Gaumont UK and Banijay Alliance, Paramount+ Comedy Boost, Peppa Pig’s New Member, Sony-Guardian Global Pact, PBS Food Fast Channel and more!

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Entertainment Supply Chain Digest.

Ride the waves of Paramount+ Canada’s comedy expansion and ‘Peppa Pig’ adding Granny Sheep, while exploring industry shifts with Sony and Guardian’s alliance, Banijay’s sports venture, and the debut of the PBS Food FAST channel.

Join us this week in our LIVE session to explore the dynamic landscape of Production Financing and Content Licensing in South America. Discover the latest trends, strategies of global players, and insights into the thriving entertainment markets of Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, and Mexico.

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IP Deals

Hottest IP Stories, Formats, Books, Games, Podcasts to be turned into the next big blockbuster
  • Fremantle Strikes Multi-Territory DealFremantle announced multiple adaptation deals for the Korean format “Battle in the Box,” a comedic reality show where celebrities compete in an empty space. To be adapted in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Portugal. (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น)”
  • Red Planet acquires rights to Sarah Pinborough’s The Dog-Faced Gods trilogy – Starting with “A Matter of Blood”, Red Planet is in the process of developing the sleek and stylish contemporary London-set novel, where investigator Cass faces the case of his life. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)”
  • Unfins hit webtoon ‘Love Advice from the Great Duke of Hell’ โ€“ with its 160 million+ views โ€“ is to heat up the screen with a film adaptation by Imagine Entertainment and Wattpad Webtoon Studios. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ)
  • Manga hero Tiger Mask to get a live-action adaptation by Fabula Pictures, Brandon Box, and Kodansha! It promises a thrilling reimagining of the beloved story, following the masked wrestler Naoto Date as he returns from the American wrestling scene to battle evil forces within Japan. ( ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต)
  • Delving into the primal conflict between love and money, Abema’s “Love Catcher Japan,” an adaptation of CJ ENM’s reality dating show, unveils the cast’s raw instincts as they navigate this captivating social experiment. (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต)

Production Deals

Sneak peak into recently announced production projects worldwide
  • American restaurateur and author, Guy Fieri, extends 3-year exclusive deal with Food Network, and will stay active in series development, and production. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • Paramount+ Canada expands comedy production roster: Adds ‘Bensen,’ a family comedy, and ‘Elected,’ featuring an A-list actor turned Prime Minister. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • Pernel Media collaborates with France Tรฉlรฉvisions on an exclusive documentary, to capture the expedition to Genghis Khan’s capital, Karakorum, for Science Grand. (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท)
  • Lindsay Shapero Pens Netflix’s ‘The Escape’. Netflix’s Winter Palace writer Lindsay Shapero is behind “The Escape,” a TV drama by Yellow Film & TV in Finland, recounting Princess Latifa’s 2018 escape attempt from Dubai and her relationship with Finnish friend Tiina Jauhianen, culminating in a joint Indian-Emirati operation that forcibly returned them. (๐ŸŒ)
  • Escala Humana Prods., led by Sebastiรกn Brahm, to develop an English-language series, “Golpe,” that will uncover the little-known CIA involvement in the fall of Chile’s first Socialist president, Salvador Allende. (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ)

Season Renewals

More episodes on the way! Season Renewal Announcements
  • Como dice el dicho’s new season to reveal family secrets. TelevisaUnivision has started filming for Season 14 of “Como dice el dicho” in Mexico City, with producer Genoveva Martรญnez hinting at intriguing revelations about the “El Dicho” family’s mysteries, set to be unveiled in 2024.(๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • Peppa Pig Welcomes Granny Sheep! Season 10 of Hasbro’s preschool series “Peppa Pig” to return with the addition of a new character, Granny Sheep, voiced by American-British actress Sandra Dickinson, marking the show’s introduction of its first multigenerational family residing with Suzy Sheep and Mummy Sheep on Nick Jr. (๐ŸŒ)
  • NZ On Air funds Mฤori content: Velvet Stone Media’s historical action-drama series “Kairฤkau,” based on the principles of supernatural power within the realm of Tลซmatauenga, the God of War, returns for Season 4 on Whakaata Mฤori and Mฤori+, post funding of ~NZ$980K from funding agency NZ On Air. (๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ)
  • Hulu has renewed Season 2 of Onyx Collective’s dramedy “UnPrisoned,” featuring and executive produced by Kerry Washington and Delroy Lindo. It will stream on Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ in all other territories. (LATAM ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • Fox Greenlights Second Season of ‘Americaโ€™s Most Wanted’. Fox has confirmed the return of the “Americaโ€™s Most Wanted” revival for a 2nd season, marking the continuation of the series, originally aired from 1988 to 2011, with the new edition produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and led by showrunner and executive producer John Ferracane. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)

Distribution Deals

Distributors securing worldwide content across different genres, languages and format types
  • Global Distribution Deal: DeAPlaneta Entertainment + Cocktail Media. DeAPlaneta Entertainment and Cocktail Media have partnered to globally distribute the children’s animated series ‘Bugsbot Ignition’ and its short-form spin-off ‘Bugsbot G’, excluding Asia. Aimed at 6 to 9-year-olds, it blends 2D and 3D animation in 26 episodes co-produced by Cocktail Media and CJ ENM. (๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • New Metric Media Regains International Rights. Canadian comedy prodco New Metric Media has reclaimed international distribution rights for key properties, including “Letterkenny” and spin-off “Shoresy”, from WildBrain, signaling a shift toward greater control over licensing, merchandising, live touring, format sales, and e-commerce. (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ)
  • Gaumont UK and Banijay Rights Team Up for Mystery Drama. Gaumont UK, in partnership with Banijay Rights distributing globally, is creating the six-part mystery drama “The Wives” for Paramount UK’s Channel 5, depicting the complications faced by four sisters-in-law and their families during their annual summer retreat in Maltese holiday apartments, with filming slated for early next year. (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐ŸŒ)
  • Bavaria Media snaps up global distribution for “Call Me Levi,” a 4-part historical series chronicling the denim pioneers who patented blue jeans. ARD has wrapped up filming in Italy. (๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐ŸŒ)
  • BBC Studios Partners with Spacetoon International Agent. BBC Studios has enlisted Spacetoon International Agent as the licensing representative for “Bluey,” entrusting them with the task of overseeing the expansion of the show’s licensing program in the Middle East through broadcast and licensing deals with Spacetoon Kids. (๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ)”

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Acquisition Deals

Streamers & channels acquiring latest content across the world
  • Netflix picks up gripping Indonesian detective film. Netflix secures the rights to “24 Hours with Gaspar,” by Indonesian filmmaker Yosep Anggi Noen. Based on Sabda Armandio’s 2017 novel, it follows the whirlwind life of private detective Gaspar who has to solve cases within a 24-hour timeframe. (๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ ๐ŸŒ)”
  • “So Long, Marianne,” the Leonard Cohen drama depicting the love story of the iconic singer and his muse, has secured sales to ITVX, Cosmote TV, Star Channel in Greece and Movies Best HD in Cyprus from Cineflix Rights. (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ)
  • National Geographic Secures ‘For the Love of Pets’. National Geographic acquires both seasons of Context Media’s “For the Love of Pets” from distributor Escapade Media. Season 1 was also picked up by TVNZ in New Zealand and Truevisions in Thailand.(๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ)”
  • Bomanbridge Media Gears Up for ATF. Bomanbridge Media prepares for ATF with a factual sales slate in Asia, featuring an 11-hour package for Discovery Asia and notable titles such as the BAFTA-winning “My Childhood, My Country: 20 Years in Afghanistan” and documentaries like “In Search of the Snow Leopards โ€“ Chasing Shadows” and “Urak Lawoi: Brothers of the Sea,” highlighting unique cultural practices. (Asia)”
  • Mondo TV Group‘s animated kids’ series “MeteoHeroes”, co-produced by Mondo TV and Meteo Expert, addressing climate and environmental issues, has been picked up by broadcasters and distributors in Asia, Africa, and Europe, including Cineplex, Jei TV, MBC, and RTL Klub. (๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท)

Partnerships/M&A

Cross-Border Collaborations, Joint Ventures, M&A and Partnerships!

Companies Making Headlines

Launch and Expansions of facilities, studios, services & technologies

Featured New Specializations

Global innovations & breakthroughs in the Entertainment supply-chain

Spotlight: Featured Companies on Vitrina

Localization & Post-Production

Latest updates in the world of content Localization & Post-Production

Animation, VFX & Virtual Production

Latest global updates in Animation, Visual Effects VFX & Virtual Production

Fast Channels

World of FAST channels & related market moves
  • Local Now Integrates Time Channel. Allen Media Group’s Local Now free streaming service integrates the newly launched Time FAST channel, produced by Time’s premium digital video division, offering local news, weather, sports, traffic, and entertainment created by Time’s award-winning journalists and producers. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • PBS Distribution is set to launch the “PBS Food” FAST channel, to be available on platforms like Amazon’s Freevee, Plex, and Roku, offering new recipes, cooking lessons, and featuring renowned chefs such as Julia Child, Jacques Pรฉpin, and Marcus Samuelsson. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • Sky Mix and Crime Network, FAST channels featuring high-end drama content like Big Little Lies and True Detective, have launched on Samsung TV Plus, and offers free access to Sky content. (๐ŸŒ)
  • NextUp Live Comedy, the comedy-on-demand streamer, has partnered with LG Electronics and sports specialist Extreme International to launch FAST Channels on LG Channels in the UK and Ireland. It will air stand-up comedy performances from both rising and renowned stars at top UK comedy venues and festivals. (๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช)
  • Static Waves Media and myco are partnering to launch myco TV, a Web3-focused FAST channel featuring cryptocurrency news, NFT content, AI developments, gaming, and metaverse stories, which debut in November 2023 on TCL, Vestel, and HiSense TV+ connected TVs with Zeasn’s WHALE OS in the US, Europe, and Asia. (๐ŸŒ)

New Global Arrivals

Recent biggest releases across the globe!
  • Ridley Scott directed starring Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix’s historical drama “Napoleon” release in theatres across the globe. (๐ŸŒ)
  • HBO premieres Jason Hehir’s Documentary: ‘Murder in Boston’. HBO recently aired ‘Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage & Reckoning,’ a three-part documentary directed by Jason Hehir, delving into the racially charged aftermath of a late 1980s shooting and the pursuit of justice triggered by a 9-1-1 call labeling the assailant as ‘a Black man.’ (๐ŸŒ)
  • Todd Haynes’s new drama, “May December,” starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, releases on Netflix in the United States. (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ)
  • South Indian director Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s highly aniticiapted hindi action film “Animal” releases with a bang in theatres worldwide. (๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ ๐ŸŒ)
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