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  1. #1
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    Mar 2007

    Fall 2016 New Shows - Canadian Network Acquisitions from the L.A. Screenings

    Netflix looks to scoop new shows from Canadian broadcasters at LA Screenings

    TORONTO - Canadian broadcasters have returned from the Los Angeles Screenings, where they were wrong-footed by Netflix snatching must-have U.S. series from under their noses for the first time.

    "With Netflix in the mix, license fees went through the roof as it brought blank checks to the table and went in to buy world rights," one U.S. studio seller privately told on the weekend. "Anybody selling anything just has to do one-stop shopping," they added.

    One seller was eOne Television CEO John Morayniss, who pitched two new ABC series to the Canadians during their annual Hollywood shopping expedition - the Mark Gordon Company's Designated Survivor, the most buzzed about show at the screenings starring Kiefer Sutherland, and Conviction.

    A frustrated Bell Media saw both ABC shows, distributed internationally by eOne, not fall under its traditional output deal with Disney/ABC.

    Global TV programmers, now working for parent Corus Entertainment, also had Designated Survivor and Conviction in their sights, given their close relationship with eOne after collaborations on Rookie Blue, The Code and Private Eyes. In the end, Designated Survivor became the subject of a fierce bidding war between Netflix and CTV, with the Canadian broadcaster coming out on top as it nabbed both Kiefer Sutherland's return to primetime, and Conviction.

    CTV will also stream Designated Survivor on CraveTV.

    CTV acquired other U.S. series like Notorious from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studio, Training Day from Warner Bros., The Exorcist from 20th Century Fox, Time After Time from Warner Bros., and the new comedy American Housewife from ABC Studios.

    CTV also picked up This is Us from 20th Century Fox.

    "Original, emotional, supercharged, and salacious, next season's lineup is without question a game-changing collection of titles," Mike Cosentino, senior vice president of programming at CTV networks and CraveTV, said in a statement on Monday.

    Netflix is also understood to have bought two CW rookie shows for the Canadian market, Riverdale, from The Flash exec producer Greg Berlanti, and Frequency, from Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver.

    Both CW shows are less valuable to the Canadian nets, given that CW has minimal over-the-air bleed into Canada, except for Vancouver, and so no simulcast.

    While Supergirl has a new home stateside on CW, having moved from CBS, it's understood that City will air the second season after Global Television passed on a renewal. Elsewhere, output deals mean City is understood to have picked up a slew of Fox shows.

    And Global Television is understood to have picked up a raft of CBS shows, including Pull, MacGyver, Pitch, Pure Genius, Timeless, Kevin Can Wait, Man With the Plan, The Good Place and The Great Indoors.

    As well, it's also rumoured that Netflix and Amazon entered into a bidding war for the Canadian viewing rights to the new Star Trek series, which CBS is making exclusively available in the U.S. on its streaming site CBS All Access - meaning there is no simultaneous substitution advantage for a Canadian broadcaster to buy that particular show. "It was the first time there was a non-linear original show available at the marketplace," said the first studio source.

    That said, when it comes to first window rights, studios would rather still sell to broadcasters and not just SVOD OTT providers - plus it's in the studios' best interests to ensure many competitors for rights stay healthy. "I don't see strong support for going first-run SVOD in the Canadian territory," said the studio executive. "It's too much money for the studios (selling it the usual way)... and if we don't sell to the linear guys in Canada, the spill is coming in anyway (via the U.S. broadcasters, which are all carried by our BDUs), so if we don't cover off linear, we've basically burned our rights before we even get to an SVOD window. If we don't protect the simulcast, we're out of business."

    With files from Greg O'Brien

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    Last edited by lostjon; 05-31-2016 at 02:15 PM. Reason: Additional details regarding Canadian rights for upcoming Star Trek series

  2. #2
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    Mar 2007
    Canadians Unveil New U.S. Shows After Bidding Against Netflix at L.A. Screening

    12:17 PM PDT 5/30/2016 by Etan Vlessing

    Top-rated CTV dug deep to keep Mark Gordon's 'Designated Survivor' and 'Conviction' from Netflix after a bidding war.

    Netflix had Canadian broadcasters sweating the small stuff last week at the Los Angeles Screenings before leading players like CTV and Corus Entertainment finished buying up new U.S. shows to finalize their 2016 fall season schedules.

    Top-rated CTV picked up The Mark Gordon Company's Designated Survivor, Canadian-born Kiefer Sutherland's return to primetime on ABC, after a bidding war with Netflix. The auction for Designated Survivor, which is shot in Toronto, was led by Entertainment One Television CEO John Moryannis.

    His company has a majority stake in Mark Gordon's production shingle, and was also shopping another CTV pick-up, Conviction. Besides Netflix, CTV also beat out arch-rival Corus Entertainment for Designated Survivor and Conviction, which were considered must-have series by the Canadian broadcasters.

    The Canadians in recent years have paid progressively more each year for proven U.S. primetime hits as they bargain with their traditional suppliers, underlining just how key American shows are to their primetime campaigns. But Netflix entering the fray this year changed all that.

    Studio sources indicate Netflix bidding for new U.S. shows alongside the Canadians meant deal-making last Tuesday dramatically lifted the price of digital rights in Canada this year. That worked to the advantage of Hollywood studio suppliers looking for Canadian SVOD rights overall to become more competitive and costly.

    Netflix launched in Canada in late 2010, and major Canadian broadcasters didn't roll out their own streaming services -- CraveTV from Bell Media and Shomi from Corus and Rogers Media -- until late 2014. So along with the over-the-air rights to Designated Survivor and Conviction, Bell Media had to dig deep to keep the digital rights away from Netflix.

    But CTV-parent Bell Media is betting that paying top dollar for Designated Survivor will help strengthen it's primetime offering to Canadians. TV viewers north of the border know Kiefer Sutherland well after Fox's 24, and the Hollywood star is expected to help promote the launch of Designated Survivor, including to international buyers at MIPCOM in October.

    Other CTV pick-ups included Notorious from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios for its Thursday night schedule, 20th Century Fox Television's This is Us and The Exorcist, ABC Studios' family comedy American Housewife, and Training Day and Time After Time from Warner Bros.

    CTV will pitch its new U.S. shows to Canadian advertisers in early June, as will Corus and Rogers Media, which operates the City network north of the border. "We can’t wait to introduce this next wave of Hollywood hits to advertisers next week and millions of Canadians this fall," Mike Cosentino, senior vp of programming at CTV Networks and CraveTV, said Monday in a statement.

    Netflix confounded studio negotiations at the Los Angeles Screenings for the Canadians, who traditionally buy on the ground before finalizing their fall schedules and jetting back to Toronto to hold their own Upfront presentations. Netflix is understood to have acquired Greg Berlanti's Riverdale and a reboot of the feature film Frequency for its Netflix Canada service.

    "Netflix made it clear that they wanted to bid aggressively on certain programs," Colette Watson, vp of broadcast operations at Rogers Media, told The Hollywood Reporter. "But the studios still understand that having the linear television first window is an important part of how they sell programming rights," she added.

    European broadcasters, in contrast to the Canadians, can window-shop at the Screenings before buying new U.S. shows later this summer. At the same time, the hot prices paid last week for digital rights to new U.S. shows is expected to impact other foreign buyers as Netflix continues to roll out internationally.

    Rogers Media during last week's Hollywood shopping expedition insisted it held out for coveted rookie series like the Fox remakes 24:Legacy and Prison Break, and Lethal Weapon from Warner Bros. "We went down to the Screenings to bring back the absolute best that television has to offer its viewers, and we're excited to be the exclusive home of these marquee, appointment-viewing franchises in Canada," Watson said.

    Rogers is looking to tap the in-built fan bases for its new shows to help launch them. "The addition of these instantly identifiable series to the schedule puts us in an unparalleled position for success this season," she added. The City-parent is expected to unveil more new series acquisitions when it pitches its upcoming season to advertisers.

    Corus' Global Television has yet to confirm its new U.S. series pick-ups, but it's understood that network bought a slew of CBS shows, including Bull, MacGyver, Pure Genius, Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan and The Great Indoors.

    Other Corus' pick-ups include Timeless, Pitch and The Good Place, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. The new Canadian owners of the rookie U.S. shows are all betting they can distribute the new offerings across their growing Internet, mobile phone and tablet platforms, in addition to traditional primetime TV.

    Last edited by lostjon; 05-30-2016 at 07:26 PM.

  3. #3
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    Mar 2007

    The CW new series No Tomorrow and Frequency on Netflix Canada

    As previously mentioned in this thread, Netflix Canada acquired The CW's new series Frequency. They also picked up No Tomorrow, their other new fall show. All new episodes of both series that have aired so far are now available for streaming. Given how both new shows have struggled so far in the ratings, it's looking to be a smart decision by the Canadian networks to not pick up these shows.

    With shomi shutting down on November 30, it will be interesting to see if Netflix will end up grabbing the exclusive Canadian rights to their other CW shows including Jane the Virgin, iZombie and The Originals.
    Last edited by lostjon; 10-15-2016 at 11:24 PM.

  4. #4
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    Mar 2007

    New midseason shows Star and Riverdale on Netflix Canada

    Netflix has acquired the Canadian rights for the new FOX musical drama STAR, the spin-off of Empire from creator Lee Daniels, New episodes will be added every Thursday starting January 5. The series debuted last mid-December following the fall finale of Empire, and will be replacing Empire in its timeslot until March.

    As initially speculated in the fall, Netflix has also picked up The CW's new series Riverdale, which premieres Thursday, January 26 and classifying it as a Netflix Original. New episodes will be available on Friday starting January 27. So far, three of The CW's new series for the 2016-17 season have been exclusive to Netflix.

    For a rundown of other titles joining Netflix Canada Iin January, please refer to the video in the link below.


    Last edited by lostjon; 01-01-2017 at 11:42 PM.



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