Corus Entertainment

Corus sells Historia & Séries+ to Bell Media

Corus Entertainment is set to sell French-language channels Historia and Series+ to Bell Media for near C$200 million (US$160 million). The sale is still pending approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the Competition Bureau. Corus will continue to own and operate the channels until the transaction is complete. “In the 18 months […]

Corus forms kids venture with Discovery

Canada’s Corus Entertainment has formed a production joint venture with Discovery Communications. The JV, which is yet to be named, will operate independently in Canada. It will focus on premium children’s content for linear networks and digital platforms. Discovery Kids Latin America and Corus’ suite of kids channels will commission programming from the venture. The […]

DHX brings in Corus sales veteran for distribution

DHX Media has appointed Nelvana Enterprises’ Jerry Diaz as vice president of distribution. In the role, Diaz will have direct responsibility for managing the global sales and distribution business at Canada-based DHX. Diaz will report to Josh Scherba, executive VP of content and distribution, who holds overall responsibility for creating and selling kids and family […]

CITV picks up ToonMarty

Comedy series ToonMarty is heading to CITV in the UK after a deal inked with Barcelona-based distributor GoldBee. Produced by Montreal’s Sardine Productions, ToonMarty, was originally commissioned by Corus Entertainment for its French and English Teletoon networks and premiered on both in Canada last May. The deal follows the recent pick up and successful launch of […]

Wiggles arrive at Universal Kids & Treehouse

The US’s Universal Kids and Treehouse in Canada have bought rights to the latest series from Australian kids band The Wiggles. The separate multi-year licence deals hand NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s Universal Kids and Corus Entertainment’s Canuck cable channel, Treehouse, rights to range of Wiggles TV shows. The deals come ten months after ABC Commercial, the sales […]

Corus bags Star Wars franchise

Corus Entertainment has secured a multi-year licensing deal for the entire Star Wars franchise. The deal comes into effect this autumn, when Star Wars movies will begin playing on Corus channels, which include Global, Showcase, W Network and ABC Spark. Corus nets will get the seven movies already released, including 2015’s Star Wars: The Force […]

Corus Kids chief to run Sprout in US

Deidre Brennan is leaving Canada’s Corus Entertainment after less than a year to become general manager of NBCUniversal’s children’s channel Sprout. Brennan will oversee all aspects of Sprout’s programming, development, marketing, business strategy and performance at the network, which sits within NBCU Cable Entertainment’s lifestyle networks portfolio. She will report to Frances Berwick, president of […]

History opens SVOD Vault in Canada

Corus Entertainment has launched a direct-to-consumer subscription service for specialty channel History in Canada. History Vault will offer hundreds of hours of content from the History channel library on-demand for C$5.49 (US$4.05) a month. Programming will be curated in collections such as ‘The American Civil War: Brothers Vs Brother’, which will include two-hour special Lee […]

Corus’ distribution arm makes lifestyle sales

Corus Entertainment has shopped a raft of lifestyle programming to international channels. Home-flipping series Masters of Flip has been acquired by several channels including Discovery’s TLC in Poland and DLife in the MENA region. A+E’s Lifetime has taken it in the UK for the Lifetime cable net. Nine in Australia and Scripps in the US […]

Channel 4, Corus Hunting Nazi Treasure

UK broadcaster Channel 4 and Corus Entertainment’s Canadian History channel have ordered Hunting Nazi Treasure, following the trail of artworks and objects looted by the Nazis at the end of World War II. In the UK it will play on Channel 4’s More4 digital net, and on the linear specialty net History in Canada. The […]

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