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Extra: Sales deals for Banijay Rights, Screen Media, Abramorama

French-speaking Canada to launch Celebrity Big Brother Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has penned a deal to launch Celebrity Big Brother in French-speaking Canada via Bell Media’s terrestrial network Noovo. Known locally ...
December 18, 2020

French-speaking Canada to launch Celebrity Big Brother

Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has penned a deal to launch Celebrity Big Brother in French-speaking Canada via Bell Media’s terrestrial network Noovo.

Known locally as Big Brother Célébrités, the competition series will chart 15 Quebec personalities as they enter the Big Brother house, living together around the clock over the duration of 13 weeks.

The house guests will compete in various challenges with one celebrity being voted the winner by the participants eliminated during the season. The winner will also receive a CA$50,000 cash prize, half of which will be donated to the cause or charity of their choice.

Featured French-Canadian celebrities will include pop singer Claude Bégin, professional boxer Jean Pascal, drag queen Rita Baga, social media star Lysandre Nadeau, and model and TV host Geneviève Borne.

Big Brother Célébrités debuts across Noovo and Noovo.ca beginning Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Screen Media takes Marilyn Agrelo’s Street Gang

Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to Marilyn Agrelo’s feature-length documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street.

The 107-minute film (pictured), which is slated to enjoy its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival in January, chronicles the origins and expansion of the seminal children’s show that had real-world effects on equality, education, and representation worldwide. 

Screen Media will release the film in theaters and into the home entertainment market in Spring 2021. The film will also have its television debut on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max later in the year.

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street is produced by Macrocosm Entertainment, in association with The Exchange, Bondit Media Capital, and Citizen Skull Productions.

Executive producers on the film include Brian O’Shea, Nat McCormick, Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Mark Myers and Heather Kenyon. Michael Davis is co-executive producer. Trevor Crafts, Ellen Scherer Crafts and Lisa Diamond produce.

The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, SVP of global acquisitions and co-productions, for Screen Media with The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea on behalf of the filmmakers.

The Exchange is handling foreign sales for the film.

Abramorama picks up Long Live Rock..Celebrate the Chaos

New York-based indie distributor Abramorama has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Jonathan McHugh’s directorial debut Long Live Rock…Celebrate the Chaos.

Filmed at various rock festivals around America, including Coachella and Lollapalooza, the project serves as a deep dive into the often misunderstood but beloved culture of hard rock music through live performances and intimate interviews with some of the leading titans of the genre.

Interviews throughout the film feature members of Metallica, Guns N ‘Roses, Slipknot, Korn, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Rage Against the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, and Machine Gun Kelley, among others.

The 83-minute film, which held its global premiere at Estonia’s Tartuff /Black Nights Film Festival in 2019, will be launched with a virtual screening event on March 11 via Abramorama’s global direct-to-consumer platform Watch Now @ Home. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, band members and surprise guests.

Long Live Rock…Celebrate the Chaos is produced by McHugh, Gary Spivack and Jonathan Platt.

Zed to distribute Label News’ Tombs of Egypt

Paris-headquartered indie producer-distributor Zed has revealed it will internationally distribute RMC Découverte’s Tombs of Egypt: The Ultimate Mission from Label News.

Directed by François Pomès and Anne-Fleur Delaistre, the 2 x 70-minute miniseries (also available as a 2 x 52-minute project) will detail an archaeological mission that unearthed burial shafts with coffins and several artifacts from the Saqqara Necropolis in Egypt.

The miniseries will provide exclusive access to the excavation mission and examines how the team of archaeologists were able to open each sarcophagus to investigate the mysteries of the necropolis and understand who was buried here.

The project will utilize CGI, 2D computer graphics, animations, X-ray analyses, in combination with live footage and interviews of international experts.

Tombs of Egypt: The Ultimate Mission, which is currently available for presales, will be delivered in September 2021.

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