Tricon inks slew of factual sales

Factual series such as Metal Evolution (pictured) and I Didn't Do It were sold into international territories including Germany, Australia, France and Asia.
May 8, 2013

Toronto-based Tricon Films & Television has sold more than 100 hours of factual series and documentaries, including Metal Evolution, I Didn’t Do It and Mark It, to international territories including Germany, Australia, France and Asia.

ZDF Germany and Studio, owned by SBS Australia, picked up Metal Evolution (11 x 60 minutes), produced by Toronto-based Banger Films. Spafax UK and Spafax Swiss Airlines also picked up inflight rights to the series, which explores the phenomenon of heavy metal music with metal-head-turned-anthropologist Sam Dunn.

Studio also picked up Banger Films’ Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage ( 2 x 60 mins) and Morgan White’s doc The Rep (1 x 60 mins).

I Didn’t Do It (7 x 60 mins), which exposes untold stories of wrongful convictions and is narrated by Chris Noth, was sold to Foxtel Crime & Investigation Australia and New Zealand, AETN Asia, Crime and Investigation Spain and RTL Crime Netherlands. Toronto-based Lively Media produces the series, which was commissioned by and produced for Discovery Channel Canada and Investigation Discovery U.S.

Meanwhile, RSI Italian Speaking Switzerland and Planete+ France picked up documentary Abandon Ship (1 x 60 mins), while Mark It (12 x 30 mins), about how new marketing and media concepts change the way advertising is created and consumed, was sold to i Cable Hong Kong, Lens Media China and Naxos Korea. Spafax Air Canada also took inflight rights to Mark It, while Landmark Media USA and Canada took educational rights to the series.

Sticking with the inner workings of the ad world, Spafax Air Canada and Spafax Finnair picked up inflight rights to Ad Factory (24 x 30 mins), while educational rights were sold to Landmark Media USA and Canada.

Landmark Media also picked up educational rights for the U.S. and Canada to Taza Media’s feature doc Colour Me (1 x 60 mins), about a motivational speaker who explores his biracial identity, and Innovation Lab (12 x 60 mins).

Discovery Asia took rights to Bellum Entertainment Group’s man- on-the-street trivia show On The Spot (27 x 30 mins) and Zoo Clues (26 x 30 mins), which was also sold to Studio U7 in Russia.

Elsewhere, Game Changers (8 x 30 mins), O Canada Project (1 x 60 mins), Racing Around the World Alone (1 x 60 mins) and Abandon Ship (1 x 60 mins) were sold to CCTV and Doc Channel of BJTV China; Original Kin: Annie Ong ( 1 x 60 mins) was sold to Telewizja Poland; Ad Persuasion (52 x 30 mins) and Chemerical (1 x 60 mins) to Onet Poland; and Corpus (1 x 60 mins) was sold to Once TV Mexico.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.