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Drama Awards 2019

Cineflix alum Kimble becomes Fugitive

The former senior VP of acquisitions and coproductions in North America for Cineflix Rights is launching his own content development, financing and executive producing company.

Anthony Kimble

Anthony Kimble, who left the UK-based distribution arm of Cineflix recently after five years, will debut his new company, Fugitive Content, at Series Mania in Lille next week with two new shows, including Alex Gibney’s latest project.

Working across scripted, unscripted and formats, Kimble will initially represent projects from his first international clients, Australia’s Essential Media Group (Jack Irish, Saving Mr Banks) and Topic (Spotlight, Risk), the storytelling brand and entertainment studio from US-based First Look Media and Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions.

At Series Mania, Fugitive will represent Topic and Jigsaw’s Uncanny Valley: The Truth About Thinking Machines, a six-hour hybrid event series about artificial intelligence and the future of mankind.

Combining non-fiction from Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief, Taxi to the Dark Side) and fiction from sci-fi author Cory Doctorow (Walkaway, Rapture of the Nerds), Uncanny Valley explores how AI is remaking our world and probes the financial and social interests behind its rise.

The second project, from Essential Media Group, is The Line, an eight-hour returnable, female-driven thriller set in the Second World War, which Kimble will also executive produce. While a historical story, The Line is said to strike a contemporary tone and covers issues about the sexes that still resonate today.

The series has been created and written by Yolanda Ramke, the award-winning screenwriter and director of the first Australian Netflix Original feature film, Cargo, which starred Martin Freeman.

Fugitive’s other key client at launch is GRB Studios, producer of the Emmy-winning reality series Intervention and high-profile series Untold Stories. Here, the focus is on unscripted content and Kimble will be attending MipTV next month to seek partners and finance for new projects on GRB’s slate.

Drawing on Kimble’s experience in programme strategy, coproductions, sales and acquisitions, gained from working in businesses such as National Geographic and Channel 5, Fugitive will primarily work with producers, agents, broadcasters and other content platforms to get programming off the ground.

A key focus is on finding and securing best-fit project partners and financing, but Kimble’s creative expertise, coupled with a script development qualification from the National Film and Television School, will also see him work with writers and producers at the content development stage.

Kimble, who previously ran a consultancy of the same name, said: “I am thrilled to have Fugitive up and running and most delighted that my first projects are such strong titles – and involve incredible talent like Alex Gibney and Yolanda Ramke.

“It’s always a risk setting up a new business but I have hit the ground running thanks to the early faith invested in me by Chris Hilton at Essential Media, Lisa Leingang at Topic and Gary R Benz at GRB Studios. I am enjoying combining my creative and commercial skills on projects that I am passionate about, and look forward to growing my portfolio with equally impactful content.”

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