Sherman Oaks-based indie prodco and distributor GRB Studios, formerly GRB Entertainment, has inked a strategic partnership with Montreal-based producer-distributor Media Ranch.
Announced ahead of NATPE Miami, the partnership will see the companies jointly develop, produce and distribute original unscripted IP, in addition to new and existing formats. Under the pact, any future projects commissioned by U.S. networks will be produced by GRB, while projects greenlit in Canada will be produced by Media Ranch. Both of the companies will continue to operate independently.
On the distribution front, Media Ranch will distribute all jointly produced projects and formats for both companies in Europe, Scandinavia and the Central and Eastern European region. Meanwhile, GRB will handle sales in the U.S., UK and the world. In addition, the U.S. producer-distributor will handle worldwide distribution of both companies’ existing catalogs.
In December, Media Ranch unveiled the eight participants chosen for its French-Canadian format incubator, Horsepower, with Quebecor Content. First unveiled in October, the program sees creatives develop an original format tailored to meet the needs of TVA Group and its various channels. The winning project will receive money from Quebecor Content towards one proof-of-concept episode.
In other GRB Studios news, its Emmy Award-winning docuseries Intervention has been launched into U.S. broadcast syndication by A+E Networks and Los Angeles-based PPI Releasing.
The 2019-2020 U.S. broadcast season will see 175 episodes of the long-running series in syndication. The addiction-focused series showcases the staggering social, economic and environmental cost of drug addiction, alcohol abuse and compulsive behavior.
Each episode follows addicts and their dependency that has devastated their family and friends. On the brink, the addicts’ loved ones stage a surprise intervention conducted by a specialist with the hopes of having them get the help they need in order to turn their lives around before it’s too late.
“PPI is the perfect partner to deliver this important series to the syndication marketplace,” said A+E Networks International executive managing directors Patrick Vien and Edward Sabin, in a statement. “We acknowledge PPI’s long-running expertise in domestic distribution and are delighted with their commitment to this acclaimed series, a series that highlights one of the most vital and important issues of the day.”
With files from Realscreen’s Selina Chignall and Playback’s Lauren Malyk