Breakthrough Entertainment

Breakthrough exec transfers to D360

Breakthrough Entertainment’s Jodi Mackie is moving to another Toronto-based sales house, Distribution360 (D360). Mackie has joined the distributor as director of sales and acquisitions after ten years with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables vendor Breakthrough. At D360, she will work across the company catalogue, which comprises kids, family and unscripted. She debuts at […]

Joan Lambur debuts prodco with Sinking Ship

North American TV industry veteran Joan Lambur has launched a new prodco, with Canada’s Sinking Ship Entertainment attached as minority shareholder. Lambur is exiting Breakthrough Entertainment is order to launch Lambur Productions, which will be active in children’s and family programming, SVOD and licensing. The prodco will work with broadcasters, agents, writers and creative talent […]

HBO Europe buys Breakthrough, Lionsgate dramas

Pay TV business HBO Europe has acquired dramas from North America’s Breakthrough Entertainment and Lionsgate. HBO Europe has tapped Santa Monica-based Lionsgate for a package of programming that will air across the Central and Eastern Europe region, the Nordics and Spain. These include high-rating Starz drama The White Princess, The White Queen and Graves. An […]

Sprout touts robot toon, trio in development

US kids channel Sprout has greenlit a 26-episode toon about a girl and her robot friend, and outlined a development slate that includes a series inspired by Shaquille O’Neal. Remy and Boo represents Sprout’s first series commitment since Deidre Brennan was tapped to lead NBCUniversal-owned channel as general manager. The new series comes from Canadian […]

Done deals in the week Trump won

Its been a seismic week for global politics with the election of Donald Trump as president-elect in the US, and a sad one for music fans everywhere with the death of Leonard Cohen. There’s been nothing quite as earth-shattering in the TV world, but there has been plenty of business between international companies (which are looking […]

Breakthrough brings in kids veteran for sales

Breakthrough has recruited Caroline Tyre and the seasoned Canadia kids TV exec for a new sales and acquisitions role. At the Canadian producer and distributor she be senior director, covering sales and acquisitions across Europe and parts of Asia. Tyre will report to Craig McGillivray, vice president, distribution, who rejoined Breakthrough last year. He said: […]

Breakthrough takes rights to Silly Seasons

Canada-based producer and distributor Breakthrough has snagged North American rights to animated series Silly Seasons. The toon series is out of South Africa, with Johannesburg-based The Flying Circus producing the fantasy show. The show is set in Sillyville and the four main characters are girls, each of which represents one of the seasons. In South […]

Reelz uncovers Hollywood Homicide

Reelz has ordered a new true-crime series, Hollywood Homicide Uncovered. The show will be produced by Canada-based producer and distributor Breakthrough Entertainment for the US cable net. It profiles horrific crimes involving Hollywood celebrities, examining the evidence, interviewing experts, and using drama reconstructions to show viewers key events. Cases covered will include Phil Spector, Tupac […]

Nick, YTV order Anglo-Canadian copro

Nickelodeon and Canada’s YTV have co-ordered a live-action series from British and Canadian production companies. The 20x30mins Ride will be a coproduction of the UK’s Buccaneer Media and Canada’s Breakthrough Entertainment. The show follows a North American girl, who moves to England with her dad when he begins a job at an elite equestrian school. […]

Breakthrough moves into faith-based content

Producer and distributor Breakthrough Entertainment has moved into faith-base programming, adding content from, Reel Deal Guys Entertainment to its line-up. The agreement with Reel Deal is for three faith-based films. The first of these is Adam’s Testament, based on a short story by Reel Deal boss Jason Barbeck. The other two films are Christmas special […]

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