Portfolio Entertainment

Portfolio hires two, including Vice Media exec

Portfolio Entertainment has hired Donnie MacIntyre (picture) to the newly created position, vice president of sales and business development and Vice Media’s Morgan White as international distribution manager. MacIntyre is joining Portfolio at a pivotal time as its in-house animation studio initiates production on a slate of new IP that will be ready for market […]

Portfolio taps new VP production Marianne Culbert

Portfolio Entertainment has named Marianne Culbert as its new VP of production. Culbert, an award-winning kids producer, brings over 30 years of animation studio service and content production experience to Portfolio and will report directly to Portfolio’s CEO and co-founder, Lisa Olfman. In her new role, Culbert will oversee the production of all of the […]

Cannes to get new Big Mayor

Upcoming reality series Small Town, Big Mayor will roll out at MIPTV after distributor Portfolio Entertainment snagged the international rights. The US cable series is set in D’Lo, Mississippi, a small town has a population of just 456 souls, and follows events after a new mayor, John Henry Berry, comes in with plans to put […]

Done deals in the week Trump won

Its been a seismic week for global politics with the election of Donald Trump as president-elect in the US, and a sad one for music fans everywhere with the death of Leonard Cohen. There’s been nothing quite as earth-shattering in the TV world, but there has been plenty of business between international companies (which are looking […]

Portfolio reveals Best in the World Japan

Canadian sales house Portfolio Entertainment has acquired a pair of Japenese-themed lifestyle and travel titles from Malaysia’s Primeworks Distribution. Best in the World Japan (pictured, 10x30mins) and Welcome to the Railworld Japan (10x30mins) comprise part of the distributor’s MIPCOM slate. The former looks at the culinary delights of the Asian country through a comic lens, […]

Portfolio hires sales and acquisitions exec

Canadian producer and distributor Portfolio Entertainment has recruited Jonathan Abraham as director of international sales and acquisitions. Abraham will oversee sales and oversee the growth of the distribution division, Portfolio said, as well as acquiring third-party kids, factual and lifestyle programming for the catalogue. He joins the Toronto-based firm from toy company Zuru, where he […]

Portfolio recruits for factual

Canada-based Portfolio Entertainment has hired Jennifer Bragg as director, factual and lifestyle development. The hire comes as Portfolio expands from kids into factual and Bragg will run the factual division the company set up in 2014. Amy Manchester Borg had filled the role but left Portfolio last year, since when the position has been vacant. […]

Rutherford exits Tricon

Jon Rutherford is to leave Canada-based Tricon Films & Television, triggering a restructure that that sees Karthiga Ratnasabapathy promoted. Rutherford (pictured) has been with Tricon since April 2010, and has since risen to the rank of executive VP, distribution and business development. There was no word on the former Portfolio Entertainment executive’s next move after […]

FYI, Discovery claim You Gotta Eat Here

FYI in Asia and Discovery Networks in Italy have bought You Gotta Eat Here! from Canada’s Portfolio Entertainment. Good Food in the UK has also bought the culinary-themed show’s fourth season, having already bought the other three. Israel’s Yes has acquired For the Love of Dog, which follows eccentric dog owners and their canine friends. […]

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 […]