Deals: Corus Studios, White Pine, Sky TV, Radio-Canada

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Netflix extends its deal with Corus Studios for season two of Rust Valley Restorers, while Toxic Beauty and James vs. His Future Self score new sales.

Corus Studios

Netflix has extended its deal with Corus Studios for global rights to season two of Rust Valley Restorers (12 x 60 minutes). The series, produced by Mayhem Entertainment in association with Corus Studios, gives a view into the world of car restoration, set in “Rust Valley.” It airs on History in Canada. The first six episodes of season two will premiere on Netflix on May 8, with the back half set to premiere in in the summer. Rita Carbone Fleury, who oversees global sales of original Corus content, brokered the deal.

White Pine Pictures

U.S. network Starz has picked up the rights to White Pine Pictures documentary Toxic Beauty, directed by Phyllis Ellis. The film, which had its world premiere at Hot Docs in 2019, shows the dangerous side of the beauty industry and the lack of regulations around the chemicals found in cosmetics. Toxic Beauty will premiere tonight (April 27) on Starz. It had its U.S. premiere in fall 2019 at the Meet the Press film festival and is available to stream in Canada on CBC Gem.

Sky TV

Jonas Chernick and Jeremy LaLonde’s James vs. His Future Self has been sold to Sky TV in the U.K. Set to be released today (April 27), Sky TV boasts a subscriber base of over 24 million, spanning across the entire United Kingdom.

Following this debut, the Sudbury, ON-shot feature produced by Chernick, Neophyte Productions’ Jordan Walker and JoBro Productions’ Jonathan Bronfman will be released in the U.S. by Gravitas Ventures on digital and VOD platforms on May 1. Co-produced JoBro Productions’ Andrew Bronfman, James vs. His Future Self features Raven Banner Entertainment’s Andrew T. Hunt, Michael Paszt and James Fler as exec producers.

Co-written by Chernick and LaLonde, the comedy about a time travel-obsessed scientist who encounters a future version of himself is nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Original Screenplay. Earlier this month, the feature directed by LaLonde was released on iTunes, Bell and Shaw by Raven Banner’s specialty arm Northern Banner Releasing. In addition to Chernick, James vs. His Future Self stars Daniel Stern, Cleopatra Coleman, Tommie-Amber Pirie and Frances Conroy.


Quebec pubcaster Radio-Canada has picked up the rights to the first season of Russian animated series preschool Kid-E-Cats for its streaming service Ici TOU. TV Extra. The series is owned by CTC Media and produced by Studio Metrafilms. It follows the tales of three kittens as they problem-solve through life. The deal was secured by APC Kids, the children’s division of producer and distributor APC Studios. Kid-E-Cats is available in more than 170 territories.