Deals: Media Ranch, Peace Point, Proper Rights

Montreal-based Media Ranch acquires global rights to Ivy Press' 30-Second book series, plus more deals of the week. (30-Second Wine pictured).

30 second wineMedia Ranch
Media Ranch has optioned the rights to the 30-second book series from Ivy Press. The Montreal-based producer will develop both long- and short-form digital and linear unscripted  content based on books from the series, which includes titles such as 30-Second Psychology30-Second Wine and 30-Second Theories. Each title of the book series looks at a particular topic, and then looks at 50 theories, ideas or concepts linked to the topic. Each concept linked to the larger subject is then explained in two pages, with the idea that readers can digest this new info in only 30 seconds. Sales of the 30-second book series has exceeded three million copies across 30 titles in 25 languages worldwide.

Proper Rights
Proper Rights has sold a number of titles from its lifestyle, factual and doc slates to Australia and Canada. NBC Universal’s Style Network in Australia picked up Firvalley Productions’ Real Designing Woman (10 x 30 minutes), while Investigation Discovery in Canada acquired seasons two and three of Cream Productions’ Fear Thy Neighbor (23 x 60 minutes). TVA meanwhile picked up Make It Right Productions’ Holmes in New Orleans (8 x 60 minutes, plus a one-hour special).

Peace Point Rights
Peace Point Rights has sold the rights to Canadian/Kenya psychological thriller Nightrunners to Nigeria-based, pan-African satellite channel EbonyLife TV. The film is produced by Plus 8 Pictures, High Park Entertainment and Kenya’s Kanyala Little Stars, and is written and directed by Rowan Nicole Nielsen. The film, which tells of a girl who travels to a remote Kenyan malaria-plagued island to help at the local orphanage, stars Mandi Nicholson and Grace Glowicki. Executive producers on the project are Thomas Walden, Eric Birnberg, the late Benta Odhiambo and Fostine Opiyo Odhiambo.

9 Story
9 Story Media Group has licensed a raft of content to free-to-air broadcaster Televisa’s new over-the-top SVOD service, blim, which launched Feb. 22 and will be rolling out across multiple LatAm territories. Under the terms of the deal, Televisa has nabbed 800 episodes of animated and live-action children’s programming, including seasons one to three of both Almost Naked Animals (9 Story Media Group) and Finding Stuff Out (Apartment 11 Productions), as well as season one of Monkey See Monkey Do (Smartoonz, Title Entertainment).

Teletoon Canada
Mobile-based, non-verbal comedy Chop Chop Ninja Challenge from Montreal companies Sardine Productions and Gamerizon has sold to a number of global broadcasters under a deal with the IP’s Barcelona-based distributor GoldBee. Read more here.

DHX Media
Paris-based Technicolor has inked a broadcast deal with CBBC for the family-friendly underwater adventure series The Deep from co-producers DHX Media and A Stark Production. Read more here.

With files from Patrick Callan, Kidscreen