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Sales round-up: ‘Children Ruin Everything’ for Roku; US Capitol riot doc travels worldwide; ‘DinoCity’ in demand  

‘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 alum Mike Cosentino links with Fremantle on prodco launch

Bell Media’s former content chief Mike Cosentino has launched a new production outfit and struck a deal that will see it working with Fremantle on new programming from Canada. CosMediaInc will look to uncover, support and deliver Canadian productions to global audiences, working with Fremantle on both scripted and unscripted IP. The deal comes six […]

Canada’s Bell Media & Germany’s RTL snap up ‘Leverage: Redemption’

Bell Media in Canada and Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland in Germany have acquired the broadcast rights to the first season of action crime revival series Leverage: Redemption. The 16-episode spin-off to Leverage is set to debut on Amazon-owned free streamer IMDb TV in the US on 9 July, with the show now headed to these territories […]

Round-up: BBC ups Helen Munson to daytime & early peak commissioner; Noovo orders ‘I Can See Your Voice’ Quebec; FilmRise & Nelvana ink 800-hour distribution deal

BBC ups Helen Munson to daytime & early peak commissioner UK pubcaster the BBC has promoted Helen Munson to commissioning editor for daytime and early peak. Based in North East England, Munson will report to Carla-Maria Lawson, the BBC’s head of daytime and early peak. In her new role, she will support suppliers in the […]

Canada’s Bell Media cuts another 200 jobs in latest ‘streamlining’

Canada’s Bell Media has made another swathe of job cuts, with senior execs reportedly among more than 200 employees being laid off. The layoffs have affected those working in TV and news, as well as administration and sales, according to local trade organisation Unifor. Bell Media did not confirm the number of employees affected but […]

Discovery Canada’s Edwina Follows departs as Bell Media restructuring continues

Discovery Canada’s general manager Edwina Follows has become the latest senior exec to depart as part of the major overhaul at Bell Media. Follows had overseen development, programming and independent production for the factual giant’s Canadian joint venture which it operated with Bell. Her exit comes after more than 15 years with Discovery Canada, which […]

TBI Weekly: Seven trends to look out for in 2021

2021 is off to a busy start. We’ve seen senior content execs depart in North America, global streamers hiking their prices in Europe to pay for new shows, and IP-owning behemoths such as Disney further proving their immense clout. Here are seven stories from this week that point to what we can expect in the coming months. […]

Bell Media’s content chief Mike Cosentino out amid streaming restructure

Canada’s Bell Media has restructured its senior management team with execs including content chief Mike Cosentino and SVP of original programming Corrie Coe departing. Tracey Pearce, president of distribution & pay, is also leaving, alongside Nanci MacLean, VP of Bell Media Studios, and VP of regulatory affairs Kevin Goldstein, according to Canadian reports. The exits […]

Kids round-up: Crave acquires ‘Denis’ YouTube hit; Nat Geo Kids extends ‘Dino Dana’ in LatAm; Hopster launches on ComHem Play+

Canada’s Crave acquires ‘Denis’ YouTube sensation Bell Media-owned Canadian SVOD Crave has acquired the first season of animated series Denis And Me, featuring YouTube personality Denis Kopotun. Debuting next week as part of WOW Unlimited Media’s WOW! World Kids Collection on the streamer, the series originated on Kopotun’s YouTube channel, which currently has more than […]

Bell Media president Randy Lennox to step down in 2021

Canada’s Bell Media has appointed telco boss Wade Oosterman as its new president to replace Randy Lennox, who is stepping down. Lennox has been president at the Canadian media giant since 2015, having previously been Universal Music Canada’s president and CEO, where he worked with talent including Justin Bieber. The exec rose to the top […]