Round-up: Cineflix lands NA sales; CBC & Discovery+ order miniatures show; MENA’s E-Junior strikes Moonbug deal

Wizard Of Paws

Cineflix lands NA sales

Nat Geo Wild, A&E and Discovery are among North American broadcasters to acquire a slew of new programming following deals with Cineflix Rights.

Seasons one and two of The Dodo and Nomadica Films’ Wizard Of Paws is heading to Nat Geo Wild, while Blue Ant Media in Canada has also bought season one of the show.

CBC Gem has picked up My Big Family Farm and Five Years on The Farm from Renegade Pictures and Motion Content Group, as well as Living On The Veg from Rock Oyster Media and The Day Will And Kate Got Married from Finestripe Productions.

A&E has taken seasons one and two of Killer Cases from Law&Crime Productions, while Investigation Discovery has acquired season three of Homicide: Hours To Kill from Cineflix Productions.

Bell Media Canada has also acquired two movies: I Was Lorena Bobbitt and An Ice Wine Christmas, both from Cineflix Productions.

“This has been a busy spring with lots of demand for some of our latest heart-warming series reflecting a desire for content that moves and uplifts viewers. Alongside this content, our refreshed slate of high quality true crime continues to sell well, as do our growing number of movies,” commented Lucinda Gergley-Garner, SVP of sales for North America and German-speaking territories, who closed the deals.

Best In Miniature

CBC & Discovery+ think small for miniatures show

CBC in Canada and Discovery+ in the UK and Ireland have ordered Best In Miniature, a new competition series from Marblemedia.

The 10 x 60-minute series will debut on CBC later this year, followed by Discovery+ in the UK and Ireland in 2022. Distribution360 holds worldwide rights to the format and finished programme.

Hosted by writer and stand-up comedian, Aba Amuquandoh, the series will pit 11 highly skilled artists from across the world against one another by challenging them to build their dream home in miniature-form.

The competitors will create their houses, in painstaking detail, room by room by shrinking life-size objects to 1:12 scale.

UK miniature expert Emma Waddell and Canadian designer Micheal Lambie will judge the precision and design technique, with miniaturists being sent home each week until only three remain for the last competition in the grand finale.

“Best in Miniature is everything audiences want in a reality-competition show; unique, intricate skill, passionate characters, and exciting challenges driven by creativity”, commented Matt Hornburg, executive producer and co-CEO of Marblemedia.


MENA’s E-Junior strikes Moonbug deal

E-Junior, the MENA-based SVOD owned by telecoms operator Etisalat, has partnered with US-and-UK kids content company Moonbug Entertainment to bring shows such as Blippi and CoComelon to the region.

The deal will see 270 episodes of Moonbug content made available, with its top-performing show CoComelon in both English and Arabic, and other titles including Little Baby Bum.

Moonbug’s content introduces children to universal themes that have proven to transcend across different languages and regions” said Nicolas Eglau, MD EMEA and APAC, Moonbug. “We are thrilled to partner with Etisalat to expand Moonbug’s reach and deliver our programming to new audiences across the MENA region.’

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