Mipcom Deals: ABC Family Buys ‘Cheer Stars’; Slingshot Developing ‘Minnesota’; & More

Canada’s Corus Entertainment has sold its unscripted series “Cheer Stars” to ABC Family and “Masters of Flip” to Scripps Networks Interactive in deals struck on the eve of the Mipcom international TV sales market, which begins today in Cannes.

“Cheer Stars” follows members of a champion cheerleading team as they set out to defend their title. ABC Family has picked up 10 episodes of the hourlong series targeted to air next summer. Corus is already in business with Disney as its partner in the Canadian iteration of Disney Channel and the ABC Spark channel.

Scripps Networks has grabbed 12 hourlong episodes of “Masters of Flip,” revolving around house-flippers Kortney and Dave Wilson, who are featured on other Canadian home renovation series.

Separately, Slingshot Global Media has cut deal to develop a crime drama series with Nordic producer Tomas Backstrom based on a trilogy by Norwegian novelist Vidar Sundstol. “Minnesota” will revolve around the murder of a Norwegian tourist who turns up on the shores of Lake Superior in a case with links to a crime dating back 100 years.

Backstrom, Russell Kagan and Gerald Rafshoon are exec producing for Slingshot, the L.A.-based content shingle launched last year by David Ellender, former head of FremantleMedia, and TPG Growth.

Among other deals unveiled on the first day of the conference:

  • CBS Studios International has sold the Eye’s new fantasy drama “Limitless” in major markets including the U.K. (Sky Living), Germany (ProSiebenSat.1 Group), France (M6 Group), Canada (Global), Italy (Raidue), Spain and Sweden (Fox) and Australia (Network Ten)
  • FremantleMedia has sold its buzzy drama “Deutschland 83,” which aired in the U.S. on SundanceTV, in top markets including Russia (Channel One), Italy (Sky Italia), Australia (Stan), Belgium (Telenet), Hungary (RTL Klub) and Israel (Hotvision).
  • ProSieben’s Red Arrow Entertainment has set a co-development deal with Nippon TV for a range of entertainment and reality formats.


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