News brief: CBBC buys Canadian Sidekick

CBBC has acquired Canadian animated series Sidekick. The UK kids broadcaster has bought two seasons of the series, which is produced and distributed by Corus-owned Nelvana. The ’toon follows Eric Needles, a superhero sidekick who goes from second fiddle to first string when his boss, Maxum Man, goes missing. The acquisition comes as acquired kids […]

Corus shuffles executive pack at Nelvana

Canadian media firm Corus has reorganised its kids division with new distribution and licensing bosses at Nelvana, its children’s content producer and distributor. Nelvana sits within the freshly-minted Corus Kids unit, which is run by Colin Bohme (pictured). The division has responsibility for the Corus’ specialty kids channels as well as Nelvana Studios and commercial […]

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 […]

Canada’s W Network buys The Audience

Canadian specialty channel W Network has ordered a local version of Channel 4 format The Audience. The show is distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, which brokered the Canadian deal. In the UK the show is produced by indie The Garden, which has a first-look deal with ITV. In Canada it will be made by […]

Corus hires former OWN executive John MacDonald

Canadian broadcaster Corus has hired former OWN executive John MacDonald to become head of programming and production. This comes as the company has restructured its television operations and created a digital distribution team to be run by former programming boss Maria Hale. Hale will become vice president, television and head of digital and content distribution. […]