Deadman’s Curse highlights Corus Studios sales
As part of its expanded partnership with Hulu in the U.S., Corus Studios have completed pre-sales on the 8 x 60-minute gold-hunting series Deadman’s Curse. The series is scheduled to make its global premiere on History in Canada next year.
In addition to more than 200 episodes sold earlier this year, Hulu also acquired Project Bakeover (10 x 60 minutes), demolition and restoration series Salvage Kings (seasons one and two for 20 x 60 minutes) and home renovation series Worst to First (seasons one and two for 20 x 60 minutes).
Corus Studios also reported more than 70 hours of content sold in international markets in Q1. These sales included new season pickups of unscripted series such as Rust Valley Restorers (12 x 60 minutes), Salvage Kings (10 x 60 minutes) and Backroad Truckers (8 x 60 minutes) to Foxtel in Australia; Making It Home with Kortney & Kenny (10 x 60 minutes), Worst to First (10 x 60 minutes) and Island of Bryan (10 x 60 minutes) to Talit Communications in Israel; Salvage Kings (10 x 60 minutes) to Blaze, an AMC Networks International channel in Spain and Portugal; and Project Bakeover (10 x 60 minutes) to Talpa Networks in the Netherlands, to air on Net5.
Corus also expanded its worldwide sales team with the addition of Pooja Nirmal Kant to oversee Asia and Central Eastern Europe.
The Last Cowboy to air on CMT for second season
Unscripted series The Last Cowboy, from Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan and U.S. prodco Truly Original, will premiere on the CMT network on Nov. 12, moving from its former network of Paramount.
The series offers an inside look at real cowboys and cowgirls, and the sport of horse reining, where riders guide horses through a pattern of circles, spins and stops.
The series is produced for CMT by Banijay prodco Truly Original, with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, Michelle Schiefen, Julie “Bob” Lombardi and Alexandra Lowry serving as executive producers. Sheridan, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari are also serving as executive producers with Keith Cox and Todd Baynes overseeing production for CMT.
Australia’s Minderoo Foundation launches film production enterprise
Minderoo Foundation, a Perth-based philanthropic organization, is launching a social impact film enterprise to support screen projects that tackle the global challenges championed by their organization.
Minderoo Pictures will work with global creative teams to develop, produce and assist in the release of ambitious screen projects that inspire change. The new enterprise was established with an initial commitment of $10 million AUD.
“Our initiatives are tackling some of the most significant global challenges, from plastic pollution to modern slavery and cancer research,” said Andrew Forrest, Minderoo Foundation chairman, in a statement.
“Lasting change doesn’t just happen by itself. To have real impact we must motivate people, companies, and governments to act, to reassess their behaviours or start a movement. This is what we hope to achieve through Minderoo Pictures.”
The film enterprise has already announced its first four projects in development, which will span themes of ocean conservation, plastics, and human health and early childhood development in Indigenous communities. The group touts Academy Award winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove, The Game Changers) and Josh Murphy as collaborating on one of their feature films. The other projects are Blueback helmed by Robert Connolly, Honey Ant Dreamers directed by Michael Cordell and Emily-Anyupa Butcher, and First Born produced by Workshop TV.
Richard Harris will lead Minderoo Pictures as its executive producer. He joins Minderoo with more than 20 years of experience in the film industry, having worked in leadership roles at Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation.
Minderoo is also working to produce cross-platform impact campaigns to reach diverse audiences across policy makers, schools and businesses.