Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has sealed a co-development agreement with Canadian indie Arcadia Content.
The pact will see the two companies partnering to co-develop factual history- and science-related projects and collaboratively seeking financial backing on pre-sales.
Banijay Rights and the Halifax-based Arcadia Content have already entered into discussions on a slate of projects, including Disaster: If It Happened Today and the history dive series Wreck Raisers.
Since its founding in 2001, Arcadia Content has produced and delivered more than 500 hours of premium factual content across the history, wildlife and science spaces, including Science Channel’s If We Built It Today (pictured), Love Nature’s Ocean Parks, Smithsonian Channel’s America Over The Edge, and History Canada and National Geographic’s Deadly Journeys of the Apostles. The company has also produced specials and series for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, History, Vision, CBC, Life, IFC, Historia and Z TV.
Banijay Rights, meanwhile, has recently secured co-development deals with Touchdown Films and First Look TV. As a result of pre-sales secured by the global distributor, Touchdown’s Artist to Icon has been greenlit by American arts broadcaster Ovation, and First Look’s Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer has been commissioned by cable channel Reelz.
“Working with Banijay connects us as regional producers in a global market,” John Wesley Chisholm, creative director at Arcadia, in a statement. “The new paradigm in producer/distributor developed projects positions us to think beyond our home markets; to develop and finance ideas that give our local broadcast customers the right shows, at the right time and right price, while also creating shows of broad global appeal and long shelf life.”