Coming to an EIS fund near you

by | Jan 6, 2017

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From the company that brought you The Plague of The Zombies and One Million Years B.C., comes a new financial blockbuster.

The Hammer Films EIS Fund 2016/2017 is a joint production between film and television producer and financier Motion Picture Capital, and iconic British production company Hammer.

The fund, which is likely to be a limited offer and be closed by April, has been put together to give investors the opportunity to invest in production companies focused on producing, owning and commercialising film and television productions associated with the Hammer brand. Minimum investment is £10,000.

It will sit alongside Motion Picture Capital’s existing EIS and SEIS funds and will only be accessible through a financial adviser.

Hammer Films was founded in 1934 and has made over 210 feature films across the horror, thriller and fantasy genres.

Its portfolio includes The Curse of Frankenstein, The Mummy and Dracula, The Faces of Dr Jekyll, The Curse of the Werewolf, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Reptile, The Plague of The Zombies, One Million Years B.C., and The Nanny.

With the advent of colour television in the 1970s, Hammer focusing on commercialising its large library of classic intellectual property. Recently however, a new management team kick-started the brand and released new productions, including The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe. It became the highest grossing British horror film on record at the UK box office on its release, taking £21.3m in its home territory and going on to gross over $130m worldwide.

Motion Picture Capital, which was established in 2011, focuses on producing and financing independent film and television productions through accessing private, family office and institutional investments. Credits include films and television shows such as Sense8, which was written and executive-produced by the Wachowskis (The Matrix trilogy) for Netflix; Come And Find Me, starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad); and, Hampstead, starring Diane Keaton (Annie Hall) and Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter). It has just completed production on Kodachrome.

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