Deals: Breakthrough, Squeeze, Cineflix, Force Four

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Breakthrough Entertainment's Anne of Green Gables MOW (pictured) has been picked up by ITV3 in the U.K., plus more deals.

Breakthrough Entertainment
Breakthrough Entertainment’s Anne of Green Gables MOW is bound for the U.K., after being picked up by ITV3. The two-hour TV movie, which is produced by Breakthrough in association with Corus Entertainment’s YTV, was earlier acquired by pubcaster PBS in the U.S. The MOW has also been picked up in Germany by broadcaster ARD. Directed by John Kent Harrison from a script penned by Susan Coyne, the film stars  Ella Ballentine as Anne Shirley and Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert.

In other Breakthrough news this week, the Toronto-based company inked a deal with Johannesburg-based CG animation studio The Flying Circus. Under the agreement, Breakthrough has taken the sales rights to animated series Silly Seasons (26×24 minutes).

Cracké, the TV series from Quebec-based animation house Squeeze, has been picked up by French broadcaster CANAL+. In Canada, the series airs on Teletoon and production is currently underway on the series’ second season. Cracké follows the adventures of Ed, an anxious ostrich dad, and his beloved brood. The series is produced in collaboration with Teletoon, the Canada Media Fund, the Quebec Refundable Tax Credit for Film and Television Production (managed by SODEC), the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC) – CAVCO, the Bell Fund, and the National Bank.

Cineflix Rights
The U.K.-based rights division of Montreal’s Cineflix Media, Cineflix Rights, has inked a deal with German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1. The deal includes titles such as season one through eight of Cold Blood (99 x 60 minutes) and seasons one and two of Nowhere to Hide (12 x 60 minutes), both of which are produced by Cineflix Productions, as well as seasons six, seven and eight of Unusual Suspects (20 x 60 minutes), produced by LMNO Productions. 

Force Four Entertainment
Force Four Entertainment has inked a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment for the rights to the new Channel 4 UK fixed-rig reality series The Job Interview. Read more here.

DHX Brands has appointed 10 new U.K. licensees for its preschool property Teletubbies. Read more here.