Distributor Parthenon Entertainment has secured deals with broadcasters across English- and French-speaking Canada totalling 90 hours, for a host of titles including Men Who Swim (pictured).
Canadian broadcast group Stornoway Communications acquired 32 hours of programming for its speciality channels, The Pet Network and ichannel. Some of the titles include Dogs that Changed the World (2 x 60-minutes, HD) from Thirteen/WNET New York and Tigress Productions, The Legend of Santa (1 x 60-minutes, HD) and the one-hour special from Denkmal Film Pensioners Factory.
The Knowledge Network acquired the one-hour Men Who Swim, produced by Amp Film and Met Film, which follows a group of middle-aged men who make up Sweden’s all-male synchronised swimming team.
HiFi HD acquired 26 hours, including Zoo Juniors (30 x 30-minutes, HD), which is produced by DOKFilm Fernsehproduktion and follows the births and first steps of different animal species in Berlin’s two zoos.
Astral and Shaw Media-owned Historia, Canada’s French network speciality history channel, acquired 23 hours of programming, including Mystery Files series one and two (26 x 30-minutes, HD), produced by Parthenon Entertainment; and Helicopter Wars (4 x 60-minutes, HD) and Generals at War (6 x 60-minutes, HD), both produced by Windfall Films.
Lastly, Tele Quebec, the French language public educational network, acquired six hours of programming, including Aquavision TV’s Mystery Skulls of Palau (1 x 60-minutes, HD) and Leopard Queen (1 x 60-minutes, HD), as well as Polar Bears Living on Thin Ice (1 x 60-minutes, HD) and Namib Meerkats, produced by Studio Hamburg DocLights.
Peter Pas, senior sales director at Parthenon Entertainment, said: “We are now offering more factual entertainment programming to help widen the scope of our offering. With the recent spate of deals to Canada and activity at MIPCOM, it’s a genre we are becoming more adept at and want to explore further.”