Extra: Pluto TV takes “Still Standing”; Endemol Shine NA hires TV Academy exec

Still Standing heads to the U.S. in Pluto TV, Syndicado deal Frantic Films’ Still Standing will have its U.S. premiere on Pluto TV this June following a deal with digital distributor ...
May 26, 2021

Still Standing heads to the U.S. in Pluto TV, Syndicado deal

Frantic Films’ Still Standing will have its U.S. premiere on Pluto TV this June following a deal with digital distributor Syndicado.

The series will debut on the Stand Up TV channel on Pluto TV June 24 at 7 p.m. ET/PT with new episodes running each week through to August.

Still Standing follows comedian Jonny Harris as he sets off across the country to discover the hidden comedy in small towns.

After immersing himself in the lives of local characters and unearthing the tall tales in these tiny towns, Harris delivers an original stand-up comedy routine for the community.

“We’ve been working with Pluto TV for several years now and it’s incredible to be a part of their meteoric growth” said Greg Rubidge, founder of Syndicado, in a statement. “Still Standing is a wholesome series with broad appeal that has really developed an audience outside of Canada and we’re delighted to have these recent seasons premiere on Pluto TV, the industry’s ground-breaking OTT service in the USA and UK.”

Endemol Shine NA taps TV Academy exec for inclusion, social responsibility post

Endemol Shine North America has named Karla Pita Loor, previously chief development officer at the TV Academy, as its executive vice president of enterprise inclusion and social responsibility.

The executive (pictured) will lead all social responsibility efforts for Endemol Shine North America (ESNA) and its studio labels, including Bunim/Murray Productions, Truly Original, 51 Minds Entertainment, Authentic Entertainment, Stephen David Entertainment and Mexico City-based Endemol Shine Boomdog.

She will also lead all diversity and inclusion program efforts, implementing new processes, policies and initiatives for ESNA’s corporate and production staffers.

Pita Loor has served on the board of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) for two years, assuming the role of chair of the board in 2021.

At the TV Academy, she oversaw all strategic partnerships and development for the Television Academy Foundation, the company’s charitable arm.

Pita Loor also led on diversity and inclusion efforts and spearheaded all collaborations with the TV Academy and other non-profits.

She additionally served as the campaign director for the TV Academy’s New Destination Campaign. Pita Loor first started as director, strategic partnerships and marketing for the TV Academy in August 2013.

Prior to joining the TV Academy, she worked in a variety of development roles for Los Angeles-area schools, with a focus on expanding access to educational opportunities for students of low-income backgrounds.

Flame Distribution sells factual titles globally

Sydney-, London- and New York-based Flame Distribution has finalized sales with international broadcasters and platforms on a range of factual content.

Unbreakable (7 x 44 minutes) was picked up by Fuse TV (U.S.); while, in Canada, TVO acquired the historical series A Stitch in Time ( 6 x 30 minutes) and season two of Off the Beaten Track with Kate Humble (4 x 30 minutes).

Also in Canada, Bell Media’s Canal D snapped up season one of the lifestyle/reality series Outback Opal Hunters (8 x 45 minutes).

France’s RMC Découverte took seasons six and nine of the long-running series Outback Truckers.

Elsewhere, in Asia, Flame finalized a deal with Chinese SVOD platform Tencent for the three-part docuseries Life in Colour with David Attenborough.

Continuing with nature and wildlife content, Work on the Wild Side (20 x 60 minutes/10 x 30 minutes) sold to BS4 satellite channel (Japan) and Viu TV (Hong Kong).

Further titles taken by Viu TV include Cat Hospital, Under the Sea: The Great Barrier Reef, The Dinosaur Echo, Think Like An Animal, Volcanic New Zealand and Striking Balance.

Food Safari franchise titles Food Safari Earth, Food Safari Water and Food Safari Fire were picked up by JCG in South Korea and National Geographic Channel in India (Nat Geo’s package deal also included Italian Food Safari, French Food Safari and Food Safari).

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