An extensive array of non-fiction titles will be launched at Cannes during the 32nd annual MIPCOM market, running Oct. 17-20. Ahead of the excitement, realscreen presents part three of our round-up of titles heading to the Croisette. Be sure to check out part one and part two of our Shopper’s Guide.
The Toronto-based sales house will be at Cannes with its newly launched primetime series Billy Goes North (12 x 30 minutes; Proper Television).
The series, which aired in Canada on Sept. 9 on Corus Entertainment’s CMT, will feature the adventures of Billy the Exterminator‘s Billy Bretherton as he departs Louisiana in order to conquer some of the country’s most dangerous pests and critters. The new series will see Bretherton battling wolves preying on livestock, beavers flooding country roads, evicting porcupines from a home and wrangling escaped exotic animals.
The award-winning Montreal-based production and distribution firm is Palais-bound with a strong lineup of major original television formats and finished series.
Among the roster is 90′s Canadian blind dating series Thunderstruck (100 x 30 minutes), which has been remade for V Media Group’s V channel in Quebec. Originally developed by Ferron International, the series will be made available to buyers for the first time outside of Canada.
Also making its debut at the international marketplace is dating competition series Double Occupancy (pictured, above), which brings together single men and women in search of love and adventure. After a series of weekly eliminations, the winners leave as a couple with a cash prize and a new home to their name. Media Ranch retains the rights to remake the show in English-speaking Canada, and is selling the format and finished French-language series on the Croisette.
Other programs in the Canadian company’s lineup include culinary series Tipsy Recipes (20 x 30 minutes; Salvail Television), which features Eric Salvail mixing food and alcohol for celebrity guests that can’t cook; and reality confession format True Sex Confessions (13 x 30 minutes), which reveals intimate, exciting, disastrous or humorous sexual encounters, retold through personal testimony and dramatic reconstructions. Media Ranch is selling the format and finished French-language rights to both series.
The London-based indie distributor returns to Cannes with a slate of factual properties that includes culinary adventure series Chuck’s World and veterinary series Wild Animal Rescue.
Chuck’s World (13 x 30 minutes; Trio Orange) follows celebrity chef Chuck Hughes as he traverses the country to discover local dishes while tracking down some of the world’s most exotic ingredients to create meals typical of the regions he visits.
Meanwhile, Wild Animal Rescue (6 x 60 minutes; Top Shelf Productions and Clawed Hat Films) offers unprecedented access to Four Paws, one of the world’s largest animal welfare organizations, as they undertake a variety of missions to rescue abused animals and provide them a better life.
Also Palais-bound is Style Factory (14 x 30 minutes; Cineflix Productions), the latest addition to the distributor’s Factory franchise. The series provides a behind-the-scenes look at how fashion and beauty products are made while revealing the stories behind the items consumers covet most.