News round-up: NPO extends ‘Anonymous’; Euro buyers snag Paramount’s ‘Ex-Wife’; Canada’s Gem preps ‘Telling Our Story’

Anoniem (aka Anonymous)

NPO extends Anonymous

Dutch broadcaster has NPO extended its thriller Anoniem (aka Anonymous) into a second season.

The show is from Banijay’s NL Film, which coproduces alongside BNNVARA.

The drama fllows a history teacher and prosecutor who relentlessly battle the criminal underworld, fighting for the safety of their family.

Banijay Rights handles international distribution.

Euro buyers snag Paramount’s Ex-Wife

TV4 (Sweden), MTV (Finland), NPO (the Netherlands), Stöð 2 (Iceland), Virgin (Ireland) and Eitb Media (Basque region Spain) have acquired Paramount+ drama The Ex-Wife.

The show has been co-produced by Night Train Media, Clapperboard Studios and BlackBox Multimedia. It is based on author Jess Ryder’s book of the same name and debuted on Paramount+ in the UK last year.

All3Media International has already sold the show to BritBox in the US, as well as CBC and Radio-Canada.

A multi-territory deal covering rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia sees the four-part thriller air on Pickbox, in addition to Paramount+ in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, OSN in the Middle East, TVNZ in New Zealand and Paramount+ in Australia.

Canada’s Gem preps Telling Our Story

Canada’s Gem is preparing to launch four-part docuseries Telling Our Story, which explores Indigenous diversity, territory and stories.

The show is from Terre Innue in association with CBC Docs and is directed by Kim O’Bomsawin, with Francine Allaire producing.

It looks to provide a re-teling of history from an Indigenous point of view, connecting natural scenery with tales, traditions and protagonists from 11 First Peoples – 11 cultures speaking 11 different languages – who inhabited what’s now Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.

They are: Abenaki, Anishinaabe, Atikamekw, Cree of Eeyou Istchee, Innu, Inuit, Kanien’kehá:ka, Mi’kmaq, Naskapi, Huron-Wendat and Wolastoqiyik.

Narrator Kaniehtiio Horn said: “The time has come to speak out, to decolonize history and to celebrate the beauty of our cultures.

“To be able to present our series in one of the most influential and important international festivals in the world represents for us an immense honor and reward,” said producer Francine Allaire and director Kim O’Bomsawin. “This is an homage to the hundred Indigenous women, men and youth who put their trust in us to share their stories.”

Worldwide distribution is by Off The Fence.

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