‘Children Ruin Everything’ for Roku
Roku has acquired upcoming Canadian comedy Children Ruin Everything as its first non-US original.
The half-hour comedy, which was created by Schitt’s Creek writer Kurt Smeaton, will make its exclusive US debut on The Roku Channel next year.
The series, which is produced by New Metric Media and distributed by Bell Media, is due to launch on CTV in Canada. It tells the story of a married couple who struggle to retain their old selves while being parents.
“Children Ruin Everything represents an exciting step in the growth of Roku Originals as we continue to build up our slate with a great variety of originals from all over the world,” said Roku’s head of scripted Colin Davis.
US Capitol riot doc travels worldwide
Canal+ and HBO Europe are among a slew of global broadcaster and streamers to acquire Dan Reed’s upcoming documentary Four Hours At The Capitol.
The feature-length film, which is due to debut on HBO in the US and BBC Two in the UK, delves into the storming of the US Capitol which took place earlier this year.
Distributor Abacus Media Rights has struck deals with Canal+ in France, ViacomCBS Australia, Discovery New Zealand for Three, HBO Max in Latin America and Iberia and HBO Europe for CEE, VPRO in The Netherlands, VRT in Belgium, DR in Denmark, SVT in Sweden, NRK in Norway, YLE in Finland, SWR in Germany and Channel 8 in Israel.
Jonathan Ford, MD at Abacus, commented: “This is a unique and astonishing story told through key participants and insiders, who together create a 360-degree view of one of the most incredible incidents Washington has ever witnessed.
“The documentary, which has no voice over, relies on the dramatic retelling of the shocking events which resonated throughout the world, delivering a sobering view of democracy today.”
‘DinoCity’ in demand
Discovery Italia has acquired free TV rights to preschool series DinoCity, among a range of deals struck for the show by distributor APC Kids.
The series, which is produced by Riki Group in partnership with Animax Production animation studio, is headed to Discovery Italia’s Frisbee channel, while All Media Latvia in the Baltics has secured non-exclusive SVOD rights.
APC Kids has also licensed free TV rights to TG4 for the Republic of Ireland and Minika for Turkey.
Lionel Marty, MD of APC Kids, commented: “After receiving a hugely positive response to the show’s premiere, we’re delighted to be building on the success of DinoCity by announcing new global broadcast partners.”