16 SEP 2020

ABACUS MEDIA RIGHTS SELLS CBC ORIGINAL SERIES "TRICKSTER" TO GLOBAL BUYERS

The new Jonathan Ford's distribution company has also pre-sold "Lennon’s Last Weekend" special documentary to international broadcasters.

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“Trickster”

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Abacus Media Rights (AMR), a member of the Amcomri Media Group, has secured sales of CBC original series "Trickster" to Sky in the UK (SyFy); NITV and SBS On Demand in Australia, Globoplay in Brazil, and KinoPoisk (Yandex) in Russia ahead of its launch on CBC in October and on the day following its world premiere at TIFF.

From Canadian producers Sienna Films, and already greenlit for a second season by CBC, "Trickster" (6x60’) is based on the best-selling trilogy by Eden Robinson, "Son of a Trickster". 

“Trickster” is created by Streel Films’ Michelle Latimer ("Rise", "Nuuca") and Tony Elliott ("Orphan Black"), who also act as Executive Producers, alongside Sienna Films’ Jennifer Kawaia and Julia Sereny ("Cardinal, Ransom").  All six episodes are directed by Michelle Latimer. 

Jonathan Ford, Managing Director, AMR, comments, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to represent this extremely timely drama on the international market. 'Trickster' is, at first sight, an irreverent coming-of-age story - teen angst, family pressures, and social complications - but dig deeper and the story explores issues of identity, cultural heritage, and family legacy as seen through an Indigenous perspective.”

40TH ANNIVERSARY OF JOHN LENNON MURDER

Abacus Media Rights also has pre-sold the special documentary "Lennon’s Last Weekend" (1x60’- 1x65’ version also available) to a raft of broadcasters ahead of the 40th anniversary of the music icon’s murder in December this year. 

To date the enlightening and candid documentary has been acquired by Britbox (US/Canada); SBS (Australia); DR (Denmark); Movistar+ (Spain) and TV4 (Sweden).  

An MGMM Studios Production for Sky Arts UK, "Lennon’s Last Weekend" is directed by Brian Grant and produced by Scott Millaney.  The documentary illuminates what was to be his final interview with an abundance of archival footage, photographs, and conversations with people who knew him.

Jonathan Ford comments, “When this world-exclusive interview took place nobody could have known that this would be the very last opportunity for John to open up to the world with his innermost thoughts. This is a captivating and poignant documentary and a ‘must-have’ feature to highlight the anniversary of the passing of one of the most influential music makers and pop icons of all time.”