Syndicado inks acquisition deals with Buck, Tell Tale


Toronto-based digital aggregator and distributor Syndicado is expanding its catalogue of factual series and feature documentaries by taking on new product from Toronto’s Buck Productions and Halifax’s Tell Tale Productions.

Syndicado licensed all U.S. digital rights for Buck’s Petal Pushers, a 13-episode half-hour series about the inner workings of a floral boutique. Syndicado will distribute and market the series through its partnerships with digital video outlets like Hulu, Amazon and Google Play.

“Based on the incredibly positive results we’ve had so far in the U.S. on some of our key properties like Keys to the VIP and Rich Bride, Poor Bride on VOD, we’re happy to extend our partnership and collaboration with Syndicado, which continues to deliver for us in this evolving platform,” said Buck Productions founder Sean Buckley in a statement.

Petal Pushers is another one of Buck’s strong evergreen properties that will have a second life through ancillary digital platforms, and extend our brand in other markets,” said Syndicado president Greg Rubidge in his own statement.

Syndicado also acquired Tell Tale Productions’ Counterfeit Culture for digital distribution in the U.S. The film, about the business of fake, fraudulent and faux goods, will launch on iTunes, Amazon, Microsoft, vudu, YouTube Movies and other U.S. outlets in the next quarter.

Separately, Syndicado earlier this week struck a strategic deal with Paris-based indie documentary distributor Java Films. Syndicado will take on Java films like Desert Riders, Sunday in Brazzaville and The Undocumented, for distribution in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

“Digital is still relatively new and unproven for us. We’re happy to partner with Syndicado whose accessible approach and position with the major VOD outlets gives us and our filmmakers the exposure we need strategically, while still being cost effective for us in this emerging platform.” said Java Films managing director Roch Bozino in a statement.