The Robert Halmi library has a brand new house. Halcyon Television has been fashioned by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, the media firm that acquired Sonar Entertainment final month.
Sonar had been headed by CEO David Ellender for the previous two years. Halcyon is billed as a high-end scripted manufacturing firm that’s already shepherding a number of growth initiatives. At current Halcyon’s roster of reveals, inherited from Sonar, consists of Amazon’s “Hunters” and Disney Plus’ “Mysterious Benedicts Society.”
Sonar acquired Halmi’s RHI Entertainment belongings out of chapter in 2012. Sonar itself hit a money circulation crunch in 2019 after committing to a slew of initiatives. The sale of Sonar to Cos Cob, Conn.-based Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE) was confirmed April 9.
“The formation of Halcyon Television will assist speed up our firm’s technique to construct the main unbiased AVOD community in 3 ways. It will develop our authentic content material growth pipeline with high-end content material, improve our IP rights possession and supply a quicker path to rising our worldwide TV manufacturing and distribution actions,” stated CSSE chief govt William J. Rouhana Jr.
Also staying with Ellender at Sonar is Matt Loze as president of scripted leisure.
Sonar’s observe document prior to the sale included such short-lived collection as AMC’s “The Son,” MTV’s “The Shanara Chronicles” and FX’s “Taboo.”
“We look ahead to constructing a valued asset library for the corporate and creating a brand new imaginative and prescient for the way forward for TV whereas persevering with the corporate’s mission of optimistic leisure that lifts the human spirit,” stated Ellender.
CSSE has has a rising assortment of AVOD channels after buying Crackle from Sony Pictures final 12 months. It additionally owns the Screen Media indie movie distributor.
The RHI library consists of about 3,000 hours of TV films and miniseries produced within the Eighties and ’90s by business legend Robert Halmi Sr.