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Tricon granted creditor protection

Canadian producer-distributor Tricon Films and Television was granted a 30-day period of creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). Tricon filed for protection with the Ontario Superior Court ...
December 20, 2016

Canadian producer-distributor Tricon Films and Television was granted a 30-day period of creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). Tricon filed for protection with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Dec. 9 and will remain under CCAA protection until Jan. 11, 2017.

In its filing, the Toronto-headquartered company claimed protection on the grounds that it is insolvent. Tricon also applied to have the stay of proceedings extended from Jan. 11 to Jan. 31, in order to give the company time to “effect a sale or an orderly wind down of their business.”

A motion is set to be heard on Tuesday, which will determine whether or not the company will receive the Court’s approval to move ahead with seeking a buyer for its library. If granted, Tricon will have until Jan. 17, 2017 to receive an official offer of purchase. Definitive documentation must then be finalized and sale approval motion materials served by Jan. 24, 2017, and the transaction closed by Jan. 31, 2017.

Tricon president Andrea Gorfolova confirmed in an email to Playback Daily that the company is in the process of selling its distribution library and will continue to deliver on its production commitments.

A Dec. 15 filing from KSV Kofman, Tricon’s appointed monitor and financial advisory services firm, said Tricon has reduced its employee count from 36 to 11, and is in the process of contacting networks and producers to advise of the proceedings.

According to a filing, representatives of KSV met with Gorfolova on Dec. 12, with Gorfolova’s team now in process of compiling a list of prospective purchasers and the relevant information to allow KSV to handle the sale process in the order mandated by the court. All offers will be subject to approval from the court.

The filing also states that Tricon has not generated enough EBITDA to service its debt and capital costs, including equipment and minimum guarantees, the latter of which were described as “a significant cash drain on the business.”

In fact, in the fiscal year ending May 31, 2016, Tricon reported more than $31 million in revenue and expenses of more than $29 million. After interest, taxes and other factors, the company recorded a net income loss of $2.8 million.

Tricon remained relatively active on the production and distribution fronts this year. In August, the company announced the sale of 100 hours of content from its documentary, scripted and lifestyle slates, including the doc series Reelside, Inocente, The Restorers and Muscle Car.  In December, the company’s the unscripted series Timber Creek Lodge premiered on Bravo Media, with Scripps Networks International earlier picking up the 14-part Food’s Greatest Hits.   

From Playback

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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