Canada’s Sphere restructures Sienna, BGM & GO Films into single entity

Canadian producer & distributor Sphere has restructured its business, bringing companies including Sienna Films and BGM (formerly Bristow Global Media) together under a single brand. Jennifer Kawaja-led Sienna and BGM, which is headed by Marlo Miazga, will combine with Josée Vallée’s GO Films to become Sphere Media, which will oversee the creation, production and distribution of […]

BGM hires Cineflix Productions alum to head up development

Canadian factual prodco BGM has appointed former Cineflix Productions exec Kim Bondi as SVP of development, taking over the role from the long-serving Sean Connolly. Reporting to BGM president Marlo Miazga at the Toronto-based firm, Bondi will take lead on the company’s development strategy and oversee its production slate, drawing on her international and US […]

News round-up: Amazon reaches for more ‘Reacher’; TVOkids blasts off with ‘Riley Rocket’; Apple TV+ gets ‘Sunny’ with Rashida Jones

Amazon reaches for more ‘Reacher’ Amazon Prime Video has renewed action thriller series Reacher for a second season, just a few days after its initial debut. Produced by Amazon Studios, Skydance Television, and Paramount Television Studios, the series is based upon the novels by Lee Child. Reacher premiered its first season on Prime Video on […]

TVNZ & Canada’s BGM search for Rabbit Film’s ‘ Most Endangered Species’ format

New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ has ordered a local version of factual entertainment format The Most Endangered Species With WWF from Finnish production and distribution company Rabbit Films. The local version will be titled New Zealand’s Most Endangered Species, and the 6 x 60-minute series is being produced by Warner Bros. International TV Production New Zealand […]

Canada’s BGM hires Corus exec, as Marlo Miazga adds Sphere remit

Canadian producer BGM Inc has rejigged its senior ranks by appointing a former Corus Entertainment exec as its director of content, with president Marlo Miazga taking on an additional role at owner Sphere Media. Andrea Griffith takes up the newly created content role at BGM with a remit to oversee the company’s day-to-day creative, operational and team activities, reporting […]

Kids round-up: Super RTL inks Moonbug deal; Zigazoo gains $4m capital funding; TVOkids makes BGM double order  

Super RTL inks Moonbug deal German FTA linear children’s network Super RTL has acquired global pre-school hit CoComelon, and a number of other series, in a wide-reaching deal struck with London-and-LA-based kids content company Moonbug Entertainment. Moonbug shows, also including Little Baby Bum, Go Buster and Playtime with Twinkle, will be brought to German-speaking markets, […]

Weather Channel hands survivalist order to Canadian prodco BGM

US-based cabler The Weather Channel has ordered a survivalist show from Canadian producer BGM, which was acquired from the remnants of Kew Media Group by Sphere Media (fka Datsit Sphere) in March. Could You Survive? will be hosted by Creek Stewart and explore stories of survival against the odds in some of the most extreme […]

Kew Media Group’s BGM acquired by Quebec’s Datsit Sphere

Quebec-based producer and distributor Datsit Sphere has acquired factual and kids production company BGM (formerly Bristow Global Media) from Kew Media Group, which went into administration last week. BGM was formed in 2013 to create multi-genre, multiplatform content and is now headed by new CEO Marlo Miazga after founder Julie Bristow left the company in […]

Julie Bristow’s prodco gets hockey wives order

Bristow Global Media, the fledgling prodco set up by former CBC exec Julie Bristow, is making a reality show about hockey wives for W Network. The series does not yet have a name, but will launch early next year on the female-skewed Canadian specialty channel. BGM has secured access to the wives and girlfriends of […]