Published On: Mon, Sep 14th, 2015

Kill Your Friends movie partners, Len Blavatnik launch UK production company

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Billionaire, Warner Music owner, Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries (AI) teaming with Kill Your Friends producer Gregor Cameron and Grammy-nominated songwriter Amanda Ghost, former US president of Epic Records, to launch UK production outfit Unigram.

Unigram ahead of the premiere of adaption of John Niven’s ‘Kill You Friends’ at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. The new company says that music, or the music business, will also be central to all other future projects

AI will back the new venture and have a first-look at new projects on the slate.

Ghost, a six-time Grammy-nominated songwriter has previously collaborated with singers including John Legend, Beyonce and Florence Welch.

She said: “Combining the artistic and commercial power of music and film is not a new concept, but in today’s multifaceted and ever-changing music industry, the opportunity to join forces with other platforms within the media is now an exciting prospect.

The musice executive added “Alongside exploring and revisiting existing catalogues, original music will be developed and produced utilising both marquee writers and producers in executive production roles, and a network of established songwriters to create musical content that will live inside and alongside the projects.”

The new company’s founders say that Unigram “will draw on our inter-industry strengths, as we actively seek to partner with leading artists and music labels on the development and pre-production of an eclectic mix of film, television, and alternative media properties integrating new artists, music catalogue and film to produce truly unique, new projects”.

Cameron added: “Our Shazam project is the story of an incredible era when the music business and the rest of the world changed forever.

“It’s a great example of where we want to be, at the cross-section of music, film and new media. We’re delighted to be partnering with Tim and Dhiraj on such an exciting next chapter for Unigram.”

Blavatnik’s Warner Music also recently announced ambitions in the music film space via an alliance with London-based Catalyst Global Media, while Universal Music chief Lucian Grainge has indicated that his company has more plans in the film and TV space on the back of its recent success with the Amy Winehouse biopic.

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