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Extra: Blue Ant, Handel Productions ink deal; “Mary’s Kitchen Crush” goes abroad

Blue Ant International to distribute Handel Productions’ catalog Blue Ant International has taken over distribution for Montreal-based Handel Productions’ content library ahead of this month’s MIPCOM market in Cannes. The Blue Ant ...
October 1, 2019

Blue Ant International to distribute Handel Productions’ catalog

Blue Ant International has taken over distribution for Montreal-based Handel Productions’ content library ahead of this month’s MIPCOM market in Cannes.

The Blue Ant Media distribution arm will bring the factual prodco’s library of titles to the French television market as part of its 330-hour content offering.

Items among the newly-acquired catalog include documentaries Who Sank the Titanic (1 x 90 minutes), Inside the Titanic (1 x 90 minutes), Last Day of the Dinosaurs (1 x 68 minutes) and docuseries Naked Science (20 x 60 minutes).

Boat Rocker Studios takes Mary’s Kitchen Crush global

Boat Rocker Studios – Boat Rocker Media’s content, distribution and brands arm – has whisked up a trio of deals for Mary’s Kitchen Crush.

The half-hour cooking show starring season three MasterChef Canada winner Mary Berg (pictured) has been sold to U.S. streaming network Tastemade, Australian pay-TV food channel Lifestyle FOOD and Australian public broadcaster SBS. The entire first season of Mary’s Kitchen Crush, which consists of 30 episodes, will premiere on Tastemade on Oct. 9.

Produced by Boat Rocker’s Proper Television in association with Bell Media, the series follows Berg as she prepares original recipes inspired by her family and friends. Unveiled by Bell Media last June, Mary’s Kitchen Crush made its debut on CTV this April and airs on Bell Media’s SVOD Crave and CTV Life Channel (formerly Gusto) in Canada.

Exec producers on the show include Proper Television co-presidents Cathie James and Leisa Capone, as well as VP of content Allison Grace. Garrett Wintrip serves as series producer. In September 2017, Boat Rocker Media acquired Proper Television and its distribution arm Proper Rights.

(Photo courtesy of Boat Rocker)

A+E Networks Int’l, JTBC partner for Solo Wars

A+E Networks International and Korean broadcaster JTBC will distribute the unscripted dating format Solo Wars, the first project to come out of the companies’ recently announced partnership.

The game show watches 100 singles compete for love and/or a cash prize, with participants forming romantic allegiances to progress to the next round. Each round ends with one or multiple eliminations, with one couple eventually taking home the prize.

Solo Wars will be launched by A+E Networks International at MIPCOM this month, following outings on JTBC in Korea and LeTV in China.

Leonine names Christiane Goldberg SVP, sales

ProSiebenSat.1 Media executive Christiane Goldberg has joined the newly-formed German media company Leonine as senior vice president of sales.

Goldberg will head license sales of the group and report to CEO Fred Kogel, who has overall responsibility for the licensing division.

Most recently, Goldberg served at SVP of group content acquisitions and sales at European mass media company ProSiebenSat.1 Media.

In that role, she was responsible for the acquisitions of feature films and series. Since 2016, Goldberg has also been in charge of license sales for the TV group in German-speaking Europe.

With files from Playback

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