Acorn Media International is a division of Acorn TV, North America’s most popular streaming service for British and international television. With offices in the UK and Australia, Acorn Media International licenses a catalogue of compelling TV programmes and feature films to broadcasters and media platforms around the world. These include Agatha Christie’s And
Then There Were None & The Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Raisin, Foyle’s War, Keeping Faith, The Bletchley Circle and Line of Duty. Through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, Acorn TV commissions and co-produces new programmes for its leading SVOD service and Acorn Media International. Its growing catalogue features a wide range of popular
and award-winning TV dramas including Kay Mellor’s Love, Lies and Records & Girlfriends; Irish legal drama Striking Out; BAFTA-winning comedy Detectorists, Series 3; Anglo-Welsh thriller Keeping Faith and the second series of the much-loved Agatha Raisin, starring Ashley Jensen in the title role, based on the best-selling novels of MC Beaton.
Representing all territories outside of North America, Acorn Media International’s titles are also distributed by them in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming. Acorn TV is owned by RLJ Entertainment, Inc.
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 nearly 500,000 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 features 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 International, its UK development arm, RLJE co-produces and develops new programs and owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited. Investors in RLJE include Chairman Robert L. Johnson and AMC Networks.
Acorn Media International (AME) was established in 2015 as a co-financing and co-production division of RLJ Entertainment, escalating Acorn TV’s involvement in shows from their outset.
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, Irish legal drama STRIKING OUT, Stephen Poliakoff’s period drama CLOSE TO THE ENEMY, female led detective drama QUEENS OF MYSTERY with Sly Fox and new comedy series from actor Amy Huberman, FINDING JOY.
AME have development and first-look deals with a number of independent producers. We have a housekeeping deal with Sly Fox, run by Linda James and Tim Vaughan, the producers of QUEENS OF MYSTERY; a development and a first-look deal is in place with Free@last, the producers of AGATHA RAISIN; and we have projects in development in-house, which we will co-produce with top English-language independent production houses.
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.