forecast aggregate production output of €1bn over the next five years.

The company has already established a presence in the UK, Netherlands and France, with plans in place to create compelling drama for international distribution by supporting the production community and helping broadcasters compete for high budget projects. It sets itself apart from others in the field through the trio's experience in marrying traditional film and TV production practices with digitally connected distribution, social media and data-centric practices.

Managing Partner, Andy Docherty, said: "Our shared mindset, experience and contacts across both the media and tech sectors, ideally position us to exploit opportunities that have been brought about by digital technology, shifts in consumer behaviour, and their convergence within an established industry unable to respond easily to radical change. Through our innovative business model, we aim to serve and reward creative talent around the world."

Chris Law, Managing Partner commented: "As content remains king in driving user engagement and digital connectivity transforms the rules underpinning the media industry, we are keen to ensure that, in addition to delivering mass market entertainment, our production investments build customer relationships and provide meaningful insights on how best to tell stories and serve viewers."

Sébastien Janin, Managing Partner, added: "The company is positioned from the outset as a truly international venture, with local partnerships and presence in key markets. Given this perspective and the significance of the UK market as a creative production hub, with a vibrant independent sector, we are in talks with a potential partner who will act as our local eyes and ears, informing and representing the venture’s interests."

The trio expect to announce a number of world-class financial and third-party partnership deals in the coming months, alongside the signing of a slate of development projects on both sides of the Atlantic.
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