MIPCOM12: Canuck industry news roundup
Playback's editors in Cannes report on Sanctuary (pictured) getting syndication, Shaftesbury's Do-Over pact, new Peace Point Rights partnerships, DHX sales to Germany and Breakthrough's Rocket Monkeys rollout.
Here is a roundup of industry news to reach Playback‘s on-the-scene editors during the earliest days of this year’s MIPCOM.
Sanctuary gets syndication
Canadian sci-fi-fantasy series Sanctuary will launch in weekly syndication in 2013-2014, it was announced by Tricon Films & Television and PPI Releasing Monday.
The series, starring Amanda Tapping, started as a web-only offering and then launched on Syfy.
“We’ve had hits with procedural drama over the years, but Sanctuary may be our strongest vehicle yet,” said Josh Raphaelson, Principal of PPI Releasing in a statement. “It has an incredible track record, and a veteran production team that has had a golden touch in syndication.”
Shaftesbury gets a Do-Over
Shaftesbury, in a deal through its U.S. office in L.A., has inked a deal for tween series Do-Over, from Hannah Montana creator Michael Poryes. The series focuses on a 15-year-old aspiring songwriter who can “do-over” events as many times as she’d like.
Shaftesbury and ZDF Enterprises will manage distribution.
Peace Point Rights partners with Bomanbridge Media, inks deal with Octopus TV
Peace Point Rights signed a distribution partnership with Bomanbridge Media for representation in Australasia, as it builds its development strategy over the next three years.
The company also entered into an agreement with cloud-based video content management and delivery platform Octopus TV.
The platform, according to a release from Peace Point, will be a streamlined and cost-effective delivery tool for storing, screening management and digital delivery of programming.
DHX sells two to Germany’s KiKA
Halifax-based producer and distributor DHX Media sold tween live-action series How to Be Indie and preschool show dirtgirlworld to German channel KiKA.
“How to Be Indie is an unbelievably funny show for our older audience which perfectly fits into KiKA’s main theme for the channel in 2013: the extremely important issue of integration and inclusion. How to Be Indie will be one of the programmes in 2013 which will inform and sensitize our audience about the concept of integration and inclusion to fulfil our claim and our task to entertain while educate,” said KiKA head of fiction, acquisitions and co-productions Sebastian Debertin in a statement.
He added: “With dirtgirlworld, targeted at the older pre-school demo, we found another jewel: it is extremely seldom that an animated show for that age group is visually so strong and unique. With the means of great music and lots of laughter kids are being brought in touch with nature and environmental issues that become more and more important/vibrant every day.”
How to Be Indie focuses on a 13-year-old girl who tries to balance her South Asian roots with her Western lifestyle. It is produced by Canadian indie producer Heroic Film Company and airs on YTV in Canada, as well as in the U.K., Latin America, Africa, Italy and Poland. The series is created by screenwriter Vera Santamaria (Degrassi, Little Mosque) and Heroic exec producers John May and Suzanne Bolch.
dirtgirlworld, which blends live action and animation, airs on CBC in Canada, as well as in Australia, the U.K. and the U.S. The series is a co-production between Australia’s mememe productions and DHX Media.
Breakthrough launches global sales for Rocket Monkeys
Breakthrough Entertainment is looking to take its latest animated offering, Rocket Monkeys, likely where no primate has gone before, announcing Sunday that it would introduce the series at MIPCOM in the hopes of launching global sales.
Rocket Monkeys, produced by Breakthrough in association with Teletoon and animation studio Atomic Cartoons, follows the misadventures of two “monkeynaut” brothers and their robot companion as they’re sent on important missions, and generally cause more trouble than they prevent.
“From the seemingly simple concept of ‘monkeys in space,’ our talented team of animators and writers built an entire universe that is alive, frenetic and addictively bananas,” said Nat Abraham, Breakthrough’s president of distribution in a statement.
The series, currently slated for 26 30-minute episodes, is exec produced by Michael Feder, Ira Levy, and Peter Williamson.