CBC, BET adapting African slave novel

Canadian pubcaster CBC and Viacom’s US cable channel BET are to broadcast a miniseries adapted from Lawrence Hill’s controversial novel The Book of Negroes. Conquering Lion Pictures, Out Of Africa Entertainment and indie studio Entertainment One are adapting the book, with production beginning in South Africa in the autumn. Clement Virgo (The Wire) is attached […]

VRT-Ketnet buys trio of kids’ shows

Belgian children’s channel VRT-Ketnet has acquired three series from Canadian content distributor DHX Media. The deal comprises new 52x11mins series SheZow, seasons one and two of CBC’s Monster Math Show and the 40x15mins season one of Martha Speaks. SheZow (left), which follows the life of a superhero boy, recently sold to Lagardere-owned Canal J in […]

Brightlight hires Hovan, Suelzle

Canadian production company Brightlight Pictures has appointed a new COO and a VP for finance, news that comes after the departure of co-founder Stephen Hegyes last year. David Hovan has become COO, while Alexander Suelzle has taken on the role of VP, finance. In November last year, film and TV producer Brightlight said goodbye to […]

China covers Canadian singing format

China’s Enlight Media has bought local format rights to Cover Me Canada, a competition reality series in which unsigned music acts perform well known hits. The deal, scored with Eccho Rights’ Asian office, will see Enlight create a local version. Enlight produces the Chinese versions of major formats such as X Factor, Got Talent and […]

Pivot attends Little Mosque

Upcoming issues-themed US cable channel Pivot has acquired all six seasons of Canadian comedy series Little Mosque,which features the lives of ordinary Muslims living the West. The deal for the Westwind Pictures-produced show gives Pivot six seasons comprising 91 episodes of the show, which first debuted on CBC. Little Mosque has met critical acclaim and […]

ReelzChannel buys Canadian drama

US cabsat ReelzChannel has acquired a Canadian-produced drama series from Toronto indie White Pine Pictures. The channel has bought one-hour police/medical procedural Cracked, which broadcasts on CBC and is represented in the US by Entertainment One’s executive VP, global production, Carrie Stein. The show comes from lead producer White Pine, in association with Group M […]

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 […]

CNN buys Lance Armstrong exposé

As the scandal surrounding Lance Armstrong’s alleged doping continues to unfold, CNN has bought The World According to Lance, a one-off documentary about the disgraced cyclist. Turner-backed current affairs channel CNN will air the film on its US channel in primetime on Saturday, 27th October. The doc is produced by Australian public broadcast ABC for […]

Entertainment One buys Hockey Skates for MIPCOM

Entertainment One (eOne) Family has acquired the rights to holiday movie The Magic Hockey Skates and will be launching it at MIPCOM. The kids and family division of the international distributor will begin shopping the animated special to global broadcasters in Cannes after striking a deal with Amberwood Entertainment. The 2D special is produced for […]

9 Story sells Arthur to CBC and ABC ahead of MIPCOM

Canadian producer and distributor 9 Story Entertainment has agreed a raft of deals for kids series Arthur. It will be selling the new version of the long-running show internationally at MIPCOM and ahead of the market has sold the latest 20x22mins series to CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia) and Noga (Israel). 9 Story started producing the […]