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Hulu unveils 2014 originals, acquisitions

US streaming site Hulu has unveiled a deep slate of original programmes and new acquisitions for 2014 that includes a raft of content from international partners. NBCU, Fox and Disney-owned Hulu announced seventeen new or returning series yesterday including Deadbeat, its first copro with Lionsgate. The 10x30mins supernatural comedy will debut in April, be exec […]

Hulu buys Breakthrough adult toon

US on-demand service Hulu has acquired animated series Producing Parker, “an edgy send-up of daytime talk shows”. The show, which Breakthrough Entertainment produces and distributes, will launch the US service, first broadcast on Canuck net Global in 2009. Each episode charts the crazy behind-the-scenes antics of the crew and cast if a fictional daytime TV […]

Breakthrough launches Less Than Kind on iTunes

Breakthrough Entertainment has launched Canadian comedy drama series Less Than Kind on the iTunes store in Canada. The show runs to four seasons and Breakthrough has launched the first three on iTunes. It originally aired on City TV from 2008 before transferring to HBO Canada in 2010. It follows a Sheldon Blecher (Jesse Camacho), an […]

MIPCOM Hot Pick: Hulu’s True Heroines

This series almost certainly represents the first time burlesque dancing, sci-fi and period dramedy have come together on any size or type of screen. True Heroines is a project that began life in the nightclubs of the Canadian west, where the True Heroines burlesque troupe have been performing a risqué routine for years. When their […]

Canada/Oz kids pirate sails into production, Breakthrough attached

Canadian producer Atomic Cartoons and its Australian counterpart Sticky Pictures have started production on Pirate Express, a new animated pirate show for kids. The 52x11mins series was ordered by Canadian broadcaster Teletoon and Australian free to air network Nine. Canada-based Breakthrough Entertainment will sell the series in international markets. Aimed at 7-to-11s, the series follows […]

Breakthrough seals pre-NATPE deals

Producer and distributor Breakthrough Entertainment has finalised programming deals with several broadcasters in the Central and Eastern Europe region ahead of the NATPE programming market in Budapest next week. In Poland pay TV operartor Canal+ Cyfrowy has acquired four-part doc The Sacred Balance, based on the eponymous book. Polsat has bought My Really Cool Leg, […]

News brief: HBO Europe gets ready for Summerhood

HBO Europe has licensed comedy feature film Summerhood from Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment. The film tells the tale of four long-time friends who happens to hate each other and features narration from Hollywood actor John Cusack. “We’re delighted to present this fresh family comedy to European audiences through our partnership with HBO Europe,” said Nat Abraham, […]

CBC’s Napkin Man moves forward

Upcoming preschool show The Adventures of Napkin Man is moving ahead and production will start this month in Toronto. Live-action and animation hybrid is being produced by Breakthrough Entertainment and Canada’s CBC. It will start airing on the Canadian public broadcaster in September. Yannick Bisson, the star of another show on CBC, Shaftesbury’s crime drama […]

Hulu and City order Eva Longoria animated series

US digital service and Canadian broadcaster City have ordered Mother Up!, an animated series for grown-ups starring Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives). Production has just started on the 13x30mins series, which is being made by Canadian producers Breakthrough Entertainment and Bardel Entertainment with US-based Mass Animation. The show will debut in the US on Hulu and […]

Canada’s turn to shine

Canada is a top originator of English-language scripted and factual content. Ever savvier of the international market, the country’s producers and distributors are more aggressively seeking out US partnerships as a springboard to the rest of the world, reports Mark Dillon. One reason Canadian producers need a global outlook is a challenging broadcast landscape at […]