What's The Deal? - April 9, 2012

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  • miptv wrapped up last week in Cannes, so here is a quick recap of some noteworthy television deals:
    • Charlie Sheen’s new show “Anger Management” adds Sweden, Norway and Denmark to its growing list of audiences as Lionsgate sold the rights to Modern Times Group. Lionsgate has already sold the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Germany rights.
    • UK’s BSkyB acquired 3D rights to a few A&E Network titles, including “Titanic: 100 Years in 3D”
    • Local Toronto animation studio 9 Story Entertainment sold several of its children’s programming titles, including “Camp Lake Bottom”, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood” and “Numb Chuks” to Luk International for Spain and Portugal.
    • AB Groupe in France has picked up “Lilyhammer”, starring Steven Van Zandt as a New York mobster who moves to a small town in Norway through the witness protection program. The show has already aired on Netflix in North America with great success. 
  • In other news, who said Google and Paramount could not get along? Although Viacom and Google have been battling in court regarding YouTube copyright issues (click here for more), Paramount was not afraid to license about 500 movies to be the first new titles on Google Play, including “Hugo”, “The Adventures of TinTin” and “The Godfather”. The films will also be available on YouTube. Click here for more
  • Aframe, a cloud video production/software as a service platform (the Salesforce/ Dropbox of video production) from the UK, is setting up shop in North America very soon thanks to a $7 million venture capital investment from Octopus Investments, Eden Ventures and Northstar Ventures. They will operate on both the east and west coast with current clients including BBC and MTV.

 

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