‘Crazy Rich Asians’ SK Global studio acquires critical content from MTV’s producer ‘Catfish’

Producer of “Crazy Rich Asians” SK World acquired Critical content, the unscripted producer behind shows like MTV’s “Catfish” and Netflix’s “Get Organized with The Home Edit”, Anchorage Capital Group.

The deal marks independent studio SK Global, which was formed in 2016 with the merger of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Ivanhoe Pictures, into the unscripted space, with the Emmy-winning critical content creating a reality fare for them. broadcasters, cable channels and streamers. The unscripted production company also owns a stake in UK-based Renowned Films.

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Along with MTV’s ‘Catfish’ reality TV series and ‘Get Organized With the Home Edit’ and ‘World’s Most Amazing Vacation’ Netflix series, Critical Content also has projects in production and in development with a long list of platforms. forms, including: Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Peacock, Hulu, Roku, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, The CW, MTV, BET, Discovery / Discovery plus, E !, Bravo, USA, A&E, Lifetime, TLC, TBS, Oxygen, Animal Planet, Freeform, Food Network, OWN, HGTV, WeTV, Travel Channel, Showtime, Crackle and YouTube Originals.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Following the acquisition of Critical Content by SK Global, Tom Forman will continue to serve as CEO of the unscripted production company and Jenny Daly will remain President.

“SK Global is in growth mode, and this acquisition represents the expansion of our content and capabilities with the addition of the unparalleled and unmatched expertise of Critical Content,” said SK Global President Sidney Kimmel and the co-managing director John Penotti. “Tom, Jenny and the Critical Content team have built a powerful business that excels in non-fiction and has successfully grown their business with a wide range of programming across all major streaming platforms. Critical Content’s prowess in reality series and specials presents the perfect complement to SK Global’s award-winning feature film and scripted television business. Our intention is to create the best large-scale independent content company, with the ability to tell stories in all formats and genres. “

Penotti Co-Managing Director Charlie Corwin added, “Since becoming Co-President and CEO of Endemol Shine Americas, I have seen reality shows so requested by audiences and buyers. I believe there is a great opportunity in the reinvention and resurgence of the global format business. In fact, our mission is to create culturally specific story franchises that are accessible to a global audience through brand extensions. Now, with Critical Content, this approach applies to film and television, scripted and unscripted.

SK Global was replaced in the case by Eisner LLP and Bryor Media Partners. Anchorage Capital Group was represented by Sheppard Mullin and ACF Investment Bank.

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