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Extra: History Canada heads to Rust Valley; Russia’s Red Media feasts on Gusto content

History Canada readies Rust Valley Restorers History Canada, part of the Corus Entertainment channel portfolio, and Vancouver’s Mayhem Entertainment are prepping the automotive restoration series Rust Valley Restorers. The 8 x 60-minute ...
November 15, 2018

History Canada readies Rust Valley Restorers

History Canada, part of the Corus Entertainment channel portfolio, and Vancouver’s Mayhem Entertainment are prepping the automotive restoration series Rust Valley Restorers.

The 8 x 60-minute original series (pictured) will head to the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains to highlight the Rust Valley’s unique car restoration community that revolves around a shop owned by Mike Hall, otherwise known as “the Rasta Blasta.”

Rust Valley Restorers will document Hall and his colorful crew, including Avery Shoaf and Connor Hall, as they work to return cars to their former glory, transforming rusted out shells into collectible and functioning cars.

Mayhem’s Tyson Hepburn and Matthew Shewchuk serve as executive producers. Andrew Johnson, executive in charge of production at Corus, is executive producer for History.

The series premieres Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History Canada.

(By Daniele Alcinii)

Gusto Worldwide moves feast of food shows to Russia

Gusto Worldwide Media has sold 83 half-hour episodes and more than 200 short-form videos to Russian pay-TV company Red Media.

Under the deal, titles including Watts on the Grill (13 x 30 minutes), Fresh Market Dinners (10 x 30 minutes) and Fish the Dish (30 x 30 minutes) will air on Red Media’s channel Kitchen TV, as well as in the Baltic States and Commonwealth of Independent States territories. In addition to the short-form content, the agreement also includes The Urban Vegetarian (15 x 30 minutes) and Bonacini’s Italy (15 x 30 minutes).

Gusto’s Corey Caplan, senior director of international sales, said in a statement that the deal is reflective of a growing appetite among buyers for short-form food content.

The deal with Red Media comes on the heels of deals with Philippines-based ACCION (for 121 episodes and 386 short-form videos), Australia’s SBS Food (which picked up 40 hours of Gusto content) and U.S. streaming service Pluto TV (for eight original series and four specials).

(By Jordan Pinto, Playback Daily)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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