Mipcom: Kew Gets Awesome, DR Picks Up ‘Recording Studio,’ Cineflix Makes Waves, Jetpack Takes Off in Australia

It's hard to keep up a a market this size, but Variety is here to help with stories from Kew Media Group, DR, Bristow Global, Attraction Images, Cineflix, Ideacom, BES and Jetpack

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CANNES —  Canada’s Kew Media Group announced Monday morning that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire a stake in Jeff Norton’s U.K. based Awesome Media & Entertainment. Awesome was originally created to develop Norton’s award-winning original novels for film and TV and has since moved on to optioning third-party IP. In 2016, Awesome announced it would expand its catalog of children and family projects and begin developing primetime drama. Among current original projects are the missing person drama “Woodland,” high-tech procedural “Cortex,” and a contemporary drama being developed alongside Monumental Television called “Expat.”

Kew founder and CEO Steven Silver said via a statement: “Jeff is an amazing talent. Under the Awesome banner, he has generated the most extraordinary slate of content and we are thrilled he chose Kew as his partner.”

Norton added: “This partnership with Kew gives Awesome the resources to scale up into a world-class, creatively-driven IP and production company.”

Kew intends to continue to acquire stakes in content companies and provide them with the resources to scale and grow their production and distribution capabilities.

‘The Recording Studio’ Headed to Denmark

CANNES — Having already received a BBC One pilot order, “The Recording Studio,” has now been commissioned by DR, Denmark’s biggest public broadcaster, for an eight-part series. The program will follow ordinary people into a world-class recording studio where they will be allowed to fulfill their dreams of recording the most important song of their lives. The series is touted as deeply personal, funny and uplifting. Originally created by Boundless, part of FreemantleMedia UK, the series will be produced by the company’s Danish production arm Blu, for DR’s flagship channel DR1. FremantleMedia will hold global format rights and launch at Mipcom 2017.

Bristow Global and Attraction Images Form Canadian Tag-Team

Toronto-based content creator Bristow Global is teaming with fellow Canadian production company Attracion Images to develop scripted series. BGM have produced “Hockey Wives,” “Canada: The Story of Us,” and recently announced “100 Days to Victory.” Montreal-based Attraction Images boasts a catalog of more than 5,500 hours of TV and 17 feature films. The companies have three projects in development which feature female writers, creators and characters. They plan to release production announcements on the series in coming months. The partnership comes on the heels of Attraction Media’s acquisition of CMJ Productions, BGM recently joined as part of Kew Media Group.

Cineflix Media and Ideacom International Announce Partnership

North America and U.K. based Cineflix Media Inc. and Montreal’s Ideacom International have agreed to a new partnership. The deal is intended to combine Ideacom’s expertise in Canadian-French co-productions with the financing and distribution resources of of Cineflix. The deal was negotiated by Andre Barro, Media Executive Producer at Cineflix, and is representative of the company’s recent push into international co-production. Cineflix has created and produced both factual and scripted content for international markets. Ideacom was one of Canada’s first pioneers into the earliest forms of digital content. The two companies will look to exploit each other’s areas of expertise.

Cineflix Announces French-Language Content Initiative

Cineflix made news a second time today with the announcement of their International Development Initiative for Quebec Content. The initiative is intended to aid in the the adaptation of French-language scripted series and formats for the English-speaking, international market. The initiative is jointly funded by Cineflix, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec, and Quebecor Fund’s Export Assistance Program. Initially, $750,000 will be available for investment in projects over the next two years to all Quebec producers. The goal is to help ensure the success of existing French-language programming by providing necessary resources to export content to English-language markets.

‘Kitty is Not a Cat’ Finds Homes on Numerous Platforms

Global distributor Jetpack has secured a rash of new platform deals for the animated series “Kitty is Not a Cat.” Australian animation studio BES specializes in original animated children’s content for both domestic and international audiences, and first unveiled “Kitty” at 2016’s Mip Junior. Following an overwhelming response from international broadcasters the show was selected in the top five most popular programs screened to buyers. The series will launch in 2018 on Seven Network in Australia, DeAgostini Editore in Italy, across numerous CEE territories, South Africa, Middle East and Turkey. It will be available in 52×12 minute or 26x30minute formats.