Deals: Indiecan, Cineflix Rights, Blue Ant Int’l

Cineflix Rights nabs the global distribution rights to Storm Stories: The Next Chapter, while Blue Ant International unveils a raft of sales for Prison.

contracts_digital_2000x3000Indiecan Entertainment

Toronto’s Indiecan Entertainment and Canadian foreign sales and distribution company APL Film have jointly acquired the sale rights to Alex Chung’s Contracts. Written, directed and produced by Chung, the film follows a team of assassins, led by an extremist, who end up becoming victims of a serial killer. The martial arts indie recently made its world premiere at Toronto After Dark Film Festival, picking up the Best Action Film and Best Fight Scene awards. Via the deal, Indiecan will represent the U.S. and Canadian sale rights to the film, while APL Film holds the international sale rights. This agreement was negotiated between Indiecan CEO Avi Federgreen, Warren Nimchuk and Brian Sweet from APL Film and Unstable Ground’s Justin McConnell on behalf of Chung.

Cineflix Rights

Cineflix Rights has picked up the global distribution rights to the natural history series Storm Stories: The Next Chapter (8 x 60 minutes) from U.S. broadcaster The Weather Channel. Produced by Towers Productions for The Weather Channel television network, the series features first-person accounts of people who survived devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and wildfires. Giuliana Benvenuto, manager, acquisitions, North America for Cineflix Rights brokered the deal with The Weather Channel. According to a press release, the series was the number one new series of the year on The Weather Channel, earning 40% above average audiences for original programming, with nearly 16 million people watching the science and natural history series since its debut.

Blue Ant International

Blue Ant International has sold Spring Films’ BAFTA-nominated series Prison (3 x 60 minutes) to nine international broadcasters across 82 territories. In Europe, the Blue Ant Media distribution arm has inked deals for season one with W9 (M6 Group) for French-speaking Europe, TV2 AS for Norway, RTL for Luxembourg, Polsat Poland, Discovery Networks Italy and Autentic GMBH for German-speaking Europe. The series, which goes behind the bars of a mens’ prison, has also been picked up in the Oceania region by both Nine Network Australia and Sky in New Zealand. In North America, Bell Media also acquired the show for its French-language services.

Additionally, season two of Prison, which will run for three sixty-minute episodes, is available for pre-sale ahead of Content London 2019. Originally commissioned by Channel 4, the sophomore season of the show tracks female offenders and their bonds with officers and prison itself.

Image of Contracts courtesy of Indiecan Entertainment