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Sales round-up: Blue Ant Int’l, Passion Distribution

Blue Ant International has sold four Canadian-produced series to Discovery networks in various territories. Discovery Family channel in the U.S. picked up home design series Post My Party (pictured; 13 x 30 minutes), ...
November 14, 2016

Blue Ant International has sold four Canadian-produced series to Discovery networks in various territories.

Discovery Family channel in the U.S. picked up home design series Post My Party (pictured; 13 x 30 minutes), produced by Toronto’s General Purpose Entertainment.

Meanwhile Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic (DLA/USH) acquired Our House Media-produced series Paranormal Survivor (20 x 60 minutes). The fact-ent show, originally produced for Blue Ant’s T+E channel, has now been sold into 186 territories globally, according to Blue Ant.

DLA/USH also picked up Holiday Makeover (6 x 30 minutes), which Blue Ant Media produces in-house. The seasonal decoration series was originally made for Blue Ant’s Makeful channel.

Season two of Live Here, Buy This! was also acquired by Discovery for its female-targeted Hispanic channel Discovery Familia. The show, produced by Toronto’s JV Productions for HGTV, looks at homes throughout the world that are a financial match for a Canadian couple.

The announcement comes ahead of the international market MIPCancun, which runs from Nov. 16 to 18. Blue Ant will be shopping more 600 hours of its library at the event.

(From Playback’s Jordan Pinto)

Timber Kings

Timber Kings

Elsewhere, London sales house Passion Distribution has inked a raft of package deals across Africa following last month’s trade show DISCOP Africa.

East African broadcaster Wananchi has acquired more than 170 hours of content, including Paperny Entertainment’s Timber Kings (season one, 10 x 60 minutes) and Carver Kings (14 x 30 minutes); The Weather Channel’s Three Scientists Walk into a Bar (8 x 60 minutes) and Fat Guys in the Woods (season two, 8 x 60 minutes); and a string of hour-long specials from Firecracker Films that include Daredevils: The Sky Walker, Daredevils: The Human Bird and Daredevils: The Ice Man.

BBC Worldwide, meanwhile, has acquired Rich Kids of Social Media (Popkorn TV; 6 x 60 minutes), The Secret Life of Human Pups (Firecracker Films; 1 x 60 minutes), Evolution of Us (Pioneer Productions; 2 x 60 minutes) and Deadliest Pests Down Under (Popkorn TV; 20 x 30 minutes).

Fact-ent title Deadliest Pests Down Under has also been taken by Discovery in Australia and Italy; BBC Worldwide in Poland; and NTV in Germany.

Dangerous Ways to School

The Most Dangerous Ways to School

Finally, Berlin-based distribution firm Quintus Media has secured a raft of sales with content from German television prodco Maximus Film.

Season two of The Most Dangerous Ways to School (5 x 48 minutes; pictured, above) has been sent to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, while South Korea’s Iplanet Entertainment has taken seasons one and two.

Behind Bars: The World’s Toughest Prisons (6 x 60 minutes), meanwhile, has been acquired by Australian pay-TV channel Foxtel, French-speaking Canada’s Canal D, Hong Kong’s i-Cable and New Zealand’s TVNZ.

Polish digital terrestrial television doc channel Fokus TV has picked up pop science series Evil Knows (6 x 60 minutes), as well as The Most Dangerous Ways to School and Behind Bars: The World’s Toughest Prisons.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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