- ABC Family picks up Canadian original production Cheer Stars
- Corus secures deal with Scripps Networks Interactive for Masters of Flip
From left to right, Corus unscripted series Cheer Stars and Master of Flip
(CANNES) Following Corus Entertainment’s announcement on expanding its distribution presence with original content at MIPCOM this year, the company has secured two premarket U.S. deals that include the sale of Cheer Stars (working title) to ABC Family and the U.S. broadcast rights of the renovation series Masters of Flip to Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. Both series are part of a growing slate of properties for international distribution from Corus Entertainment, which includes both titles as well as the real estate series Buying the View.
“We’re thrilled to be teaming up with these top-rated U.S. networks to introduce Corus’ original series to new audiences,” said John MacDonald, Executive Vice President, Television, Head of Women and Family, Corus Entertainment. “These broadcast deals significantly expand the exposure for our original content and we look forward to sharing our growing slate of unscripted programming to the international market at MIPCOM.”
Corus is building on its relationship with Disney | ABC Television Group on the Canadian original production of Cheer Stars (10 x 60). Produced by Good Human Productions, Cheer Stars follows members of reigning World Champion competitive cheerleading team, The Great White Sharks as they sweat, fight and sparkle their way through a make-or-break cheer season and strive to defend their world championship title. Set to premiere Summer 2016 in Canada on ABC Spark and in the U.S. on ABC Family, the creative collaboration between the two networks further aligns Corus’ portfolio of Women and Family brands with ABC Family, which has been ranked as the #1 network for Women 18 to 34 for the past three consecutive summers. Corus holds license agreements with Disney | ABC Television Group for ABC Spark as well as the newly launched Disney Channel in Canada.
Additionally, Corus has sold the first season of Masters of Flip (12 x 60) to Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. in the U.S., where it is slated to premiere in December 2015. The series, which is the #1 rated new reality series on Corus’ W Network in Canada, follows husband-and-wife house-flipping experts, Kortney and Dave Wilson (CMT Canada’s Meet the Wilsons, Kortney & Dave: By Request) as they breathe new life into old, rundown homes in the thrilling world of high stakes house flipping. Each one-hour episode opens with Kortney and Dave house-hunting for properties that have seen better days and gambling on which one to flip to make the most profit. With limited timelines and tight budgets, they take on the challenge of transforming each real estate disaster into a stunning family dream home. Masters of Flip was produced by Rhino Content and developed in association with W Network.
As a broadcaster and brand partner of distinction in Canada, Corus creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms including leading women and family networks; W Network, ABC Spark, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), YTV and CosmoTV. As commissioning broadcaster of Canadian series that have become international power houses including Property Brothers and Love It or List It, Corus brings its production quality to a new slate of series with significant international potential. During MIPCOM, Corus will be located at the Canada Pavilion.
About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based integrated media and content company that creates, broadcasts, licenses and delivers content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation, animation software, and technology and media services. Corus’ brands include ABC Spark, Cartoon Network (Canada), CMT (Canada), Disney Channel (Canada), HBO Canada, Nickelodeon (Canada), OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), TELETOON, Treehouse, W Network, YTV, Historia, La chaîne Disney, Séries+, TÉLÉTOON as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, Rock 101, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh Radio, JUMP! 106.9, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
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