Indie set up by Durham County showrunner Adrienne Mitchell

Cineflix Media has signed a first-look deal with Coroner exec producer Adrienne Mitchell and her new Canadian label BentFrame Film & TV. 

Adrienne Mitchell & Zach Marcovici - Apr 2022

 Zach Marcovici and Adrienne Mitchell

The company will have first refusal to co-produce original content developed by Mitchell, and will also provide BentFrame with access to development support from its in-house scripted production arm Cineflix Studios.  Distributor Cineflix Rights will also get exclusive first-look rights to distribute BentFrame’s content internationally. 

Mitchell was previously co-founder of Durham County producer Back Alley Films, which Cineflix recently acquired alongside its content library. Mitchell and her co-founder Janies Lundman exited Back Alley to pursue new opportunities, with Mitchell subsequently announcing BentFrame.  

Mitchell is an award-winning television director and showrunner, steering numerous auteur-driven series including Durham County, mystery thriller Bellevue, starring Anna Paquin, and World War Two-era Bomb Girls. She is currently exec producing and directing the fourth series of global hit procedural Coroner.  

Toronto-based BentFrame will develop and produce ambitious female-driven dramatic series and feature films.  

The indie already has projects in development with broadcasters and international co-producers. Zach Marcovici, previously of Back Alley Films, joins BentFrame as director of development and production.  

“Adrienne has a powerful vision that aligns with Cineflix Media’s content strategy. We’re delighted to continue our support for Adrienne and Zach through a development and distribution agreement with BentFrame,” said Peter Emerson, president, Cineflix Media. 

Most recently with BentFrame and Back Alley, Cineflix has been increasing its M&A and organic growth activity to build a portfolio of global production interests. Last year, the Canadian company partnered with renowned producer and investigative journalist Jacqueline Bynon through her More to the Story Media label. It also invested in Coroner showrunner Morwyn Brebner’s Husk Media and set up First Story Productions with former Cineflix Media Charles Tremayne.  

Cineflix partnered with Tony Wood to launch joint venture Buccaneer in the UK, spawning numerous acclaimed series including ITV’s Marcella, Crime for BritBox and Whitstable Pearl for Acorn TV.