Deals: Super Channel, Proper, Blue Ant, Buck

Super Channel extends its deal with Starz Worldwide Distribution while Blue Ant sells a slew of series into the U.S. market, including Rebel Without a Kitchen (pictured).

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Super Channel has acquired a number of Starz original series and programming for this coming year after extending its deal with Starz Worldwide Distribution, the global television licensing arm of the U.S. net. The agreement extension will see Super Channel airing Ash vs Evil Dead, a 10 x 30 minute follow up horror series based on the feature The Evil Dead, on Oct. 31.  In addition, Starz anthology series The Girlfriend Experience will also be making its way to Super Channel for an early 2016 premiere, while The Dresser, a Starz and BBC copro starring Anthony Hopkins, is also set to premiere in 2016. November 2015 will also see the premiere of eight-part exposé of the ballet world Flesh and Bone.

Proper Rights
Toronto-based Proper Rights has announced sales from its lifestyle and documentary slates into a number of international territories. Foxtel in Australia has renewed The Holmes Group Best of Holmes on Homes (13 x 60 minute), and also acquired Neponsit Pictures’ 90-minute doc It Happened Here. Canal D in France picked up the French-language rights to It Happened Here. The Living Channel in New Zealand renewed the third and fourth seasons of The Holmes Group Holmes Inspection (26 x 60 minute), while Cineplex in Thailand has picked up season three of Firvalley Productions’ Canada’s Handyman Challenge (10 x 60 minute) and HGTV’s Top Ten (26 x 30 minute). Elsewhere, Globosat in Brazil acquired the Cream Productions-produced design series Esther Extraordinaire (10 x 30 minute). Discovery Life in the U.S. and Odisea Special Channels in Spain and Portugal have also picked up Ocnus Productions’ comedy doc How to Make Love to My Wife (1 x 60 minute), while France’s Voyage has acquired the hour-long doc Dads, produced by The Sound Film.

Blue Ant International
Blue Ant International has sold more than 75 hours of content from its factual, lifestyle and reality catalog into the U.S. ahead of October’s MIPCOM market in Cannes. Scripps Network Interactive has acquired food truck series Rebel Without a Kitchen (26 x 30 minutes) for Cooking Channel from producer General Purpose Entertainment. As well, SNI channel Great Americanry has taken Farmhouse Productions’ Lake Guys (26 x 30 minutes), which features brothers Kevin and Andrew Buckles engineering unique projects designed to heighten lakeside living. Meanwhile, Whistlestop Productions’ Lake Docks and Decks (26 x 30 minutes) was obtained by both Great American Country and DIY Network. Elsewhere, A+E Networks picked up Remedy Productions’ Cabin Truckers (13 x 30 minutes) for FYI, a docuseries featuring expert teams hauling already-built cabins to remote locations. Discovery Communications purchased two programs from Blue Ant’s stable earlier this year. Those series included season one of Paranormal Survivor (10 x 60 minutes), an Our House Media dramatic recreation series about people who have experienced supernatural encounters, for Destination America; and Summerhill International’s My Dog’s Crazy Animal Friends (13 x 30 minutes), showcasing peculiar canine acquaintances, for Discovery Family Channel.

Corus Entertainment
Corus Entertainment channel Cartoon Network is now available to Rogers, Shaw and Shaw Media subscribers for the first time, it was announced Thursday. The expanded distribution remit of the network takes its total subscriber number to more than five million, according to a statement from Corus. Series such as Uncle GrandpaClarence, Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball and Teen Titans Go! will air on the channel this fall, with new episodes of the aforementioned series airing day-and-date with Cartoon Network U.S. on Thursdays. Later this fall, Adventure Time will also air on the network.

Buck Productions
The Buck Productions documentary Stay Awhile was picked up by Upstream Flix for international distribution. The feature doc follows the career of Canadian musical group The Bells, and previously screened at the Whistler Film Festival and Hot Docs. Stay Awhile was written and directed by Jessica Edwards.

Films We Like

Films We Like has picked up the Canadian distribution rights to Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog ahead of its world bow at Telluride. The documentary will have its Canadian premiere at TIFF following its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The deal for Heart of a Dog was negotiated by Ron Mann, filmmakers and founder of Films we Like, and Richard Abramowitz, president of indie distribution and marketing company Abramorama.

Conquering Lion
Conquering Lion Pictures has acquired the option to Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s upcoming novel The Golden Son. Read more about the deal here.

Video Services Corp (VSC)
Video Services Corp (VSC) has acquired all Canadian rights to This Changes Everything, a Canada/USA documentary directed by Avi Lewis. Read more about the deal here.

- with files from Daniele Alcinii, Realscreen