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Extra: Passion secures “Surviving the Stone Age”; GSN reboots “Chain Reaction”

Passion takes adventure series Surviving the Stone Age London-based Passion Distribution has acquired the rights to Channel 4′s factual entertainment series Surviving the Stone Age: Adventure to the Wild. Produced by Renegade Pictures and ...
November 4, 2020

Passion takes adventure series Surviving the Stone Age

London-based Passion Distribution has acquired the rights to Channel 4′s factual entertainment series Surviving the Stone Age: Adventure to the Wild.

Produced by Renegade Pictures and Motion Content Group, the 3 x 60-minute fact-ent series traces a group of archaeology and “primitive skills” experts as they attempt to recreate the footsteps of our Stone Age ancestors and survive as a tribe while trekking through the rivers and high alpine cliffs of the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria.

In order to survive the journey, the group will have to hunt for their own food and build shelters using only primitive tools.

The series is produced by Natalie Wilkinson at Renegade Pictures and Melanie Darlaston at Motion Content Group. It was acquired by Passion Distribution’s head of acquisitions, Sean Wheatley.

Surviving the Stone Age: Adventure to the Wild premieres Nov. 7 on Channel 4.

GSN reboots game show Chain Reaction

The Game Show Network has greenlit a revival of the classic word association series Chain Reaction.

Based on the Sony Pictures Television 1980s format, Chain Reaction pits two teams against one another to complete chains of words, after the first and last words of the chain are revealed, for the opportunity to win a cash prize.

The game show will be hosted by actor and TV personality Dylan Lane, who originally hosted the show’s network premiere 14 years ago. It most recently aired on GSN from 2015-2016 with Mike Catherwood as host.

The latest iteration of Chain Reaction is produced by Game Show Enterprises, with Mike Richards serving as exec producer.

Chain Reaction is expected to launch in early 2021, airing weekly Monday through Friday.

Palm Springs Int’l Film Festival moves to 2022 

The 2021 Palm Springs International Film Festival has been postponed.

The 32nd annual edition festival was scheduled to launch on February 25, 2021, running through until March 8, 2021. Instead, festival organizers have pressed pause on the forthcoming festival, shifting focus to 2022.

The festival, however, is still planning to celebrate this year’s film selection via its Film Awards Presentation, slated for February 25, 2021. In addition, the Palm Springs ShortFest is still scheduled to take place from June 22-28, 2021.

Further details will be made available before the end of the year.

Elsewhere, the Palm Springs International Film Festival Society has extended its memberships, at no additional cost, to February 2022. Organizers have stated that memberships that include festival benefits “will receive the festival benefits in January 2022 and those with Film Awards Gala benefits will receive those benefits in either 2021 or 2022.”

Corus Studios unveils sales for over 300 hours of content

Toronto-based Corus Studios has announced a number of new content deals, selling more than 300 hours of programming worldwide.

The studio has inked a deal with Australia’s Nine Network for Scott’s Vacation House Rules (Vacation House Rules, 13 x 60 minutes, McGillivray Entertainment in association with Corus Studios for HGTV Canada) and sold seasons one and two of Island of Bryan (Si Entertainment and Corus Studios for HGTV Canada) to Poland’s Canal + Polska.

Additionally, Corus Studios unveiled sales for two Nikki Ray Media Agency projects: The Big Bake and Fire Masters.

Produced in association with Corus Studios for Food Network Canada, holiday baking competition series The Big Bake was acquired by the UK’s ITVBe, while Poland’s Canal + Polska snagged BBQ series Fire Masters.

Meanwhile, renovation series Masters of Flip has also secured a number of deals.

Produced by Rhino Content for HGTV Canada, the series was sold to Nat Geo People for Asia (seasons three and four, 16 x 60 minutes); Discovery for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg (seasons one and two, 26 x 60 minutes); Bravo New Zealand for New Zealand (season one, 12 x 60 minutes); and Bell Media for French Canada (season one).

As well, Making It Home with Kortney & Dave (10 x 60 minutes) was picked up by HGTV U.S., Asia’s Nat Geo People, Australia’s Nine Network and Israel’s Talit Communications.

Corus Studios also announced that seasons one through three of Backyard Builds (33 x 60 minutes, Frantic Films and Corus Studios for HGTV Canada) was acquired by Australia’s Foxtel. Australia’s Nine Network, meanwhile, struck a deal for a pre-broadcast buy of Farmhouse Facelift (10 x 60 minutes, Sonar Entertainment and Corus Studios for HGTV Canada).

Additionally, Bell Media picked up season two of $ave My Reno (14 x 60 minutes, Great Pacific Media and Corus Studios for HGTV Canada) and History Erased (Cream Productions and Corus Studios for History) for French Canada. Rounding out the factual front, Discovery snagged Salvage Kings (10 x 60 minutes, Media Headquarters and Corus Studios for History) for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

With files from Playback Daily

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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