Federation Entertainment takes a stake in WeMake
Paris- and Los Angeles-based indie Federation Entertainment has acquired a stake in Bouchra Réjani’s prodco WeMake, which specializes in unscripted, scripted and digital formats.
WeMake was launched in June 2017 by former Shine France COO Réjani after teaming with Federation Entertainment. Since its inception, the Paris-based shop has developed a catalog of more than 20 original formats, and signed several copro and distribution deals with international players, including John de Mol’s Talpa TV in Europe, and Lionsgate and Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) in the U.S.
Additionally, WeMake has teamed with Live Nation Productions in the U.S. to develop and produce a musical talent competition series. The company has also acquired the French adaptation rights for the Belgian format Taboe, which has already been sold to more than 12 countries.
This past January, WeMake inked a deal with indie content distributor Global Agency, giving WeMake an exclusive first-look at all of the distributor’s existing and future projects, in order to have sole adaptation rights for the French market.
Hat Trick Int’l pens first-look deal with Summer Films
Indie distributor Hat Trick International has secured an exclusive multi-year first-look deal with UK-based indie factual specialist Summer Films.
The new partnership sees Hat Trick International secure distribution on the six-part series The Drag Lab (pictured), recently commissioned for Channel 4, and Manhunting With My Mum, a one-hour special that will launch at this month’s MIPCOM market in Cannes. Hat Trick International will manage global distribution rights for both programs.
Set for delivery early next year, The Drag Lab sees drag queens Cheddar Gorgeous and Anna Phylactic and their drag family embark on their first-ever national road trip. Their aim is to help unleash ordinary Britain’s inner drag to become bigger, drag-enhanced versions of themselves.
Meanwhile, Manhunting With My Mum features AJ Odudu, a single club DJ and radio host who heads to Nigeria to get a taste of life and love the traditional way. AJ’s mum, Florence, is not satisfied with the modern dating world and has lined up four men who she believes would be a good fit for her daughter.
CBC to air Gord Downie documentary
Canadian pubcaster CBC will present the television broadcast premiere of Mike Downie’s documentary Finding The Secret Path on Oct. 12.
The hour-long documentary chronicles the final year in the life of Gord Downie, vocalist and frontman of Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip, as he worked to bring awareness of the dark legacy of Canada’s residential school system.
Highlighted in the film is the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Anishinaabe boy who died while attempting to escape a residential school in northern Ontario in 1966. The documentary includes never-before-seen footage and interviews with the Wenjack family and Indigenous leaders.
The documentary concludes a CBC broadcast trilogy that has spanned three years and includes The Secret Path and Gord Downie’s Secret Path in Concert. The film is executive produced by Gord Downie, Mike Downie, Patrick Downie, Patrick Sambrook, Stuart Coxe and Craig Baines.
Finding The Secret Path will premiere on Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBC.