Bell Media and FOX Entertainment Global today announced a new licensing and distribution pact that sees the companies partner to support Canadian original productions for all Bell Media platforms, including CTV and Crave, and in the U.S. for FOX.“This new partnership with FOX Entertainment Global bolsters Bell Media’s commitment to the creation of original Canadian content that resonates both at home and abroad,” Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Content Development & Programming, Bell Media said.
The global distribution will be handled by FOX Entertainment Global. The ongoing licensing and distribution pact has Bell Media’s CTV or Crave act as the commissioning broadcaster for all series, with content to be initially produced by Neshama Entertainment, and distributed by FOX Entertainment Global. "Working alongside our production partners we look forward to continuing to expand our original content offering, working with Canadian creators and filming in this country, with guaranteed international exposure on FOX and beyond," Stockman said.
“We at Neshama are proud to join forces with Bell Media on this exciting partnership," Brook Peters, Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development, of Neshama Releasing said. "Working hand-in-hand, unifying our individual skill sets and reach throughout the Canadian creative community, speaks to the drive and innovation we share with Bell and FOX Entertainment.”
The announcement further demonstrates the strength and success of Canadian original series at home and globally, and reinforces Bell Media’s ongoing commitment to the creation of original Canadian content. The deal encompasses English-language scripted drama and comedies, unscripted competition, and docuseries. Initial projects are set to be produced in Canada by Neshama Entertainment.
“I am excited to expand our longstanding collaboration with Bell Media through this bold partnership that harnesses our companies’ rich source of creativity and enviable independence," Michael Thorn, President, Scripted Programming, of FOX Entertainment, said. "The high-level of world-class talent in Canada makes this pact even more attractive, and Neshama and Bell shepherding these projects through the country’s proven production community allows Canadian content to have scale both locally and globally.”
This new partnership with FOX Entertainment Global bolsters Bell Media’s commitment to the creation of original Canadian content that resonates both at home and abroad.” Justin Stockman Vice-President, Content Development & Programming, Bell Media