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CBC brings back ‘Battle of the Blades’

Canada’s CBC will reboot hit competition series Battle of the Blades for its fifth season this autumn. The revitalised series combines figure skating and hockey athletes and pair them for a live, high-stakes figure skating competition. In the new iteration teams will continue to compete for the charity of their choice. First launched in 2009, […]

Show of the week: Coroner

The crown jewel in Cineflix Rights’ growing scripted slate, Coroner has struck a chord in the market for procedurals – becoming the highest-rated drama debut on Canadian broadcaster CBC and the largest historical launch on Universal TV in the UK. Inspired by British writer M.R. Hall’s bestselling series of books, Coroner is a character-driven, hour-long […]

CBC appoints exec director for scripted

CBC has appointed former Temple Street exec Trish Williams as executive director of scripted content.  Reporting into Sally Catto, GM of programming for the Canadian public broadcaster, Williams is to oversee the public broadcaster’s drama, comedy and film teams across all broadcast and streaming original long-form programming.  Williams, who joins CBC this week, most recently served […]

CBC’s Coroner becomes highest-rated series launch in four years

Muse, Back Alley and Cineflix co-pro drama Coroner has become the highest-rated drama series launch on Canada’s pubcaster CBC in four years. Data by Canadian audience measurement organisation Numeris shows that Coroner reached 2m Canadians and delivered an average minute audience of more than one million viewers for each episode on CBC. In the UK, […]

What Friends tells us about rights ownership in 2019

Media giants building SVODs to rival Netflix are talking the talk, but who will walk the walk? Manori Ravindran investigates the knock-on effects of consolidation and the bigger picture around windowing and rights ownership. If 2018’s media disruption taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected in the laser-focused drive for scale. As potential […]

Canada’s CBC takes Fremantle mini-series Butterfly

Canadian national broadcaster CBC has acquired Butterfly, a mini-series the follows the story of an 11-year old boy as he transitions into a female. The 3×60-minute series will launch on CBC in late winter of 2019. Created and penned by BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Tony Marchant, and starring International Emmy winner Anna Friel (Marcella), Butterfly is a […]

US arts network Ovation buys Frankie Drake Mysteries

Kew Media Distribution has sold CBC drama Frankie Drake Mysteries into US arts network Ovation. Ovation has signed on for two series (21 x 60 minutes) of the Canadian drama, which is set in 1920s Toronto and follows the city’s only female private detectives. The show is an original for the Canadian public broadcaster. It […]

NBCU acquires Cineflix procedural Coroner

NBCUniversal International Networks has acquired female-driven procedural Coroner from Canada’s CBC. Inspired by M.R. Hall novels, the title follows Jenny Cooper (Serinda Swan), a newly appointed coroner investigating suspicious deaths in Toronto. A CBC original series, Coroner is produced by Muse Entertainment, Back Alley Films and Cineflix Studios. The premiere of the 8×60-minute series will take place […]

Temple Street comedy Cavendish greenlit by CBC

Cavendish is a new half-hour primetime original comedy series set to premiere on Canada’s public service broadcaster CBC in the winter of 2019. Created by leading Canadian comedians Andrew Bush and Mark Little (who will also executive produce, and show-run the series) the eight-episode series is about bickering brothers Andy and Mark (played by Bush and […]

Netflix orders Canadian drama Northern Rescue

Netflix has ordered CBC original drama Northern Rescue, and will have all rights outside of Canada. The family drama will star William Baldwin (MacGyver) and Kathleen Robertson (Murder in the First). It follows John West as he moves his three children away from a hectic urban life to a small northern hometown after the death […]

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