California-based producer-distributor GRB Entertainment has sold five of its unscripted titles to Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Canada’s Game TV Corporation has acquired Original Media’s BBQ Pitmasters (pictured). The series ran for seven seasons and centered on a global competition for the best barbecue, with thousands of dollars at stake. Originally airing on TLC from 2009 – 2010, it moved to Destination America in 2011 and aired its last original episode in 2015.
Australia’s Foxtel, meanwhile, has picked up three different series, including Culinary Entertainment Agency’s BBQ Rules. The series stars Myron Mixon, three-time winner of the World Championship Barbecue and a judge on BBQ Pitmasters, and offers practical tips for cooking up your own barbecue at home. Just in its second season, each season features three episodes airing on Destination America.
In Four Points Television’s production Jet Truck, daredevil Chris Darnell thrills live crowds with his souped-up truck at speeds of up to 376 MPH. Jet Truck aired for a single season.
The third purchase by Foxtel is Cropsey, a film investigating an urban legend that has come true as two filmmakers return to their home town in search for the story behind five missing children. Produced by Antidote Films, Afterhours Productions and Ghost Robot, the 2009 film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the 2009 Tribeca grand jury prize.
Finally, E! Entertainment and Style have purchased two seasons of My First Home, following first-time home-buyers through the challenges of finding a first home. Airing on TLC, the Authentic Entertainment-made series recently completed its seventh season.