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Broadcasters bag IFC’s Bang Bang and Bunk

Canadian distributor Tricon has sold a pair of comedy shows to The Comedy Network. The Canadian specialty channel, which is operated by Bell Media, has acquired 30x30mins Comedy Bang! Bang! (above) and 10x30mins Bunk. Both comedy series are part of US cable net IFC’s growing slate of originals. Tricon inked a deal with IFC last […]

Chairman exits as Bell-Astral names post-merger top team

Astral Media’s chairman will exit the firm following its merger with rival Bell, as part of a major management reshuffle that sees Jacques Parisien take a key role. Upon closure of the merger, André Bureau will exit the company to continue work with law firm Heenan Blaikie. Also exiting is Astral’s long serving president of […]

Bell’s $3.4bn Astral deal approved with conditions

Bell Canada Enterprises’ C$3.4 billion (US$3.2 billion) acquisition of rival Astral Media has been approved, but it must sell resulting holdings in local networksincluding Disney Junior and Cartoon Network. Canada’s media regulator the CRTC has greenlit to deal, which has been in the works for more than a year, providing BCE adheres to a series […]

Orphan Black finds UK home

BBC Three has acquired BBC America-coproduced drama Orphan Black and concurrently commissioned a workplace doc series. The first deal sees the UK public channel acquire Orphan from stablemate BBC Worldwide. The 10-part thriller series themed around a street smart young adult orphan who witnesses the suicide of a woman that looks exactly like her and […]

Lionsgate, DHX team for CTV sitcom

Lionsgate Entertainment and DHX Media have gone into production on Satisfaction, a new half-hour comedy about the lives of three young adults for Canadian network CTV. The 13x30mins series comes from Tim McAuliffe and stars Ryan Belleville (The L.A Complex), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) and Leah Renee (The Playboy Club) as a trio of […]

Endemol, BBC America, Bell onboard BBC1 drama

Endemol Worldwide Distribution, BBC America and Bell Media channel Space are among new partners to join upcoming BBC1 fantasy series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. The programme goes into pre-production this month, lead by producers Cuba Films and Feel Films and financing specialist Far Moor. It can now count Endemol Worldwide Distribution , BBC America, Space, Screen Yorkshire and Canadian prodco […]

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