Deals: Peace Point, Nerd Corps, Mongrel

In sales and acquisitions this week, Peace Point sells lifestyle titles internationally, while Mongrel picks up Canadian rights to Liza Johnson's Loveship (pictured).


Toronto-based Peace Point Rights, the distribution arm of Peace Point Entertainment, has sold a number of food and lifestyle titles to AXN Black. The channel from Sony Pictures Television Networks is distributed across Central Europe, including Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Peace Point sold fitness and nutrition series Body Fuel, seasons two and three of culinary invention series Food Jammers, and the first season of Hammer and Chew to AXN Black.

Toronto-based Primevista Television sold its 26-ep factual series Dirty Business to Spain’s Decasa TV. The deal was brokered by Canada’s One Girl Revolution and Spain’s Ione Communications. The series, which tracks the creativity of design firm Earth Inc., airs on HGTV, and has previously been sold to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

In kids’ entertainment, Nerd Corps Entertainment’s popular boy-skewing action property Slugterra will launch in China for the first time thanks to a new deal between the Vancouver animation studio and Beijing-based Ciwen Media Group.

Ciwen purchased all rights to manage the IP in China including merchandising, consumer products, TV, and non-exclusive digital media. The Chinese producer/distributor has also agreed to a co-development partnership under the deal with Nerd Corps that will produce new content for the brand in 2014.

magic-hockey-skates-1And eOne Family inked several international broadcast deals for Ottawa-based Amberwood Entertainment’s holiday special The Magical Hockey Skates.

The 2D animated primetime TV special, based on Allan Morgan’s book of the same name, heads to Disney XD LatAm, Societe Radio Canada, Teletoon France, RTS Radio Television Suisse, NRK Norway, Chello Central Europe and RTE in Ireland. Each network will include The Magic Hockey Skates in their Christmas schedule this year.  Amberwood produced the special in association with the CBC and with funding from the CMF.

with files from Jeremy Dickson and Gary Rusak



Toronto-based indie distributor Mongrel Media picked up Canadian rights to Liza Johnson’s Loveship (previously titled Hateship Loveship) from United Talent Agency; John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo from QED International; and Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem from WestEnd Films.

Loveship is based on Alice Munro’s short story from her 2001 collection Hateship. Friendship. Courtship. Loveship. Marriage. The collection also includes the short story The Bear Came over the Mountain, on which Sarah Polley’s Away from Her was based.

Mark Poirier wrote the screenplay adaptation of Loveship, which follows a shy caregiver who becomes the victim of a teenage prank. Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Sami Gayle, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christine Lahti star in the film.

Mongrel will release the film theatrically in Canada in spring 2014.

Fading Gigolo stars Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis and Liev Schreiber. Mongrel will release the film theatrically in Canada in February 2014.

And Bethlehem, Israel’s 2014 Oscar entry, is Adler’s feature debut, and focuses on the Israeli-Palestinan conflict. Adler, an Israeli Jew, co-wrote the script with Muslim journalist Ali Waked. Mongrel will release the film theatrically in Canada in February 2014.