Brad Brough

How Boxing Cats turned its format into a Swedish hit

The prodco’s president Brad Brough tells Playback about how Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All found success in Europe.

Cara Gee

DRG to shop Strange Empire internationally

The indie distributor will start selling the CBC drama at MIPCOM. (Strange Empire co-star Cara Gee pictured.)

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CHCH buys Mark Burnett game show

Spin Off from Suddenly SeeMore Productions will debut on the indie broadcaster in fall 2013, before being shopped, along with the original format, to international broadcasters.

Bates Motel

Weekly roundup: nominations, premieres and festival news

Included in this week’s briefs are Canadian nominations for the Webby Awards and news that B.C.-serviced U.S. production Bates Motel (pictured) has been renewed by A&E Network.


DRG sells Canadian format adaptation to Spike TV

The MIPTV deal sees the U.K. distributor sell Never Ever Do This At Home, which also airs on Discovery Channel Canada, to the U.S. channel for a May 28 debut.

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Diane Rankin leaving DRG

The Canadian exec, currently SVP of acquisitions for the U.K.-based distributor, will remain until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition, with ex-Target Entertainment exec Ali Hill appointed as head of acquisitions .

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Discovery Channel Canada orders Insight Productions format

The Canadian version of Never Ever Do This at Home is based on the original series from Norwegian broadcaster NRK and shopped internationally by DRG.


Buck Productions grabs Canadian format rights to Teenage Boss

The indie producer’s owner and exec producer Sean Buckley talks to Playback about putting a Canuck spin on the Norwegian format.

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Insight options format for Norwegian TV’s Never Ever Do This At Home

The Toronto-based prodco is on the verge of announcing a Canadian broadcaster for a local version of the NRK series, for which it optioned format rights in a deal brokered by indie distributor DRG.