Corus Studios unveils sales for over 300 hours of content

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Island of Bryan, The Big Bake and Masters of Flip were among the series that secured sales.

Corus Studios has announced a number of new content deals, selling more than 300 hours of programming worldwide.

Announced by the Corus Entertainment division focused on developing, producing and distributing original lifestyle, unscripted and factual content globally yesterday (Nov. 2), the studio has inked a deal with Australia’s Nine Network for Scott’s Vacation House Rules (Vacation House Rules, 13 x 60 minutes, McGillivray Entertainment in association with Corus Studios for HGTV Canada) and sold season one and two of Island of Bryan (which was rebranded as Renovation Island for HGTV U.S.) to Poland’s Canal + Polska.

Produced by Si Entertainment in association with Corus Studios for HGTV Canada, the series – which follows Bryan Baeumler and his family as they take on renovations at their beachfront resort in the Bahamas – was sold to HGTV U.S. this May, marking the first Corus Studios sale of a Baeumler series to the network.

Notably, in a statement, EVP of content and corporate strategy Colin Bohm said Island of Bryan is currently the #2 show year-to-date in the U.S. market and that it had attracted more than 22 million viewers during its 11-week run in the territory. As well, he said the series “continues to be HGTV Canada’s most-watched series in a decade.”

Additionally, Corus Studios unveiled sales for two Nikki Ray Media Agency projects: The Big Bake and Fire Masters.

Both produced in association with Corus Studios for Food Network Canada, holiday baking competition series The Big Bake was acquired by the U.K.’s ITVBe, while Poland’s Canal + Polska snagged BBQ series Fire Masters.

Meanwhile, renovation series Masters of Flip also secured a number of deals.

Produced by Rhino Content for HGTV Canada, the series led by husband-and-wife duo Kortney and Dave Wilson was sold to Nat Geo People for Asia (season three and four, 16 x 60 minutes); Discovery for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg (season one and two, 26 x 60 minutes); Bravo New Zealand for New Zealand (season one, 12 x 60 minutes); and Bell Media for French Canada (season one).

As well, Making It Home with Kortney & Dave (10 x 60 minutes) was picked up by HGTV U.S., Asia’s Nat Geo People, Australia’s Nine Network and Israel’s Talit Communications. The new show from Scott Brothers Entertainment sees Kortney and Dave Wilson work with homeowners to make strategic moves with their money, helping them convert their fixer-upper into their dream home.

Corus Studios also announced that season one to three of Backyard Builds (33 x 60 minutes, Frantic Films in association with Corus Studios for HGTV Canada) was acquired by Australia’s Foxtel and that Nine Network had struck a deal for a pre-broadcast buy of Farmhouse Facelift (10 x 60 minutes, Sonar Entertainment in association with Corus Studios for HGTV Canada).

Additionally, Bell Media picked up season two of $ave My Reno (14 x 60 minutes, Great Pacific Media in association with Corus Studios for HGTV Canada) and History Erased (Cream Productions in association with Corus Studios for History) for French Canada. And rounding out the factual front, Discovery snagged Salvage Kings (10 x 60 minutes, Media Headquarters in association with Corus Studios for History) for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Corus also plugged both new and returning additions into its market slate. Some of its new Corus Studios original projects include: bakery overhaul series Project Bakeover (10 x 60 minutes, eOne Entertainment/Corus Studios); docuseries Cheese: A Love Story (6 x 60 minutes, Proper Television/Corus Studios); docuseries Backroad Truckers (8 x 60 minutes, Mayhem Entertainment/Corus Studios); and renovation shows Rock Solid Builds (10 x 60 minutes, Cineflix Productions/Corus Studios) and Family Home Overhaul (8 x 60 minutes, Proper Television/Corus Studios). Notably, Family Home Overhaul started airing this September on HGTV Canada, while the rest are set to debut in 2021.