History, BFI, BBC Storyville present “Escape from Homs”

By Daniele Alcinii December 12, 2017

History Films, the BFI and BBC Storyville, have boarded filmmaker Christopher Martin‘s feature-length war documentary Escape From Homs as producing partners.
Produced by London-based indie Arrow Media in association with Vice Films, the 90-minute docu-drama will chronicle the experiences of celebrated Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy in February 2012 as they attempted to cover the plight of Syrian civilians trapped in the war-ravaged city of Homs, Syria during the Arab Spring.
The film features exclusive interviews with those involved, woven together with never-before-seen footage, to provide an in-depth look into Conroy and Colvin’s journey into Homs, and Conroy’s escape from the war-torn city. Colvin was killed when the international media center was hit by Syrian Army artillery fire.
Escape from Homs is based on Conroy’s 2013 book Under the Wire: Marie Colvin’s Final Assignment.
Following a theatrical run, History in the U.S. and BBC4 in the UK will provide Escape from Homs with its television premiere.  
Escape from Homs has been supported by A+E Networks for History Films, the British Film Institute with National Lottery funding and BBC4.
Executive producers on the film include Molly Thompson for History Films, Mary Burke for BFI, Emma Loach for BBC, and Eddy Moretti and Bengt Anderson for Vice Films. Arrow Media co-founder Tom Brisley serves as producer, with co-producers Danny Gabai and Michael Kronish.
History Films is part of the A+E Feature Films group, which includes the award-winning label A&E IndieFilms (City of Ghosts, Life, Animated, Cartel Land).
“The Siege of Homs was a living hell for civilians, and the bravery of journalists like Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy, who willingly step into the line of fire, is astonishing,” said Molly Thompson, senior VP of feature films at A+E Networks, in a statement.  “We are honored to be working with Chris and Arrow to tell Colvin and Conroy’s story.”
“Marie Colvin and Paul Conroy’s commitment to the truth, and to bearing witness to the suffering of ordinary people in Syria, in spite of the immense danger to themselves, is a testament not just to the true spirit of journalism, but also to the best of who we are,” added Martin.
“This is a story that needs to be told. From the moment Chris first talked about it, I knew it was something Arrow had to be involved in, because telling compelling and important stories is at the heart of what we do,” Brisley also added.

UK independent production company Arrow Media has secured re-commissions from US channel Investigation Discovery for two of the network’s highest rating shows, See No Evil and American Monster, enhancing its position as a leader in the true crime genre.
See No Evil, which launched in 2015, is one of Investigation Discovery’s most successful shows and will be returning for its fourth series in 2018. Produced with Canada-based production company Saloon Media, the 16x60’ series has also been recommissioned by Canadian French-language broadcaster Canal D and will reveal more shocking murder mysteries - one CCTV clip at a time.
In addition, Arrow is set to produce series three of American Monster (12x60’), which has also been greenlit by Investigation Discovery. The hit series uses original home movie footage to reveal the twisted double lives led by America’s most terrifying killers before they were finally apprehended. 
Tom Brisley, Arrow’s Co-founder & Joint Creative Director says: “Over the past few years we’ve built a really strong working relationship with ID. It’s been great to once again work with them to continue making exciting and captivating true crime content. Bit by bit the shocking truth behind some of the worst crimes ever committed are revealed using real footage from CCTV cameras and home movies to make every episode utterly compelling. We’ve brought our expertise as innovative storytellers to draw viewers in and immerse them in the worlds of these cases.” 
Tom Brisley serves as Creative Director and Sam Starbuck as Executive Producer on both series. Ash Potterton is also Executive Producer on See No Evil and Tom Keeling is Series Producer for Arrow while Michael Kot is Executive Producer for Saloon Media. Lucie Rideout serves as Series Producer for American Monster. 
Series four of See No Evil will be distributed internationally by eOne. 


 -Six-part Series Premieres Sunday, Nov. 5 at 10PM-
If you thought you were safe at home, think again! Wild creatures and other pests who should be living outdoors make their way into your house on Animal Planet’s new series, INTRUDERS.  The six-part series reveals real-life stories of homeowners fighting back to reclaim their homes when they’ve been invaded by snakes, over-run with rats, crawling with cockroaches and broken into by bears, among other invasions.  INTRUDERS premieres Sunday, Nov. 5 at 10PM.
Determined to make dwellings their own, creatures and pests gnaw, slither and smash their way in. First-hand story telling along with home videos and dramatic recreations tell the stories of those who fight through fear and the unknown to keep their families safe and take back their indoor and outdoor spaces.  No matter the outcome, home will never be the same again.
“Intruders is full of edge-of-your-seat drama, giving audiences an intimate look at homeowner’s worst nightmare. These are the ultimate can’t-look-away stories, told as only the people who lived through them can,” said Erin Wanner, Vice President of Production, Animal Planet. 
"Animal Planet is the perfect home for Intruders, a series packed full of compelling and dramatic stories that take place right at the intersection where the people and animal worlds collide,” said Howard Swartz, Executive Vice President of Development and Production, Arrow Media. 
INTRUDERS is produced for Animal Planet by Arrow Media where Nick Metcalfe and Howard Swartz and serve as executive producers. For Animal Planet, Lisa Lucas is executive producer and Patrick Keegan is supervising producer. 

ID Commissions Arrow’s “Hear No Evil”

April 12, 2017

True crime network Investigation Discovery has commissioned the new six-part sister series Hear No Evil from UK indie Arrow Media.
Hear No Evil (pictured; 6 x 60 minutes) uses archive material and authentic audio recorded at the crime scene as captured by victims’ families, investigators and the killers themselves to reconstruct each unlawful act.
The show is a sister series to See No Evil, which uses CCTV as the central source material.
Each episode of Hear No Evil also features first-person testimony, dramatic reconstructions, video archive and computer graphics to complete the narrative that ultimately lead to murder.
“By building the series around audio rather than visual elements we are letting the viewer’s own imagination and instinctive fear of the unknown come to the fore,” said Tom Brisley, co-founder and joint creative director at Arrow Media, in a statement.
Arrow Media’s Brisley serves as creative director, with Sam Starbuck as executive producer and Tom Keeling as series producer. Investigation Discovery’s Liz Massie, meanwhile, is credited as executive producer.