Welsh Independent TV production company Tinopolis acquires BASE Productions

Welsh Independent TV production company Tinopolis has acquired US production company BASE Productions.  The deal followings Tinopolis’s recent US acquisition, A. Smith & Co.  BASE Productions, founded by its joint CEO’s John Brenkus and Mickey Stern, is a vertically integrated production company with its own studio and production facilities at its headquarters in Burbank, California and offices in Washington DC.  BASE is a supplier of television to many networks.  Amongst its best known programs are Sport Science, a long-running series for ESPN, Known Universe and Fight Science for National Geographic, Police POV for Tru Tv with its innovative use of police actuality footage and Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.

Tinopolis, backed by private equity firm Vitruvian Partners, owns Question Time producer Mentorn, sports production company Sunset+Vine, Pioneer and US network producer A. Smith & Co.  The company produces around 1,600 hours of drama, factual, entertainment and sports programming each year for more than 200 broadcasters worldwide.  The acquisition is part of its diversification and growth strategy and strengthens its already substantial US factual entertainment business.

BASE Productions will be able to tap into the company’s worldwide resources and enjoy enhanced access to the UK for its non-scripted productions.  It will continue to maintain its independence as a production company.  Mickey Stern joins the main board of Tinopolis and will continue to lead BASE alongside his co-CEO, John Brenkus.

Tinopolis Executive Chairman Ron Jones said: “We have admired the Company built up by John and Mickey for some time.  They have established a business based on great creativity and impressive business common sense.  BASE is a producer trusted and respected throughout the industry and alongside A. Smith & Co we now have a US business with depth and breadth of coverage. BASE has experience and formats with the potential to be successful world-wide.  This will be a major opportunity for our distribution company, MINT, and reinforces our plans to build a portfolio of brands and formats that work internationally.”

UK, Carmarthenshire & USA, Los Angeles, CA

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