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Extra: Fremantle inks distribution deal; HGTV Canada orders Corus Studios series

Fremantle partners with Cosentino Media in Canada Global producer-distributor Fremantle is partnering with Cosentino Media to source, deliver and support Canadian productions to global audiences. Cosentino Media — recently launched by Canadian ...
August 10, 2021

Fremantle partners with Cosentino Media in Canada

Global producer-distributor Fremantle is partnering with Cosentino Media to source, deliver and support Canadian productions to global audiences.

Cosentino Media — recently launched by Canadian media veteran Mike Cosentino (pictured), former president of content and programming for CTV and Bell Media — will collaborate with Fremantle on its mandate to partner with Canadian producers on locally-made content with global appeal.

“Canada is home to some of the world’s foremost producers. With his exceptional production relationships, Cosentino is well positioned to support our vision to partner with Canadian producers to deliver their amazing content to an international audience,” said Michela DiMondo, Fremantle’s EVP of distribution and sales, in a release.

“Fremantle is a global expert and leader in distribution and some of the world’s most popular programming comes from our own backyard,” Cosentino added. “I welcome the opportunity to work with Michela and the Fremantle team to support their vision and investment in local producers to put great Canadian programming on the global stage.”

Corus secures new sales, HGTV Canada greenlight

Toronto-based producer-distributor Corus Studios announced a pair of major international sales deals and has also greenlit a new series starring popular HGTV personality Sarah Richardson.

Corus is expanding its relationship with Discovery in the U.S. with a deal for the auto restoration series Rust Valley Restorers. Season 1 (8 x 60 minutes), season 3 (12 x 60 minutes) and the upcoming season 4 (6 x 60 minutes) have been sold to MotorTrend Group and will air on MotorTrendTV and stream on the MotorTrend app.

In Germany, broadcaster Seven.One Entertainment Group has acquired a range of Corus programming, including the first seasons of the home reno series Making It Home with Kortney and Dave and Farmhouse Facelift, as well as seasons 1-3 of the food travelogue series Big Food Bucket List and the docuseries Backroad Truckers.

Corus has also secured the greenlight for the series Sarah’s Mountain Escape (8 x 60 minutes) starring popular Canadian designer Sarah Richardson and follows her as she transforms a B&B in Whistler, B.C. into a year-round luxury vacation rental. The series is produced by Insight Productions (a Boat Rocker company) in association with Corus Studios, and will shoot this summer for a 2022 premiere on HGTV Canada.

Banijay’s All Against 1 bound for Sweden

Baninay company Mastiff Sweden will produce a localized version of the popular entertainment format All Against 1 for SVT.

The new series, titled 1 mot Sverige, is the seventh adaptation of Banijay’s interactive format. The show features a single contestant pitted against the entire country, with viewers trying to predict the results of outlandish experiments through an integrated app created by Banijay Nordic Mobile. The series was co-created by Nordisk Film TV Denmark and Nordisk Film TV Norway and first commissioned in Denmark for DR 1.

All Against 1 is the perfect example of engaging and inclusive family viewing. The audience is truly at the forefront of the format and the use of apps has drawn a younger demographic, while boosting interactivity. We are looking forward to seeing where the format will head next,” said Lucas Green, Banijay’s global head of content operations, in a release.

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