Deals: Showcase, eOne, Playster, Indiecan
Playster links up with Hasbro, Secret Location's Halcyon lands Canadian distribution, plus more deals.
Montreal-based streaming service Playster has inked a deal with Hasbro Studios to bring a number of live-action and animated series such as Transformers: Animated, Kaijudo, Clue and various G.I. Joe properties to its platform. Playster is a subscription-based, kid-focused streaming service that includes songs, books, audiobooks, comics, TV shows, movies and games and costs $24.95 per month.
Showcase has acquired the Canadian rights to Secret Location’s scripted web series Halcyon. Comprised of 10 short-form webisodes and five interactive VR episodes, the police procedural is set in the year 2058 in a world where virtual reality has become ubiquitous. In February 2016 Syfy announced it had picked up the series, which is was both created and produced by Secret Location. The series launched on Syfy in September 2016.
Avi Federgreen’s Indiecan Entertainment has acquired the Canadian distribution rights to Peace Has No Borders, a documentary directed by Vermont-based filmmakers Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller. The deal was done at the Canadian Film Market, which held its inaugural event in November. The 70-minute doc tells the story of more than 50,000 U.S. soldiers that refused to take part in the Vietnam War and made their way to Canada.
Entertainment One has secured sales for its comedy series Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong into France and Belgium. The 2D-animated show was acquired by Cartoon Network in France and public broadcaster OUFtivi in Belgium, with episodes set to begin airing in February and June, respectively. Previously it was announced that Corus Entertainment’s Teletoon had acquired the series, as well as Clan TVE (Spain), BIGGS (Portugal), ABC3 (Australia), KIX (U.K.) and MBC Group (Middle East and North Africa).