APTN-owned distribution company to debut at MIPCOM

First Contact
Animiki See Distribution, which APTN describes as a "wholly owned arms-length subsidiary," is heading to the TV market with a trio of factual titles.

After entering the Canadian OTT market last month with the launch of lumi, APTN is continuing to make big moves with the debut of a new distribution banner.

Animiki See Distribution (ASD), which APTN describes as a “wholly owned arms-length subsidiary,” is heading to MIPCOM with a trio of factual titles.

Among them is First Contact (6 x 60 minutes), a documentary series that seeks to confront racist attitudes towards Indigenous culture in Canada. The series is created by Blackfella Films Australia and produced by Indios Films, Numan Films and Animiki See Digital Productions.

ASD will also shop Tribal Police Files (26 x 30 minutes), which takes a look at First Nations police services, as well as Picking Up The Pieces: The Making Of The Witness Blanket (1 x 90 minutes). The latter, produced by M1 Films in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, follows artist Carey Newman on his journey to create the “Witness Blanket” – a national monument that commemorates the experiences of residential school survivors across Canada.

In addition, ASD will bring the pre-school animation series Louis Says (26 x 30 minutes), produced by Landslide Entertainment, to the TV market.

The debut of the new distribution company comes during a busy year for APTN. In addition to the launch of its OTT offering lumi, the broadcaster is this year celebrating its 20th year of broadcasting. It will also be a year of transition, as longtime CEO Jean La Rose departs the company in December. The organization has not yet named a successor to La Rose’s position.