International digital content studio and broadcaster Little Dot Studios has secured a co-funding and global distribution deal with CBC Docs and a co-financing deal with Screen Australia that will launch new original documentaries for Real Stories, Little Dot’s digital doc channel.
The CBC Docs partnership sees Little Dot bringing additional funding to each documentary project while also utilizing viewer insights from its Real Stories documentary channel to optimize each film for global audiences.
The first project to stem from Little Dot Studios’ innovative co-funding partnership with Canadian pubcaster CBC, titled Finding Fukue (pictured), documents the journey of Canadian musician Jessica Stuart as she returns to Japan after 30 years in an attempt to solve the mystery of her long-lost friend, Fukue.
Directed by Edmund Stenson and Daniel Roher, the 21-minute short will be released internationally on Feb. 14 via Little Dot’s Real Stories channel, with a global audience of four million subscribers across YouTube and Facebook Watch.
Finding Fukue, a Loud Roar production, originally enjoyed a Canadian release in November via CBC Docs’ platform and was the first in a co-commissioning and funding partnership that was established between Little Dot Studios’ Alex Hryniewicz, head of owned channels, and CBC’s Lesley Birchard, executive in charge of production.
Andrew Moir’s Take Me To Prom will mark the second co-funded film between the two companies and will debut across Real Stories later this year. The film explores the experiences of LGBTQ Canadians as they look back at more than 60 years of prom night experiences.
In addition to the agreement with CBC Docs, Little Dot has unveiled its first Real Stories Original Series commission.
Tentatively titled Little Joe, the docuseries will chronicle a Lebanese debt collector in the suburbs of Western Sydney. Directed by David Ratner, the 6 x 10-minute series received principal production funding from Screen Australia, the Australian government’s main funding body for screen production.
“We’re extremely excited to have established these partnerships with CBC and Screen Australia to enable us to share these stories with our global audience,” said Little Dot Studios CEO Andy Taylor in a statement. “Real Stories regularly reaches a daily audience of over one million viewers and Canada and Australia are consistently in the top-five most viewed territories, alongside the U.S. and UK.
“These films form another innovative part of our content offering which includes acquired full-length documentaries from the world’s leading distributors alongside our growing slate of commissioned mid-form documentaries.”