Deals: MK2|Mile End, Gusto, 9 Story

Palme d'Or winner Parasite (pictured) is headed to Canada via a distribution deal with MK2|Mile End, while Gusto expands its U.S. presence.

MK2|Mile End

Montreal distributor MK2|Mile End has acquired the Canadian distribution rights to four international film titles, including this year’s Palme d’Or winner Parasite (South Korea, pictured), directed by Bong Joon Ho. The dark comedy film has been somewhat of a sensation since it landed in theatres on May 30, grossing more than $60 million to date in South Korea. MK2|Mile End also picked up the domestic rights to Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France), which won the best screenplay prize at Cannes Film Festival. The distribution company also acquired feature-length doc Honeyland (Macedonia) and Aardman Studios’ A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (U.K.), which is the sequel to 2015′s Shaun the Sheep Movie.


Gusto TV is continuing to expand its streaming presence in the U.S. through a newly inked deal with Samsung. Under the agreement, the Gusto Worldwide Media platform will be made available on TV Plus, a digital entertainment app offered on Samsung smart televisions in the U.S. Over the past year, Gusto TV has also launched on STIRR, Pluto TV, XUMO, DistroTV and VEMOX in the U.S.

9 Story Distribution

The international distribution arm of Canada’s 9 Story Media Group has sold L.A. prodco Sutikki’s preschool copro Moon and Me to a number of new international broadcasters, including ABC (Australia), TVNZ (New Zealand), ZPO Zappelin (Netherlands), RTE (Ireland), HOP! (Israel), NRK (Norway), Studio Canal (Pan European) and YLE (Finland). Created by Andrew Davenport (Teletubbies), the 50 x 22-minute series is coproduced by Toronto-based 9 Story Media Group, Sutikki and Davenport’s Foundling Bird. It first premiered on U.K. kidsnet CBeebies in February and made its U.S. debut on Universal Kids last month. The stop-motion/live-action series is about a magical toy named Pepi Nana who lives in a house with a family of toy friends, which come to life at night.

With files from Kidscreen