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, […]

Fox launches Nat Geo on-demand service in Europe & Africa

Fox Networks Europe & Africa is following up the launch of on-demand service Fox+ with a new non-demand factual service, National Geographic+. The new service will provide access to National Geographic’s catalogue of content, organised thematically, with portals to serve interest areas including Space, Egypt, World Cultures, Deep-sea Exploration and Human Body. Fox said that […]

Netflix, Bell board new Star Trek

Netflix has taken exclusive SVOD rights to the upcoming CBS All Access Star Trek drama series in 188 territories, while Bell Media has landed it in Canada. Additionally, Netflix has officially confirmed a deal with CBS Studios International to take all 727 existing Star Trek back catalogue episodes from series including Star Trek: The Original […]

Finance group buys Orphan Black producer

The Toronto-based prodco behind BBC America sci-fi drama Orphan Black has been sold to a Canadian financial group. Fairfax Financial Holdings has acquired a majority stake in Temple Street Productions for an undisclosed amount. Among the plans for the new investment is for Temple Street to explore acquiring rival companies as it expands operations in […]

Orphan Black joins Amazon family

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service has become the exclusive subscription streaming home of BBC America drama Orphan Black. The deal covers season one and all future seasons, including the upcoming second run, which launches on BBC America in the US on Saturday, April 19. The series stars Tatiana Maslany as a girl who takes the […]

Doctor Who special to simulcast globally

The upcoming fiftieth anniversary episode of British sci-fi series Doctor Who will launch with a global simulcast to more than 75 territories in November. One-off special The Day of the Doctor (pictured) will go out globally on November 23 at the same time as the UK launch on BBC One, the pubcaster’s commercial arm BBC […]

English-language broadcasters buy French drama The Returned

Broadcasters in Australia and Canada have acquired French-language drama series The Returned. The show is produced by Haut & Cort for French premium pay broadcaster Canal+ and is distributed by Zodiak Rights. In Canada Bell Media has picked up rights and in Australia, public broadcaster SBS has acquired the show. Bell will show it on […]

News brief: Syfy buys werewolf series Bitten

NBCU-owned cable net Syfy has acquired Canadian produced werewolf series Bitten. The Entertainment One distributed thirteen part series will debut on Syfy next year. The series is based on the New York Times best-selling Women of the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong and stars Laura Vandervoort (Smallville) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in […]

Sharknado drops into Space in Canada

Buzzy TV movie Sharknado has followed up its success in the US by delivering 300,000 viewers on Canadian cable channel Space. The audience numbers for the film, which went out last Friday, made it the top entertainment show on cable for the day overall and in the key 18-to-49 demo. Space will repeat the film […]

BBC America orders more Orphan Black

Orphan Black will go to a second season after BBC America and Space ordered another ten episodes of the conspiracy drama. The series is made by Canadian indie Temple Street. US cable network BBC America and Canadian specialty channel Space jointly ordered the second season. The show, about an orphan who witnesses the suicide of […]