Corus secures landmark deals

Corus Studios, a division of Corus Entertainment, makes its imprint on the international market this year with multiple worldwide sales for its original lifestyle and unscripted content ahead of MIPCOM. Said to be focusing on character-driven content in niche industries for its unscripted content, Corus Entertainment has revealed multiple worldwide sales for its original lifestyle and unscripted content.

With landmark deals including sales to Cooking Channel in the U.S. for grilling competition series Fire Masters (20×60) and pre-broadcast sales of demolition show Salvage Kings (10×60) to A+E Networks in multiple territories, Corus Studios continues to be a leader in developing lifestyle content that resonates domestically and internationally. Truck racing docu-series Big Rig Warriors has sold to Foxtel in Australia, A+E’s FYI in the U.S. and A+E Networks in Italy. Additionally, History Erased (8×60), which examines the world without a specific country’s achievements, has sold to Foxtel in Australia and New Zealand as well as HISTORIA in Spain and Portugal.

Boasting a robust slate of home and renovation content, HGTV Canada’s highest rated series in a decade, Island of Bryan (13×60), cements three deals internationally with initial sales for Season 1 to Foxtel in Australia, TVA’s Group Channel CASA in French Canada, and Israel’s Talit Communications. Cash-conscious renovation series $ave My Reno, Season 1 (14×30) and 2 (14×30), gets picked up by A+E’s FYI in the U.S. along with South Africa’s The Home Channel for Season 2. Additional international sales within the portfolio include Backyard Builds, Season 1 (8×30) and 2 (14×30), to M6 France; Buying the View (26×30) to UKTV; Home to Win, Season 3 (8×60) to Foxtel in Australia; and Masters of Flip to Discovery in Germany (Season 4 – 6×60), ITVBe in the UK (Season 1-4) and Brazil’s Globosat has renewed Season 1 (12×60) and 2 (14×60) and newly acquired Season 3 (10×60) and 4 (6×60).

The appetite around the world for entertaining lifestyle content continues with sales of fierce fashion series STITCHED (12×60) with Discovery in Latin America and A+E Networks Lifetime in Africa. Corus’ delectable library of food content feeds viewers cravings with the sale of grilling competition Fire Masters (20×60) to Cooking Channel in the U.S. and A+E Networks in the UK. Travelogue food series Bakers Sisters (13×30) and Big Food Bucket List (26×30) have also sold to an undisclosed buyer in the pan-Asian market.

Corus Studios’ slate of original content currently available for international distribution at MIPCOM include newly greenlit series The Big Bake, Great Chocolate Showdown, Junior Chef Showdown, Scott’s Vacation House Rules and Farmhouse Facelift. Worldwide sales are handled by Rita Carbone-Fleury for Corus Studios.


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