In brief: Crazy8s, Bron Studios, pre-NAPTE sales

Production is underway on Bron Studios and Fortitude International's Drunk Parents, plus more news from over the past week. (Bron's Aaron Gilbert pictured.)
Aaron Gilbert

Bron Studios co-founder Aaron Gilbert

Bron Studios 
Production is underway in New York City on Drunk Parents, a coproduction from Vancouver’s Bron Studios and California-based Fortitude International in association with CW Media Finance. The comedy stars Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek, with Jim Gaffigan, Joe Manganiello, Bridget Moynahan and Ben Platt also set to appear in the film. Jason Cloth, Andy Pollack, David Friendly and Fortitude’s Nadine de Barros are serving as executive producers on Drunk Parents. Fortitude International is handling foreign rights to the film, with CAA and UTA Independent Film Group co-representing North American rights.

Vancouver’s Crazy8s Film Society has named eight winning scripts from its latest competition. The winning teams will be provided with $1,000 cash and in-kind assistance to shoot their projects in eight days, starting Feb. 12. The winning projects and teams are A Family of Ghosts (director/writer Shannon Kohli, producer Rob Meekison), Grocery Store Action Movie (director Matthew Campbell, writers Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson, producers Jameson Parker, David Kaye and Ryan Silva), I Love You So Much It’s Killing Them (director/writer Joel Ashton McCarthy, writer Mike Doaga, producers Nach Dudsdeemaytha and Marena Dix), Iteration 1 (director/writer Jesse Lupini, writer Lucas Kavanagh, producers Arshia Navabi and Mert Sari), Meet Cute (director/writer Patrick Currie, writer Brendee Green, producer Michele Picard) and Trying (director/writer Shauna Johannesen, producer Lulu Pan).

Picture Box
Two of Picture Box Distribution’s docu-series have been picked up for digital distribution for the U.S. market via a partnership the company has with Toronto- and Wyoming-based digital distributor Syndicado. Upfront Entertainment’s Museum Diaries (6 x 30 minutes) was picked up by Amazon Prime, while Fire One Entertainment’s Callout: Search and Rescue (39 x 30 minutes) was acquired by Hulu. Picture Box Distribution also announced JerryCo Animation’s preschool series Bizou was picked up by upcoming streamer NativeFlix. The platform is owned by Amerind Media Group and will feature Aboriginal-focused entertainment.

Blue Ant International
Blue Ant International, the distribution arm of Blue Ant Media, has sold more than 45 hours of unscripted content into several Latin American territories ahead of NATPE Miami. Brazil’s Globoast picked up a number of factual entertainment series, including Jago: A Life Underwater (1 x 60 minutes), Prark You (6 x 30 minutes), The Weapon Hunter (6 x 60 minutes), Reno vs. Relocate (26 x 30 minutes), Dino Hunt (4 x 60 minutes) and Great Blue Wild (6 x 60 minutes). Discovery Networks Latin America acquired What’s For Sale? With a View (13 x 30 minutes) and Dog’s Best Friend (13 x 30 minutes).

Peace Point Rights
In other pre-NAPTE sales, Peace Point Rights have closed a number of sales of Muse Entertainment content into Latin American markets. Bomb Girls (seasons one and two, and MOW, 20 x 60 minutes)  and Played (13 x 60 minutes) were sold to U.S. Hispanic network SUR LLC. A Wish Come True (1 x 120 minutes) was sold to Globo Brzail, while Signed, Sealed, Delivered (7 x 120 minutes) was picked up by MVS Latin America. The special event series TUT (6 x 60 minutes) was acquired by TV Globo Brazil, TN8 Nicaragua, Telecorporacion Salvadorena El Salvador and Netflix Latin America. Reality series Escape or Die! (12 x 30 minutes) was also sold to Globosat Brazil, along with SPT Networks Africa and Z Tele Canada. StreamTV, meanwhile, picked up Ice Racer Showdown (12 x 60 minutes), Body Fuel (13 x 30 minutes), Positive Living (13 x 30 minutes) and doc series Human Nature (4 x 60 minutes). Finally, Frontier Vets (13 x 30 minutes) was sold to ERT Greece.