Kew Media Distribution inks raft of pre-NATPE deals

2. Margaret Atwood _A Word After a Word After a Word
The Kew Media sales outfit has licensed White Pine's new Margaret Atwood doc to ViacomCBS Networks Americas, among other deals.

Kew Media Distribution (KMD) has unveiled a raft of sales to Canadian and international buyers as NATPE gets underway.

KMD has sold White Pine Pictures-produced doc Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word (pictured) to ViacomCBS Networks Americas to air on Paramount Channel Latin America. First unveiled in October, the doc about the Canadian novelist, poet and environmental activist was previously licensed by Hulu (U.S.), ARTE (France and Germany), Sky (U.K. and New Zealand) and HBO (Central and Eastern Europe), among other deals.

CBC Gem has acquired seasons one through four of U.K. drama Line of Duty (World Productions), while Super Channel has picked up season five of the series from showrunner Jed Mercurio (Bodyguard).

Radio-Canada has also acquired season five of Line of Duty for both linear and SVOD, as well as renewing season four for SVOD. It also picked up a trio of Agatha Christie movies – Agatha and the Truth of Murder, Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar and Agatha and the Death of X – for both linear and SVOD.

Elsewhere, KMD sold a number of seasons of Heartland (Seven24 Films and Dynamo Films) to SVOD platform Grey Juice Lab in Uruguay and Dominican Republic.

The announcement comes as KMD’s parent company Kew Media Group continues with a strategic review to assess its options moving forward. In December, the Toronto-headquartered company said it had appointed a special committee to examine a range of strategic alternatives including selling all or part of the company. The review got underway less than a month after Kew posted Q3 revenues of $47.5 million, down from $52.8 million year prior. Within that, distribution revenue climbed 19% to $20 million, up from $16.8 million last year, while production revenue fell by 24% to $27.5 million, from $36 million. Kew’s distribution business comprises KMD (the London- and L.A.-based distribution company formerly called Content Media Corporation) and London-based TCB Media Rights.

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