eOne Revamps Broadcast And Digital Unit In Canada
Entertainment One is reorganizing its broadcast and digital division in Canada. SVP Television & Online Naveen Prasad is leaving the company under the restructuring, and Audrey Gardiner is being promoted to VP Licensing for eOne Films Canada and Dan Loewy becomes VP Transactional for eOne Films Canada. Together the former Alliance execs will oversee the Canadian film division’s broadcast and digital activities. Prasad had been overseeing the film group’s TV and digital activities after joining from Alliance following the takeover of that company by eOne. EOne says the reorganization will “support the group’s increasing activity in the digital sphere.” The Canadian team will work in tandem with digital leadership from across eOne’s international divisions.
New British Company Boxatricks To Focus On Creating Formats
British producers Colman Hutchinson and Steve Springford have joined with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire creators Michael Whitehill and David Briggs to launch Boxatricks. The UK company will focus on creating formats in the game and quiz show space as well as factual entertainment programs. Hutchinson was previously head of entertainment at Hat Trick Productions and Celador Productions. Springford is a former director of production at Celador. His credits include overseeing production of Millionaire, The National Lottery: Winning Lines and The Hypnotic World Of Paul McKenna. Whitehill co-created Millionaire in 1998 with Briggs and Steven Knight. Briggs previously collaborated with Hutchinson on the Brainiest format and with Springford on The National Lottery: Winning Lines. With Whitehill, he worked on The People Versus and Winning Lines.
StudioCanal, Radio-Canada Team For Euro Content Deal
StudioCanal and Radio-Canada have entered an exclusive European content deal for Canada. The five-year pact starts in January and will see Radio-Canada distribute more than 1,400 StudioCanal library titles via DVD, Blu-ray, EST and VOD. Radio-Canada also will feature many of the films on its own platforms. The library includes classics from such directors as Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Renoir, Claude Sautet and Jean-Pierre Melville.
Nickelodeon UK Buys ‘Extreme Babysitting’
Canada’s 9 Story Entertainment has sold its Extreme Babysitting reality series to Nickelodeon UK. The hidden-camera show sees babysitters set up for what they think is a routine assignment, but it turns out to be prank-filled. Created and produced by General Purpose Pictures in partnership with CCI Entertainment and YTV, it was recently renewed for a second season in Canada.
FremantleMedia Buys Format Rights To ‘Genealogy Roadshow’
FremantleMedia has picked up international format rights to Irish reality series Genealogy Roadshow from Big Mountain Productions. The show airs on RTÉ in Ireland and was No.1 in its time slot with a 25.9% share in its first season and has been picked up for a second outing. An American version is set to debut on PBS later this year. Part detective series, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow uses history and science to dig deep into family secrets and offers ordinary people the opportunity to find their place in history.
Red Arrow Int’l Buys Output Rights To Seven’s ‘House Rules’
Red Arrow International has acquired distribution rights to Seven Network Australia’s House Rules. After its first season scored strong ratings, the second season is currently in production. Produced by Seven Network Productions, it features six couples putting their homes on the line to win the prize of having their entire mortgage paid off. The six teams travel the country together, and each week one couple hands over the keys of their own home to their competitors who will do a complete renovation in seven days. Pros and the homeowners judge the results.