Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) was established in 2015 as a co-financing and co-production division of RLJ Entertainment.
We invest in original productions and on behalf of our distribution arm, Acorn Media International, acquire distribution rights in:
North America – where we also run our SVoD service, Acorn TV.
UK & Eire
Australia & New Zealand
Rest of world – where we partner with larger distributors for their global reach
Our investment begins from treatment and/or 1st draft script stage and we have a comprehensive infrastructure comprising Legal, Rights, Clearances, Finance and Sales.
Current co-productions include British mystery series AGATHA RAISIN based on the novels by MC Beaton, taut thriller series LONDON KILLS created by Paul Marquess, KEEPING FAITH currently filming its second series, the campsite-set comic drama PITCHING IN, female-led detective drama QUEENS OF MYSTERY with Sly Fox and new comedy series from actor Amy Huberman, FINDING JOY.
RLJE, of which AME is a subsidiary, owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited, which manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths MISS MARPLE and POIROT.
AME also owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series FOYLE’S WAR and co-produced FOYLE’S WAR series 8 & 9.
Focused on premiering and promoting world-class mystery, drama, comedy, and factual programming, Acorn TV is North America’s premier SVOD service for television at its best from Britain and beyond. Launched in 2011, Acorn TV quickly established a reputation as “an alternate universe of terrific British shows” (Los Angeles Times) and reaches almost one million passionate fans of international television. Boasting extraordinary subscriber growth year on year since launch, Acorn TV was named the #1 streaming service in the U.S. by Consumer Reports in 2016, and in 2015 became the first niche streamer to earn an Emmy® nomination.
Acorn TV premieres garner regular coverage from top press outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, and more. With millions of monthly impressions from earned and paid media; an engaged, active subscriber base; and marketing partnerships with leading OTT/distribution platforms including Amazon, Apple, and Roku, Acorn TV continues to expand its North American footprint, further solidifying its status as “Netflix for the Anglophile” (NPR).
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premium digital channel company serving distinct audiences primarily through its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel). These have rapidly grown through development, acquisition, and distribution of its exclusive rights to a large library of international and British dramas, independent feature films and urban content.
RLJE’s titles are also distributed in multiple formats including broadcast and pay television, theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, and a variety of digital distribution models (including EST, VOD, SVOD and AVOD) in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE co-produces and develops new programmes and owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited. Investors in RLJE include Chairman Robert L. Johnson and AMC Networks.
The international licensing and distribution business for RLJ Entertainment. For over 30 years, Acorn has successfully managed and distributed best-selling dramas, mysteries and other series, including MIDSOMER MURDERS, LINE OF DUTY, THE FALL, DOC MARTIN, A PLACE TO CALL HOME and many more. From broadcast to streaming, DVD to digital,
Acorn effectively exploits content in all formats across all distribution channels, including direct-to-consumer via its proprietary digital channel and website. Acorn optimizes the value of content by skilfully managing pricing, windowing and promotion across all formats and distribution channels. Acorn has offices in the US, UK and Australia and works with strategic partners to distribute to other territories around the globe.