News round-up: The CW buys Cineflix’s ‘Coroner’; IWC secures C4 order; GRB acquires unscripted duo


The CW claims Cineflix’s Coroner

US network The CW has picked up CBC’s drama series Coroner after striking a deal with Cineflix Rights.

The 16 x 60-minute show, from Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films and Cineflix Studios, follows a recently widowed, newly appointed coroner who investigates any suspicious, unnatural or sudden deaths in Toronto.

Peter Emerson, president of Cineflix Media, said: “We are thrilled to be signing this deal with The CW Network. Coroner has proved a huge hit around the world and we’re confident US viewers will take to Dr. Jenny Cooper with just as much enthusiasm as audiences elsewhere.”

Coroner was the highest rated new Canadian drama in more than four years, reaching two million viewers when the season launched on the CBC., according to Cineflix. NBCUniversal International Networks has acquired rights in various territories= to the show, which aired in the UK on its Universal TV channel.

IWC secures C4 Location special

Channel 4 kin the UK has ordered an 18 x 60-minutes series of Location, Location, Location: 20 Years In The Making (w/t) from Banijay’s IWC.

The show will bring together some of the most memorable stories from the past 20 years of the show, exploring different themes such as the toughest markets over the years, to million-pound homes and first-time buying.

Mark Downie, creative director of IWC, said: “Over the last twenty years, on Phil and Kirstie’s watch, property became a British national obsession. This new series offers their peerless perspective on how, over two decades, the dips and swoops of the property market have transformed Britain and by extension changed the lives of every one of us.”

GRB acquires unscripted duo

US producer and sales company GRB Studios has acquired two original unscripted series for international distribution.

The two shows, originally produced by general entertainment television network INSP and distributed by Imagicomm Entertainment, are adventure series Turquoise Fever; and the lifestyle show featuring artisans from across the country, Handcrafted America.

Hud Woodle, EVP of international distribution at GRB Studios, said: “Turquoise Fever follows a dynamic family through the trials and tribulations of turquoise mining while Handcrafted America sheds light on the talented work of craftsmen. Audiences around the world are sure to appreciate these fun and entertaining family-friendly shows.”


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