State of the industry: Canadian kids TV

Digital disruption and an end to regulatory protection has some in the Canadian kids business worried, but while content providers have one less broadcaster to pitch following the sell-off of Astral Media’s assets, they are optimistic that the same new platforms threatening traditional TV will provide them with greater global reach. Mark Dillon reports. The […]

Sean Connolly joins Canadian producer

Canadian executive Sean Connolly is joining Marblemedia as VP, primetime unscripted development. Reporting to co-CEO and executive producer Matt Hornburg, Connolly joins as part of an ongoing push into primetime programming at the Canadian production firm. Connolly is former exec at Our House Media, Red Apple Entertainment and Proper Television. He is also behind CBC […]

Rankin resurfaces at Distribution360

Former DRG and Cineflix sales exec Diane Rankin has resurfaced at Distribution360, the programme sales business owned by Marblemedia. Rankin left the TV business in late 2012 and has now returned, coming in as senior VP, international sales and acquisitions at D360. In the new role Rankin will split her time between London and Toronto, where […]

D360 to Tackle Reno in Cannes

Distribution360 will launch Si Entertainment’s property makeover series Tackle My Reno at MIPCOM. The show goes out on HGTV in Canada and features pro-football player turned handyman Sebastian Clovis. D360 is the distribution arm of Canadian producer Marblemedia. Alongside Tackle My Reno, it will launch a raft of lifestyle titles at MIPCOM. It has a […]

Canada’s Marblemedia fills new roles

Canadian indie producer Marblemedia has created two programming new roles. It has brought on Roberto Alcantara (left) to fill one of the positions and he will be VP, primetime scripted development. Alcantara joins from Momentum Entertainment Group and will oversee Marblemedia’s slate of scripted programming. Based in LA he will report to company co-CEO Matt […]

Marblemedia takes control of Distribution360

Canadian producer marblemedia has acquired the 50% of its sales venture Distribution360 it didn’t already own. Marblemedia will pay joint venture partner SEVEN24 Films pay an undisclosed amount for the shares after reaching an agreement in principle. The deal is expected to close later this year. SEVEN24 execs and D360 co-founders Tom Cox and Jordy […]

Ex-FremantleMedia exec Renae Garcia resurfaces at Marblemedia

Canadian kids producer Marblemedia has hired Renae Garcia as its director of development and acquisitions in the US. The company is based in Toronto and also has an LA office, where Garcia will be based. Reporting to Marblemedia boss Matt Hornburg, Garcia will head up the firm’s development and acquisition activities in the US. “As […]

Zodiak, Marble develop kids prank show

Zodiak Kids has partnered with Canada’s marblemedia on a new comedy prank show. Zodiak’s UK prodco The Foundation will work with marblemedia on the format, which is planned initially as a 40x22mins series and will see kid contestants predicting “the behaviour of their friends and family in a range of laugh-out-loud undercover pranks”. “The Foundation […]

Cake Walk for Discovery and Living

Distribution360, the sales company founded by Canadian producers MarbleMedia and Seven24 Films, has sold several lifestyle titles to international broadcasters. The distributor has shopped Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Edition to Discovery Channel in Poland and Living Channel in New Zealand. Other sales include Puppy SOS to Viasat in Scandinavia. TrueVisions in Thailand and iCable in […]

Marblemedia to launch new series with Frank Saperstein

Frank Saperstein, the man behind hit kids series including The Ren & Stimpy Show and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, has teamed with Canadian producer Marblemedia to launch a number of animated comedy series. This follows Saperstein’s departure as senior vice president, family television at Entertainment One. He has also launched his own kids production company Surprise Bag. […]