Deals: Lionsgate, Picture Box, PNP, Nelvana

Picture Box Distribution has acquired the global licensing rights to Scout and the Gumboot Kids (pictured), plus more deals of the week.

scout and the gumboot kidsLionsgate
Lionsgate and Discovery Communications have inked a long-term deal that will see Lionsgate distribute titles from Discovery’s network brands on DVD and Blu-ray. Under the agreement, Lionsgate will distribute series and specials from nets such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and Investigation Discovery, starting with the Blu-ray and DVD release of documentary Racing Extinction on Feb. 23. Last month, Discovery Communications and Liberty Global announced a deal in which both took a 3.4% stake in Lionsgate, with each paying approximately $195 million (USD) to buy five million shares in the company.

Zodiak Rights
Season one of France/Canada copro Versailles has been sold into a raft of international territories, including Scandinavia, Belgium and the Philippines. The series was picked up by Scandinavian pay service C More, which is available in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, as well as RTBF for French-speaking Belgium and VRT for Flemish speaking Belgium. The show was also acquired by Sky Germany, ABS-CBN in the Philippines, BTV Media Group in Bulgaria and NC+ in Poland. In October, the series was greenlit to a second season ahead of debut. It was also previously announced that it had been acquired by BBC2 in the U.K. and pre-sold to Germany’s SquareOne Entertainment. Versailles is distributed by coproducer Incendo in Canada, and by Zodiak Rights internationally.

Picture Box
Picture Box Distribution has acquired the global licensing rights to stop motion/live action series Scout and the Gumboot Kids. The 10 x 4:30-minute series, produced by Vancouver’s Two Story Productions for CBC Kids, debuted in October. The show follows a mouse named Scout as he explains some of nature’s mysteries to the Gumboot Kids.

Cineflix Rights
Cineflix Rights, the U.K. distribution arm of Montreal-headquartered Cineflix Media has sold three seasons of natural history series 1000 Days for the Planet (22 x 60 minutes for each season ) to U.S. net Pivot. The series, produced by Quebec’s Glacialis Productions, follows scientist and UN Ambassador for the Environment Jean Lemire as he travels the world to reveal extraordinary examples of earth’s diversity.

DHX Brands
DHX Brands has added half a dozen North American licensees to its growing Teletubbies consumer products program ahead of the new series’ January launch on Nick Jr. in the US and Family Jr. in Canada. Teletubbies North American licensing agent CPLG North America has reached deals with Spin Master (North American master toy partner), Accessory Innovations (bags, backpacks, hats), SG Company (footwear), Franco Manufacturing (juvenile bedding) and Betesh (toddler bedding). In addition, V-Tech has extended its Teletubbies interactive toy licence, which currently covers the UK, France, Germany, Benelux, Iberia and Australia, New Zealand, into North America. With files from Kidscreen

Pacific Northwest Pictures
Pacific Northwest Pictures (PNP) has acquired the Canadian rights to New York City-based Cohen Media Group’s documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut. Read more here.

Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana has sold more than 800 episodes of content from its kids animated and live-action library to multiple SVOD services around the world. Read more here.

Bell Media
CTV has acquired Fox’s reboot of The X-Files, with the series due to begin airing in January. Read more here.