TORONTO, ONTARIO (SEPTEMBER 30, 2019) - Global distribution company Distribution360 (D360) heads to MIPCOM with a growing portfolio of kids & family programming and several long-running lifestyle series in the home and food genres. D360 takes a big step into French-language content with a volume deal agreed with Montreal’s Zone3, alongside other titles from French Canada, and also launches new content for marblemedia, GAPC Entertainment and Little Scooter Media.
On the kid’s slate, D360 is excited to debut Subito Texto (309 x 30’), a long-running scripted tween series revolving around five students running the school newspaper and the trials and tribulations they face growing up; and Brigade Animo (130 x 15’) a kid’s wildlife series that sees Dr. Seb and his three young vet assistants learn about animals from near and far. Both series come from prolific production company Zone3 and form part of a larger foray into French language content for D360. The distributor has also acquired the French language preschool series Es-tu prêt? (40 x 2.5’) and the narration-only STEM & magic series ScienceXplosion (45 x 3.5’) which is available with both French and English tracks; both series are from GAPC Entertainment.
From marblemedia, All-Round Champion (11 x 60’) is the sports competition series that sees top youth athletes compete in each other’s sports to ultimately crown the best all round athlete; the show is the first English-language adaption of NRK format award-winning format, Best i mest. D360 is working in collaboration with the format distributor Beta Film to represent the marblemedia version internationally.
Also debuting this market is new STEM series Blynk & Aazoo (24 x 7.5’) featuring everyday kids asking two wacky aliens, Blynk and Aazoo, some of their wildest science questions. With the help of real-life scientists, Blynk and Aazoo use their imaginations to create an invention that helps answer the query.
Additional French language content comes in the lifestyle genre from Zone3, with the debut of several long-running franchises, including C’est quoi ton plan? (65 x 30’) the home renovation show where three mystery designers offer up three separate plans for one room in a house, leaving the homeowner to choose which plan becomes a reality, and Des idées de grandeur (306 x 30’) the home makeover series for homes with design challenges like unique layouts, tight spaces, or quirky architecture. Also on the slate is spin-off series Des idées de grandeur dans ma cour (98 x 30’) which features makeovers for difficult outdoor spaces; Sauvez les meubles! (65 x 30’) where expert bargain hunter, Vanessa Sicotte, discovers hidden gems and upcycles pieces to create trendy personal living spaces; Design V.I.P. (199 x 30’) sees in-demand designer Marie-Christine Lavoie apply her eye for design to celebrity homes and spin-off series Party V.I.P. (10 x 30’) where Marie-Christine plans a major event from inception to completion, with the help of a celebrity friend. And finally rounding out the volume deal with Zone3 is cooking series à la di Stasio (214 x 60’), where host Josée di Stasio invites viewers into her kitchen, as she and a guest prepare simple yet delicious recipes that celebrate the inherent joy of cooking. These acquisitions were brokered by Jordan Cavallo, Senior Manager, Acquisitions & Operations and D360’s French language sales specialist Smiljka Baljozovic.
“As a Canadian company we are thrilled to be representing content from producers in both national languages; we see many opportunities for these programs in a changing international marketplace across linear and OTT.”, says Diane Rankin, SVP Rights, D360. “Nous sommes très contents de représenter ces programmes en français, car les productions en différentes langues sont populaires à travers le monde.” adds D360 Sales Director for Western & Eastern Europe, Smiljka Baljozovic.