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Canada’s CBC cancels ‘Trickster’ renewal following ancestry dispute

Canada’s CBC has cancelled a planned second season of its fast-travelling scripted original Trickster, following a dispute involving the show’s co-creator and director Michelle Latimer. Trickster (6 x 60 minutes) was produced by Sienna Films and had been greenlit for a second season by CBC in 2020. The supernatural story was based upon the Eden Robinson […]

Abacus Media Rights to bring Canadian comedy ‘Sort Of’ to market

Amcomri Media Group-owned Abacus Media Rights (AMR) has acquired international distribution rights for upcoming Canadian comedy Sort Of. Toronto-based Sienna Films took the 8 x 30-minute series into production last month with an expected 2021 premiere on CBC. The show is a coming-of-age story following the journey of Sabi Mehboob – a gender fluid millennial who straddles various […]

News round-up: CBC’s ‘Trickster’ travels in global pre-sales; Korean animation festival launches; RTL-TVI adapts Lecter’s retro ‘Greetings From’ format

CBC’s ‘Trickster’ travels in global pre-sales Sky in the UK, NITV and SBS On Demand in Australia, Globoplay in Brazil and KinoPoisk in Russia have all acquired the CBC original series Trickster ahead of its October premiere in Canada, following deals with Abacus Media Rights. The 6 x 60-minute series is produced by Sienna Films […]

Canada’s Datsit Sphere acquires ‘Cardinal’ prodco Sienna Films from Kew Media

Quebec-based producer and distributor Datsit Sphere has agreed to acquire a second company from Kew Media Group (KMG), after striking a deal for Cardinal and Ransom prodco Sienna Films. Canada-based Sienna was founded in 1992 and has been behind four seasons of Cardinal for Canuck broadcaster Bell Media, US streamer Hulu, BBC 4 in the […]

Exclusive: Kew Media Group’s restructuring process revealed

Kew Media Group’s restructuring process has begun in earnest under the leadership of interim CFO Michael Corrigan, with several companies understood to be looking to leave the Canadian outfit. The Peter Sussman and Steven Silver-led group, which is behind shows ranging from hit drama Line Of Duty to Michael Jackson doc Leaving Neverland, endured a […]

Exclusive: Kew Media shares fall again as private equity explore options

Private equity companies have emerged as the most likely to buy Line Of Duty distributor Kew Media Group (KMG), which saw its shares fall another 20% yesterday after the company defaulted on its credit facility. Kew initiated a strategic review of the business last week, admitting the company could be split up or sold and […]

Kew Media shares plummet as company considers sale, CFO Geoff Webb exits

Canada-based Kew Media Group’s shares have plummeted after the company said it had initiated a strategic review that could see the company split up or sold, while its chief financial officer Geoff Webb has left the business. Kew, which was formed in 2017 and sell shows including Line Of Duty, has formed a special committee […]

CBC podcasts score TV adaptations from 3 Arts, Sienna Films

Producers including Lionsgate’s 3 Arts Entertainment and Sienna Films are among the businesses set to adapt a slate of five CBC podcasts for television.  The Canadian public broadcaster has earmarked David Ridgen’s popular true crime podcast Someone Knows Something for a scripted programme from First Generation Films, along with Uncover: The Village for a documentary […]