Former Cineflix Rights executive Anthony Kimble has launched Fugitive, a new content development and financing company working across scripted, unscripted and formats. Fugitive has signed Australia’s Essential Media Group, Topic and GRB Studios as their first clients. They will launch Essential Media’s The Line and Topic’s Uncanny Valley: The Truth About Thinking Machines at Series Mania.
Fugitive will draw on Kimble’s experience in programme strategy, co-productions, sales and acquisitions and work with producers, agents, broadcasters and other content platforms to get innovative programming off the ground. A key focus is on finding and securing best-fit project partners and financing, but Kimble will also work closely with writers and producers at the content development stage.
The Line is a female-driven WWII period drama that will strike a very contemporary tone and also cover issues about the sexes that still resonate today. The eight episode drama, which is envisioned as a returnable series, was created by Yolanda Ramke – the award-winning writer and director behind Netflix’s first Australian Original feature film Cargo, starring Martin Freeman. Fugitive founder Anthony Kimble will serve as an executive producer on the series.
Uncanny Valley: The Truth About Thinking Machines is described as a six-hour hybrid event series about A.I. and the future of mankind that will combine elements of non-fiction and fiction. The series explores how A.I. is remaking our world, but also probes the intricate financial and social interests behind its rise – ultimately questioning our unwavering faith in the virtue of technology. It hails from Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison of Belief) and science fiction author Cory Doctorow. Topic and Jigsaw Productions are producing.
“I am thrilled to have Fugitive up and running and most delighted that my first projects are such strong titles – and involve incredible talent like Alex Gibney and Yolanda Ramke”, Kimble said. “It’s always a risk setting up a new business but I have hit the ground running thanks to the early faith invested in me by Chris Hilton at Essential Media, Lisa Leingang at Topic and Gary R Benz at GRB Studios. I am enjoying combining my creative and commercial skills on projects that I am passionate about, and look forward to growing my portfolio with equally impactful content.”