The Robert Halmi library has a new home. Halcyon Television has been formed by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, the media company that acquired Sonar Entertainment last month.
Sonar had been headed by CEO David Ellender for the past two years. Halcyon is billed as a high-end scripted production company that is already shepherding multiple development projects. At present Halcyon’s roster of shows, inherited from Sonar, includes Amazon’s “Hunters” and Disney Plus’ “Mysterious Benedicts Society.”
Sonar acquired Halmi’s RHI Entertainment assets out of bankruptcy in 2012. Sonar itself hit a cash flow crunch in 2019 after committing to a slew of projects. 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 help accelerate our company’s strategy to build the leading independent AVOD network in three ways. It will expand our original content development pipeline with high-end content, increase our IP rights ownership and provide a faster path to growing our international TV production and distribution activities,” said CSSE chief executive William J. Rouhana Jr.
Also staying with Ellender at Sonar is Matt Loze as president of scripted entertainment.
Sonar’s track record prior to the sale included such short-lived series as AMC’s “The Son,” MTV’s “The Shanara Chronicles” and FX’s “Taboo.”
“We look forward to building a valued asset library for the company and creating a new vision for the future of TV while continuing the company’s mission of positive entertainment that lifts the human spirit,” said Ellender.
CSSE has has a growing collection of AVOD channels after acquiring Crackle from Sony Pictures last year. It also owns the Screen Media indie film distributor.
The RHI library includes about 3,000 hours of TV movies and miniseries produced in the 1980s and ’90s by industry legend Robert Halmi Sr.