Deals: IFC Films, Guru Studio, Gusto, Sinking Ship

My Salinger Year gets U.S. distribution, two Guru series fly worldwide, Gusto heads to Sling TV and Sinking Ship gears up for more Dino Dana books.

IFC Films

IFC Films has picked up the U.S. rights to Philippe Falardeau’s My Salinger Year. The Canada/Ireland copro opened the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. It was produced by Luc Déry and Kim McCraw of Montreal’s micro_scope and co-produced with Ruth Coady and Susan Mullen of Ireland’s Parallel Films. My Salinger Year, which stars Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley, is expected to be released later this year. The deal was brokered by Arianna Bocco, IFC Films’ EVP of Acquisitions and Productions, and UTA Independent Film Group and Memento Films International. UTA handles U.S. sales rights, while Memento leads global sales.

Guru Studio

Toronto prodco Guru Studio has inked a number of international broadcast deals for its series True and the Rainbow Kingdom and Justin TimeTrue and the Rainbow Kingdom has been picked up in a number of new territories, such as the U.K. (Tiny Pop), the U.S. (Discovery Family), Mexico (TV Azteca), Portugal and Spain (Canal Panda) and Indonesia (NET). Other networks have picked up additional seasons of the preschool series, including CBC, Denmark’s DR, Italy’s Discovery Frisbee and Switzerland’s RTS. Meanwhile, Justin Time has been picked up by a number of networks in Asia, including China’s Tencent and Youku, Hong Kong’s TVB, as well as the U.S. Armed Forces broadcaster AFRTS. True and the Rainbow Kingdom has had more than 260 million views on YouTube and YouTube kids and has a line of consumer products, including toys, books and costumes.

Gusto Worldwide Media

Gusto Worldwide Media’s Gusto TV has launched on Dish Network-founded American OTT Sling TV. Available to over 2.6 million U.S. “slingers,” according to a release, Gusto TV is now available on both TV and digital platforms. Titles headed to the Gusto TV channel include The Urban Vegetarian, Spencer’s Big 30 and One World Kitchen, to name a few. Earlier this year, Ottawa’s Gusto Worldwide Media sold over 30 hours of its original food programming to Estonian network Telia for its newly launched lifestyle channel Inspira and announced Gusto TV was headed to OTT and IPTV platform TikiLIVE.

Sinking Ship Entertainment

Sinking Ship Entertainment has extended its partnership with Mango Publishing following the success of its book Dino Dana: Dino Field Guide. The 230-page book, written by J.J. Johnson, Christin Simms and Colleen Russo Johnson, hit the top of the Amazon bestseller list ahead of its release date on May 19. The expanded deal with Mango Publishing includes additional books and games around the Dino Dana series, including a second volume of the Dino Field Guide, an activity workbook, board book and card games.