A+E Networks has entered an international distribution deal with multi-disciplinary studio Pulse Films and its wholly-owned formats and entertainment company East Entertainment. As part of the multi-year partnership, A+E will be the worldwide distributor for both East and Pulse’s format and unscripted TV output. The deal helps A+E in its ambition to provide “provocative, award-winning content” throughout its global network, including its own channels and sales partners.
Pulse and East are working on contemporary documentaries, formats and factual series which are increasingly sought out internationally. The company has expanded greatly in the past year, hiring Patrick Vien as President, along with Managing Director Roy Ackerman (former MD of Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions) and Creative Director Emma Cooper (commissioning editor on Channel4’s Chicken Shop; Teens; and Angry, White And Proud). The Unscripted division now has projects in the pipeline for broadcasters across the UK and U.S.
Pulse was founded in 2005, and is based in London with outposts in LA, New York, Paris and Berlin. Its credits include feature films such as Andrea Arnold’s American Honey which is set to debut in Competition in Cannes this month; Robert Eggers’ The Witch; and Sundance pic All These Sleepless Nights. TV credits include Payday (Channel 4), When Bjork Met Attenborough (Channel 4) and Sleeping With The Family (MTV International).
In 2015, Pulse also launched East, led by Nathan Eastwood – producer of The Cube and creator of E4’s Bad Robots. Vice Media recently took a majority stake in Pulse, which remains independently run by co-CEOS and founders Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford.