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ACF sell Base Productions to The Tinopolis Group

Sports Science

ACF Investment Bank are pleased to announce their second market leading US deal in the last 6 weeks – the sale of Base Productions Inc to the Tinopolis Group.

ACF acted as advisors to Mickey Stern and John Brenkus, Co-CEO’s of Base Productions, initiating the next exciting phase of growth for the company.

For further information about this deal, please call + 44 (0) 207 467 9600       


Base Productions is a ten-time Emmy and ten-time IDEA Award winning US production company known for breaking new ground for cutting-edge reality, documentary and unscripted programming.

Based in LA and Washington DC, Base is best known for ESPN’s high profile Sports Science as well as Fact or Faked, Known Universe and many more programmes. This transaction bolsters the Tinopolis Group’s presence in the US and adds further depth to the group’s market leading position in sports related TV.

Completing the sale of A. Smith & Co Productions and Base Productions six weeks apart is testimony to our intentions to extend our market leading position in Europe and continue to develop a market leading position in the US.


“We cannot overstate the value that ACF brought to us. Richard Gray, Thomas Dey and their associates went well beyond the role of bankers of M&A advisors, serving more as trusted strategic partners throughout the process. Their skill and insight are exceptional. However – and perhaps more important – throughout a long and complex process they never lost focus on the mail goal, and they never failed to present a positive attitude in the face of challenging negotiations. Richard and Thomas are allies, not vendors, and they offer a combination of technical ability and entrepreneurial attitude that is rare in this industry.”

Mickey Stern and John Brenkus, CEO's Base Productions Inc