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New ‘Star Trek’ series voyages to Canada with Bell

Bell Media has acquired Canadian rights from CBS Studios International to the new Star Trek series focusing on Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard character. News of the Canadian deal follows an announcement earlier this week that Amazon has taken international rights to the show in more than 200 territories outside the US and Canada. The new, […]

Banijay Rights sends USA’s Temptation Island up north

Banijay Rights has sold its US reboot of Temptation Island into Canada’s Bell Media. USA Network’s 11-episode revival of the classic format is to air on broadcaster CTV, E! and SVOD service Crave. Produced by Banijay Studios North America, the new series is to premiere on the American cable channel later this month. Temptation Island […]

HBO makes first direct-to-consumer push in Canada

HBO is going direct-to-consumer in Canada, where the cable channel will now form part of Bell Media’s SVOD offering Crave.  The move marks the first time the AT&T-owned cable channel is available to Canadians without a cable subscription. Previously, Canadians could only access HBO content via subscriptions to The Movie Network or HBO Canada. Beginning […]

Roots planted in 50 territories

The remake of epic miniseries Roots has sold into 50 territories. Distributor A+E Networks has closed deals in five continents: Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America. The buyers are SBS in Australia and TVNZ in New Zealand; Thai PBS, D’Live in South Korea, Atresmedia for Spanish linear TV and HBO for SVOD; HBO Europe for […]

CBS bosses to give MIPCOM keynote

CBS distribution boss Armando Nuñez and Showtime chief David Nevins will give a joint keynote at MIPCOM next month. Nuñez (left) is CBS’s top international exec and runs the studio’s CBS Global Distribution Group. Nevins (below right) is president of CBS-owned cable net Showtime. The pair will talk about the expansion of the Showtime brand around the […]

CBS eyes int’l Showtime OTT launches

US broadcaster CBS is looking at international launches for its new Showtime OTT on-demand platform “within certain windows”. The service, which currently is only available to broadband customers in the US and offers shows such as Ray Donovan and The Affair (pictured), launched on July 12 priced at US$12.99. During an investors’ call yesterday, CBS […]

SVOD service Crave orders first original series

Canadian SVOD service Crave has ordered Letterkenny, an original half-hour comedy based upon the shortform digital series Letterkenny Problems. Crave is owned by Canadian telco Bell and will make Letterkenny with Bell’s specialty channel The Comedy Network. The six-part series and shorts were created by Jared Keeso, star of Bravo series 19-2. New Metric Media, […]

Canada’s Crave creates Showtime block

Low-cost Canadian SVOD service Crave has created a Showtime block within its line-up that will be programmed with a raft of scripted fare from the US premium cable net including The Affair, Penny Dreadful, Homeland, Nurse Jackie, Ray Donovan and Weeds. The Crave announcement followed an agreement between its owner, telco Bell Media, and CBS, […]

Canada’s low-cost Netflix rival buys Amazon drama

Crave, the low-cost streaming service recently launched by Canadian telco and media company Bell, has bought Amazon cop drama Bosch. The series was Amazon Prime Instant Video’s first original hour-long drama. It is distributed by Red Arrow and based on the bestselling Michael Connelly book series. All ten Bosch episodes will launch simultaneously on Crave […]