New York-based Transform Films has appointed Emmy award-winning film and television industry veteran Beth Fraikorn, as Head of Content, Development and Partnerships.
Nick Stuart, CEO and President of Transform Films, announced this change on May 30. The move signals a more definitive push by the brand—known for producing independent, critically acclaimed documentary films—to expand into series development for the commercial marketplace.
“Transform Films has established itself as a top-tier storyteller and maker of award-winning films with remarkable access and deeply fascinating characters,” said Stuart. “Beth Fraikorn’s savvy and experience will be a tremendous asset to the Transform team as we move forward and broaden our development and production platforms to include more series and new and different content and formats.”
Recognized as an established industry expert with a deep acumen in content development and distribution, Fraikorn has performed as a growth-catalyst for varied corporate divisions at Disney, NHK and Time-Life. Her keen focus on creating entertaining content and revenue has led to successes in building companies and corporate expansions, such as Disney IDEAS.
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She also established NHK’s first US HD studio, and recaptured a Disney division for increased growth and revenue. Previously, Fraikorn also founded Remarkable Content Group, a premiere sales agency known for its game-changing approach and placement of hundreds of hours of original and library content into domestic and global TV markets. She has developed and placed television series with nearly every broadcaster and streaming service.
Most recently, she headed up Alternative Content for one of Canada’s largest independent production and distribution companies.
“It is a gift to work with the incredible Transform Films team to export their ability to tell engaging and entertaining personal human stories to series,” Fraikorn said in a statement. She added, “Together, we will build on and expand the proven high-quality storytelling of all types of human relationships into a variety of genres.
In addition to the Emmy, Fraikorn has served as a judge for various industry awards and is currently Chair of the Non-Fiction and Documentary Committee for the Producers Guild of America, East. Fraikorn is frequently invited to comment on industry trends, and is slated to speak at the upcoming Realscreen West Summit in early June 2019.
Transform Films creates extraordinary, thought provoking and entertaining non-fiction content. The result is critically acclaimed films with impact about important issues affecting lives–including the Peabody-winning film Newtown, which premiered on PBS’ Independent Lens; the Peabody-nominated film The Rape of Recy Taylor, on STARZ; Lessons from a School Shooting: Notes from Dunblane, on Netflix; Milwaukee 53206, which premiered on PBS’ America ReFramed; and Serving Life, created with Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker for OWN —the first original film commissioned for the OWN Documentary Club.
Transform also recently completed The Accidental Activist, with comedian/actor and The Daily Show alumnus Aasif Mandvi, and created the newly released digital series and multimedia resource Healing the Healers. Among the upcoming films slated to release in the next year are Run for his Life and Salaam Shalom: Muslim and Jewish Women Unite Against Hate.
Reel 360 wishes Fraikhorn the best of luck.
Source: Transform Films