Newen Studios acquires Rise Films as documentaries and factual dramas grow

Teddy Leifer

France’s Newen Studios has acquired a majority stake in Rise Films, the British documentary producer originally Icarus and The Unseen War.

The London company was founded in 2006 by Teddy Leifer and has also been behind documents such as The switches, Joint, Dream Catcher, We are together and The Art of Political Murder, the latter executive produced by George Clooney. Its latest feature is anything that breatheswhich was acquired in a worldwide deal by HBO and HBO Max.

The American streamer also took over George Carlin’s American Dream of Rise, while the prodco Once upon a time in Londongrad was acquired by Sky Documentaries and NBCUniversal.

His next slate includes a first factual drama with Thank you goodbyeon the phone-hacking scandal that rocked Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

Philippe Levasseur

Rise said all permanent staff have “benefited directly” from the deal, which does not include the Rise Comedy joint venture. The latter, led by plebs creator Sam Leifer, will continue to be operated independently.

New growth

The acquisition is Newen’s latest expansion, after the TF1 group-owned operator secured an additional €50 million ($56 million) investment from financier Anton to secure distribution rights for the film and documentary production. earlier this year.

The company already has links with an array of documentary producers, ranging from Winner Sigrid Djekjaer (Real Lava), Tomas Ocana (Capa Spain), Natalie Humphreys (Storyboard), Aster Reinboud (Docs by Pupkin) and Parisian team Capa and the feature documentary producers of Flare Films (Germany).

Philippe Levasseur, International Director of Newen Studios Group, said: “The partnership with these very talented people adds another solid brick to the foundations of our European studio. The appetite for documentaries is stronger than ever. Teddy is an avid producer and team player; his team is in perfect harmony with our network of producers of premium documents.

Newen has transformed since being acquired by French broadcaster TF1 in 2015, tripling in size through acquisitions such as Spain’s iZen Group and Germany’s Flare Films, as well as the launch of Ringside Studio in the UK. .

TF1 Studio was merged with Newen Studios in early 2020 and the company is now present in eight countries, with prodcos such as Newen France, Reel One based in North America and the UK, De Mensen in Belgium and Tuvalu in the Netherlands. Down.

Leifer added, “Joining the Newen Studios Group was an easy decision for us and we are excited to work with their talented team as we build together. I am so grateful to my wonderful colleagues at Rise for their hard work and creativity. It is a privilege to work alongside them. »