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Amazon Freevee saves ‘American Rust’ following Showtime axe

Amazon’s AVDO service Freevee (aka IMDb TV) has saved Jeff Daniels-starring American Rust, following its cancellation by Showtime. The show will become available exclusively on the ad-supported streaming platform in the US, with Boat Rocker again producing. Daniels, Dan Futterman and Adam Rapp will exec produce on the series, which is set in a Pennsylvania […]

Discovery+ taps Robert Downey Jr for eco-friendly car restoration show

Discovery+ has expanded its partnership with Robert Downey Jr, this time with a series following teams as they turn classic cars into more eco-friendly machines. Downey’s Dream Cars (working title) is being produced by the actor’s Team Downey prodco and Boat Rocker’s Matador Content, with the show set to launch later this year. The series […]

HBO Max expands live-action kids & family offering

Warner Bros. Discovery streamer HBO Max is expanding its kids and family live-action slate, with two new show acquisitions and a renewal for teen dance drama The Next Step. New shows headed to the service include Hank Zipzer, which is based on the book series Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever, written by Barry and […]

Roku expands originals with Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Maven & All3’s Lime

AVOD operator Roku is expanding its originals push with three new unscripted shows in the works. Social experiment show The Marriage Pact and eight-part matchmaking series Match Me In Miami are joined by unscripted feature, To Paris For Love: A Reality ‘Rom Com’, from Reece Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Zoe Saldaña’s Cinestar Pictures. The trio […]

Discovery+ unveils ‘nature-inspired’ reality format & documentary thriller

Discovery+ has unveiled a reality dating series inspired by nature and a two-part documentary thriller for its global streaming service. The Man Without A Heart (2 x 60 minutes) is being produced by Banijay’s Cuarzo Producciones and directed by Jorge Varcárcel. It tracks the life and death of Miguel Ángel Martínez, who in 2005 appeared dead floating in […]

Boat Rocker hires eOne’s Spergel to head ventures expansion

Toronto-based studio Boat Rocker Media has named Andrew Spergel to the newly-created role of EVP, Boat Rocker Ventures. In this position, Spergel will partner with management to accelerate growth of certain Boat Rocker entities, including animation studio JamFilled Entertainment and newly formed digital ventures, while also leading M&A and strategy efforts across all of Boat […]

Boat Rocker reshuffles divisions as Melanson exits

Boat Rocker Studios will see changes within Radical Sheep, its kids’ division, and Crooked Horse, its factual production house, after the departure of Michelle Melanson. Melanson, who acted as vice president for Radical Sheep, will be replaced by Shaleen Sangha (pictured), previously the division’s senior director. Melanson has departed “to pursue other opportunities”. Sangha will assume […]

Boat Rocker promotes Traub and Pratte

Canadian producer and distributor Boat Rocker has promoted two of its senior execs. Samantha Traub has been upped to chief operating officer and Michael Pratte to chief revenue officer. Traub has been with Boat Rocker since 2007, at which point it was known as Temple Street Productions, as a legal and business affairs exec. She […]

Boat Rocker staffs up distribution

Fast-growing producer and distributor Boat Rocker has staffed up its rights division, adding execs including Jessica Watson, who has joined from Entertainment One as director of global sales and acquisitions. Toronto-based Boat Rocker has also brought in Jodi Lutz as director of rights management, Chris Hunt as senior manager of media operations, and Kelsey Griffin […]

Boat Rocker lands Xploration science shows

Newly-established Boat Rocker Rights has picked up rights to programmes in the Xploration Station science block, which runs on Fox’s local stations in the US. The deal gives Boat Rocker a pair of new shows from Steve Rotfeld Productions, Xploration DIY Sci and Xploration Nature Knows Best. It will also take two returning shows from […]