Media Ranch delivers Verdict to Cannes

C21 Media | By Richard Middleton
Published on March 16th, 2017

Canadian production and distribution outfit Media Ranch is heading to MipTV next month with format Verdict on Demand, in which a judge solves disputes.

The show, which is in its third season on SBS6 in the Netherlands, is a reality format created by Dutch indie producer Vincent TV Producties.

It sees a well-known judge and charismatic presenter solve neighbourhood disputes and deep-rooted legal conflicts in just 12 hours.

The show airs in a peak evening slot on SBS6 and is said the have increased the slot’s average share by over 30% during its second season.

Also on Media Ranch’s format slate is Verdict on Demand spin-off Legal House Call, which launched in January and sees a legal expert making house visits to desperate people struggling with various legal issues.

Media Ranch is developing local versions of both series for the Canadian market.

Other formats include classic 90s Canadian blind dating show Thunderstruck and cooking format Tipsy Recipes.

Media Ranch makes date in France

C21 Media | By Richard Middleton
Published on February 23, 2017

Endemol France has become the first international buyer to pick up rights to dating format Double Occupancy from Montreal-based producer and distributor Media Ranch.

The show (aka Occupation Double) sees a group of single women living together in a property next to a group of single men. The singles in both households meet for activities in the houses and on trips around the world.

The show was created and produced by Productions J and broadcast on Quebec commercial network TVA from 2003 until 2013. It is now set to enter its 11th season on fellow Canuck network Vtele in October.

Media Ranch recently expanded into Europe by setting up a Dutch arm, hiring former Endemol Shine executive Tanja van der Goes to run it.

France is currently the only territory where Endemol and Shine continue to operate separately following the merger between the production giants and Core Media in 2014, but this is set to change with the launch of Endemol Shine France, which is headed up by Nicolas Coppermann, previously Endemol France president.

 

Endemol France bags dating format as Shine nears

TBI Formats | By TBI Reporter
Published on February 23, 2017

Endemol France has acquired rights to Canadian dating format Double Occupancy ahead of its merger with Shine France.

The Productions J-created format, from Quebec, ran on commercial network TVA between 2003 and 2013, with an eleventh set to air in October on Vtele.

Endemol France is the first company outside of Canada to option the show. Its CEO, Nicolas Copperman called it an “emblematic Canadian format”.

Double Occupancy puts groups of single men and women in two neighbouring houses, with the contestants then going on dates and meeting for activities in order to win prizes, including a home.

The news comes ahead of the expected regulatory greenlight for the merger of Endemol France and Shine France. The two companies are the only Endemol Shine Group prodcos baring the company names in one territory that have not yet combined forces.

Copperman will lead the merged business, with Shine France bosses Thierry Lachkar and Bouchra Réjani both choosing to leave.

Media Ranch, meanwhile, launched in Europe earlier this month with the hire of ex-Endemol Shine Group exec Tanja van der Goes, who has become senior VP of Amsterdam-based Media Ranch Europe.

Canada’s Media Ranch launches overseas arm

 Realscreen | By Jordan Pinto
Published on February 8, 2017

Montreal-based producer and distributor Media Ranch is expanding overseas with a new European office.

The prodco behind True Sex Confessions and award-winning Street Jungle has appointed Tanja van der Goes to head up its Amsterdam locale. Van der Goes was formerly format and brand director of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group, based out of Amsterdam. She left Endemol in October and launched her own format agency, All Right Media, this January.

As senior VP of Media Ranch Europe, van der Goes will oversee sales, acquisitions and operations for the company in the EMEA region and India, with a focus on acquiring new formats and ready-made programs. Sophie Ferron, president of Media Ranch told Playback Daily, realscreen‘s sister publication, that the company is primarily focused on acquiring and developing unscripted formats.

Ferron said Media Ranch had been looking to expand in the U.S. and Europe, in that order, but when van der Goes left Endemol there was an opportunity to expand in that region first.

“Our aim is to represent and create formats that will travel,” said Ferron, who added that Media Ranch will use its new distribution agency as an outlet for its own formats.

Van der Goes is the latest exec to join Media Ranch. In September, former Dakota Pictures VP of distribution, Chris Sourligas, joined the company as SVP of business development and distribution. Media Ranch is currently developing a scripted comedy series with ’80s glam rock band Steel Panther.

Media Ranch launches overseas arm

The Montreal-based producer/distributor has appointed Tanja van der Goes to lead its new office in Amsterdam.

Playback | By Regan Reid
Published on February 8, 2017

Montreal-based producer and distributor Media Ranch is expanding overseas with a new European office.

The prodco behind True Sex Confessions and award-winning Street Jungle has appointed Tanja van der Goes to head up its Amsterdam locale. Van der Goes was formerly format and brand director of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group, based out of Amsterdam. She left Endemol in October and launched her own format agency, All Right Media, this January.

As senior vice-president of Media Ranch Europe, van der Goes will oversee sales, acquisitions and operations for the company in the EMEA region and India, with a focus on acquiring new formats and ready-made programs. Sophie Ferron, president of Media Ranch told Playback Daily that the company is primarily focused on acquiring and developing unscripted formats.

Ferron said Media Ranch had been looking to expand in the U.S. and Europe, in that order, but when van der Goes left Endemol there was an opportunity to expand in that region first.

“Our aim is to represent and create formats that will travel,” said Ferron, who added that Media Ranch will use its new distribution agency as an outlet for its own formats.

Van der Goes is the latest exec to join Media Ranch. In September, former Dakota Pictures VP of distribution, Chris Sourligas, joined the company as SVP of business development and distribution. Media Ranch is currently developing a scripted comedy series with ’80s glam rock band Steel Panther.

History lines up Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary programs

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C21 Media | By Kevin Ritchie
Published on Novembre 17, 2016

History is planning to mark the 75h anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a weekend of programming.

The Japanese attack on the American naval base on Dec. 7, 1941 led to the United States’ entry into World War II.

The programming block will include the documentary premieres Pearl Harbor: The Truth on Dec. 4 and Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later on Dec. 3. The A+E Networks-owned cable channel will also debut the short-form series Pearl Harbor: The Last Word in primetime throughout the weekend.

Based on the book, A Matter of Honor – Betrayal, Blame & a Family’s Quest for Justice by Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, Pearl Harbor: The Truth looks at intelligence and military mistakes that caused the U.S. to miss early warning signs of the Japanese attack. The doc presents evidence that Admiral H.E. Kimmel (pictured) was made a scapegoat as part of a cover-up. Subsequently, Kimmel’s family has requested that President Obama restore Kimmel’s four-star rank.

Arrow Media and Handel Productions produced, with Tom Brisley, Ashley Potterton and History’s Michael Stiller serving as exec producers.

Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later features accounts from experts, military minds and witnesses to show the event’s ongoing influence. A+E Networks produced with Jim Pasquarella exec producing for the network.

The series Pearl Harbor: The Last Word documents the experiences of some of the last living Pearl Harbor survivors including 25 veterans who range in age from 92 to 104. The oldest and second oldest living survivors, Ray Chavez and Jim Downing, were among the interviewees, as was oldest living African-American survivor Nelson Mitchell.

History is also donating the interviews from the series to the The Library of Congress Veterans History Project, which collects and preserves personal accounts of American war veterans.

The series was produced by HSC USA. Kathleen Williams exec produced for the network.

The programs will repeat on Dec. 7.

Sky Italia hears True Sex Confessions

C21 Media | By Clive Whittingham
Published on October 16, 2016

MIPCOM: Sky Italia has acquired a French Canadian show where people talk openly about their most outlandish and disastrous sexual experiences for its free-to-air channel Cielo.

True Sex Confessions

Canadian producer and distributor Media Ranch originally created True Sex Confessions (13×30’) for French Canadian channel Moi & Cie where it aired as Vraies Histoires de Sexe.

Sky Italia has acquired the original version, to be dubbed into Italia, for Cielo while also taking rights the show’s format from Zodiak Rights ahead of a potential Italian version.

The show, which Media Ranch launched at Mipcom in 2015, is part of a broad slate the company is bringing to Cannes this week.

Studio dating show Thunderstruck, reality series Double Occupancy, and drunk cooking format Tipsy Recipes are also available.

Media Ranch is also seeking broadcast partners for a scripted comedy series based around satirical glam-rock band Steel Panther who will perform a special gig for delegates in Cannes tomorrow evening.

Media Ranch president Sophie Ferron told C21: “Steel Panther are very good actors, they’re very funny and they have a lot of celebrity friends who will turn up in the show. They’re in costume and character the whole time so we’re doing it as a scripted comedy, rather than an obs doc or reality show. It’s a comedy act. We’re looking to get a UK version commissioned with a Canadian partner and other territories will follow after that.”

Of Double Occupancy she said, “It’s been a huge show in Canada for the last 10 years and we’ve picked up the format rights in the last few weeks. It’s strippable across a week with a big elimination show at the weekend.”

Media Ranch offers dating in Cannes

C21 Media | By Andrew Dickens
Published on October 12, 2016

TVA's Double Occupancy

TVA's Double Occupancy

Canadian producer and distributor Media Ranch has unveiled its line-up of original TV formats and finished series for Mipcom.

The company will be in Cannes shopping classic Canuck blind-dating show Thunderstruck, known in French Canada as Coup de Foudre.

The programme was recently remade for V Media Group’s V channel in Québec after a 100×30’ order was placed.

René Ferron of Ferron International originally conceived the format and now his daughter, Media Ranch president Sophie Ferron, will sell it outside of Canada for the first time along with both the original and finished programmes.

Media Ranch will also be offering the format and finished French rights to TVA show Double Occupancy, and retains the rights to remake the show in English-speaking Canada.

Meanwhile, the company will be selling the format and finished French-language series of cooking format Tipsy Recipes (20×30’), which has run for two seasons in French on V Channel as Les Recette Pompettes.

True Sex Confessions will also be available to buyers as a format or finished French-language series. The show aired on French-language channel MOI&Cie as Vraies Histoires de Sexe.

As previously announced, Media Ranch will be launching a scripted comedy series featuring flamboyant 1980s glam rockers Steel Panther and is holding an exclusive VIP launch party event at Morrison’s bar in Cannes on Monday October 17.

The Steel Panther group arrived for a surprise date on the French Riviera

Nice-Matin
Published on October 10, 2016

Even before their first riff, they make a racket devil in Cannes. Especially on the side of Morrison's Pub, where the group Steel Panther is set, next Monday night around 21:30.

"It's incredible, is still surprised Jean-Pierre Guillory, owner of the establishement rue Teisseire. Since we announced the arrival home of this group that i did not event know we will stop not stop call me! I had never experienced that before ... ".

Steel Panther? A glam metal band originally from Hollywood, which is not the last to play on the stage comedy to autoparodier, hair-raising live performances and blow drying straight out of the 1980s, a sex book, rock and drug that is played to sold worlwide.

Will Not Come?

Yesterday musicos group lit the stage names barmy Michael Starr (Ralph Saenz), Satchel (Russ Parrish), Lexxi Foxxx (Travis Haley) and Stix Zadinia (Darren Leader) occured at La Cigale in Paris (after Lille Splendid Saturday), having already played the Bataclan.

Before a European tour that leads them to belch on the stages of Luxembourg, Belgium, England, and the United States until January 19. With that date surprise in Cannes, which was not yet announced.

True or false? "It's a fake or what?" Some ask fans on social networks, who do not believe their eyes ... but would love to believe their ears.

The case has yet entered like that, like on a zinc finish.

"Initially, a TV producer present at MIPCOM contacted us to see if we could accommodate a group with public, to organize a party for his guests, says Jean-Pierre Guillory. He rented the stage to 2,000 euros, and has reserved 96 seats in the mezzanine and front of stage. And a limousine is already commissioned for the group. So yes, Steel Panther goes well come home tonight! ".

Rumor clamor?

Media Ranch announces format distribution slate for MIPCOM

FormatBiz
Published on October 10, 2016

Media Ranch, the award-winning Canada-based TV production and distribution company today reveals a strong line up of major original TV formats and finished series available for acquisition for MIPCOM.

Media Ranch Distribution’s MIPCOM 2016 lineup features; Classic 90’s Canadian blind dating show ‘Thunderstruck’. Known in French Canada as ‘Coup de Foudre’, the show has recently been remade for V Media Group’s V channel in Quebec. The channel has ordered 100 x 30’ episodes of the show that René Ferron of Ferron International originally conceived. Media Ranch’s President Sophie Ferron will now be selling her father’s hugely successful original format outside of Canada for the first time along with both the original and new finished programmes.

‘Double Occupancy’ has been a massive hit in French Canada for the last 10 season with unparalleled market share on TVA. This is the first time the show format has been offered internationally. It’s a unique reality show that brings together a group of girls and a group of guys, both single, in search of love and adventure. The groups live separately, each in a neighbouring luxury home. Each week, the girls eliminate the guys and the guys eliminate the girls until one couple is elected the winners during the Grand Finale. The winners leave as a couple, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes, including a home. Media Ranch is selling the format and finished French language series and also retains the rights to remake the show in English-speaking Canada

Controversial cooking format ‘Tipsy Recipes’ (20 x 30’) has run for two seasons in French on V channel as ‘Les Recette Pompettes’. Presented by Canadian celebrity Eric Salvail, who also owns the format via production company Salvail Television, the show combines the unique ingredients of cooking show and drinking game for celebrity guests that can’t cook – with hilarious results.

The show has been a VoD sensation on France attracting over 12m views on YouTube. The anarchic show hit the front pages of the press in the country when French Health Minister Marisol Touraine demanding it should be cancelled. Media Ranch is selling the format and finished French language series.

‘True Sex Confessions’ was broadcast as a 13 x 30’ series by the Canadian French language lifestyle and entertainment channel MOI & Cie as ‘Vraies Histoires de Sexe’. Media Ranch is selling the format and finished French language series.

As previously announced Media Ranch will also be launching a scripted comedy series featuring flamboyant 1980’s glam rockers Steel Panther and is holding an exclusive VIP launch party event at Morrison’s bar in Cannes on Monday 17th October, fresh from their sold-out London Wembley Arena show.

“Media Ranch’s mission is to create and distribute television shows for the international market as well as for a Canadian audience. Great talent knows no borders and we're confident our MIPCOM format slate of hit Canadian shows will translate very well across the world” said Media Ranch President Sophie Ferron.

Media Ranch ropes in Christos Sourligas

Realscreen | By Daniele Alcinii
Published on September 30, 2016

Christos Sourligas has joined Montreal-based producer-distributor Media Ranch as senior VP of business development and distribution.

Sourligas (pictured) joins the Canadian firm from Dakota Pictures, where he served as VP of distribution. He will join the Media Ranch team at next month’s MIPCOM market in Cannes where he will be charged with showcasing Media Ranch’s current development slate and finished programs.

Prior to this, he served as VP of sales at FarMore Distribution and VP of distribution at Just For Laughs.

He has also written and directed a raft of feature films, shorts and documentaries, including Happy Slapping and Elephant Shoes, the latter of which won and Audience Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival.

Media Ranch was honored with a Rose d’Or Award, which recognizes entertainment programming from around the world as judged by the European Broadcasting Union, for television format Street Jungle in 2015.

“[Sourligas] valuable experience will help us further realize our international ambitions in the broadcast industry,” said Media Ranch president Sophie Ferron in a statement.

STEEL PANTHER Is Working On Their Comedy Series

Metal Injection | By Greg Kennelty
Published on September 22, 2016

 

Steel Panther has pretty much never failed to make me laugh. The band's music is equally well-performed and hilarious, the band's individual and group personae are spot on for the time period they're trying to replicate, and the humor is always executed well. So it's pretty exciting that the group is getting its own comedy series, right?

According to C21 Media, the band has signed exclusive worldwide TV and digital rights to Media Range, who will develop a scripted comedy series about Steel Panther.

The series, which will be distributed globally by LA-based GRB Entertainment, will follow the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll-fueled lives of vocalist Michael Starr, lead guitarist Satchel, drummer Stix Zadinia and bassist Lexxxi Foxx. Between sell-out concerts, the band will also jet over to next month’s Mipcom in France, where they will perform an exclusive VIP acoustic show to invited television executives.

“Steel Panther is the perfect band to make the transition to TV. They’re unapologetically and hilariously irreverent. Their popularity transcends all age groups because their music is great. Steel Panther is in a class on its own,” said Media Ranch president Sophie Ferron. “They’ve been joined on stage by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Steven Tyler, Kelly Clarkson and many others so you can bet on many cameos by their celebrity friends in our series.”

No word on when this is due out, but we're definitely looking forward to it. Maybe a new album will be a tie in to the series?

Steel Panther Is Getting Their Own Television Series

Rock Feed | By Brian Storm
Published on September 21st 2016

Steel Panther are getting their own show and it could become the most metal thing on TV. The band recently inked a deal with an LA based production company to film a scripted TV series. This means we’ll be getting to know more about the hilarious lives of Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxxx, and Stix Zadinia.

The show will follow the band through their comedic sex, drug, and rock and roll fueled excipades. The media release about the upcoming metal program gives a few more details about Steel Panther’s TV show. [Via Metal Insider]

“Canadian producer Media Ranch is developing a scripted comedy series about US comedy glam-rock band Steel Panther.”

“The project comes out of an exclusive worldwide linear TV and digital rights deal signed by Media Ranch and the band.”

“The series, which will be distributed globally by LA-based GRB Entertainment, will follow the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll-fuelled lives of vocalist Michael Starr, lead guitarist Satchel, drummer Stix Zadinia and bassist Lexxxi Foxx.”

Steel Panther’s show is guaranteed to be awesome. The guys are absolutely outrageous and hilarious. It’s great to see heavy metal getting a spot on the air. The show will soon begin development while there is no information on where the show will be broadcast.

In brief: Drunk History; Mip China; Steel Panther; TVF sales

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Published on September 20th, 2016

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Steel Panther to front TV comedy

Glam rock band Steel Panther are to front a scripted comedy series that is being pitched to a slew of British broadcasters. The band, which is set to play Wembley Arena in October, struck a deal with Canadian indie Media Ranch, which is pitching the series to broadcasters in the UK, US and Canada. The Spinal Tap-style show will follow the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll fuelled lives of the big-haired rockers. US distributor GRB Entertainment will sell the show globally.

Media Ranch preps rock ‘n’ roll comedy

C21 Media | By Andrew Dickens
Published on September 20th 2016

Glam-rock band Steel Panther are set to star in their own scripted comedy

Glam-rock band Steel Panther are set to star in their own scripted comedy

Canadian producer Media Ranch is developing a scripted comedy series about US comedy glam-rock band Steel Panther.

The project comes out of an exclusive worldwide linear TV and digital rights deal signed by Media Ranch and the band.

The series, which will be distributed globally by LA-based GRB Entertainment, will follow the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll-fuelled lives of vocalist Michael Starr, lead guitarist Satchel, drummer Stix Zadinia and bassist Lexxxi Foxx.

Between sell-out concerts, the band will also jet over to next month’s Mipcom in France, where they will perform an exclusive VIP acoustic show to invited television executives.

“Steel Panther is the perfect band to make the transition to TV. They’re unapologetically and hilariously irreverent. Their popularity transcends all age groups because their music is great. Steel Panther is in a class on its own,” said Media Ranch president Sophie Ferron.

“They’ve been joined on stage by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Steven Tyler, Kelly Clarkson and many others so you can bet on many cameos by their celebrity friends in our series.”

Montreal-based Media Ranch recently adapted the UK television show Life in The Kitchen for Canal Vie and was also commissioned by Scripps Networks UK and EMEA and CMT (Canada) to produce the format Baggage Battles.

Last year the firm scooped a Rose d’Or for format Street Jungle, which aired on Bell Media’s Canal D.

Canadian dating show Coup de Foudre being revived

TVFormats | By Kristin Brzoznowski
Published on May 19th 2016

MONTREAL: The classic ’90s dating show Coup de Foudre is being remade for Canadian channel V in Quebec.

A new 50×30-minute version is being produced by Canadian TV presenter Éric Salvail’s production company, Salvail & Co. The new version will retain its core format, which features unseen single men and women quizzing each other to find their ideal love match. It will also introduce modern elements of dating, including social media. The show will also feature new segments and special interest-themed contestant rounds in which, for example, joggers, seniors and ‘cougars’ will aim to meet their dream partner based on answers and personality alone.

René Ferron of Ferron International originally created Coup De Foudre, and the deal sees Media Ranch’s president, Sophie Ferron, distributing her father’s original format.

Sophie Ferron commented: “Right now there’s a real trend of classic formats coming back. Having worked on the original Coup de Foudre I’m naturally delighted to see it return. We’ve had a number of approaches over the years to reboot the show but it wasn’t until recently that we have found the right partner to breathe new life into it. We think Eric’s team is the perfect fit.”

Viewpoint: Canada – the battle continues

TBI Vision | By Stewart Clarke
Published on May 19th 2016

At the end of last year I penned an opinion piece for TBI about the drastic changes that were about to be implemented in the Canadian broadcasting industry and offered some thoughts as to the way forward.

Five months down the line there is even more to say, both positive and negative, but there are no real resolutions as yet and to a large extent, the industry is treading water.

2016 has proved the slowest ever start to a commissioning year and there is a pervasive uncertainty amongst broadcasters and producers that, along with lingering legislative constraints, continues to stifle risk-taking and innovation.

2016 has proved the slowest ever start to a commissioning year

The 700 job losses at Bell Media last year and those more recently from the Corus and Shaw merger have forced people to step into new roles as well as manage more channels. And naturally, these people are still finding their feet and coming to terms with an increased workload.

My worry is that nobody is really taking care of business and this in itself could result in further cutbacks. Smaller producers also have a concern that these cuts benefit the larger production companies; commissioners would, for example, rather spend much less time – and probably money – with one big producer making a raft of programmes than with different producers for every show.

Practically speaking, these larger producers will inevitably be taking on some of the broadcasters’ workload and this could be very appealing. A few smaller producers have already closed this year, or have been taken over, and more are expected to follow.

One of the major changes implemented by the CRTC’s (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission) review last year was the unbundling of channels. This came into effect on 1 March 2016 and now broadcasters have to offer ‘skinny’, pared down packages and added pick-and-play deals to give viewers more cost-effective options.

As predicted, with money ceasing to flow to some of the smaller, less-watched channels, we are starting to see casualties. Canal Argent, a financial/business channel, has folded for example, with attendant job losses, and I estimate that we could lose up to 10 more channels within the next 12 months.

In theory, broadcasters have a little more commissioning flexibility… there is no such flexibility granted to producers if they wish to receive vital tax credits

Canada’s TV advertising revenues have also been flat for nearly five years so channel owners are now desperately looking for shows that will sell subscriptions; invariably content with big name celebrities that will generate good PR. In theory, broadcasters have a little more commissioning flexibility this year as, following the CRTC recommendations, individual channels can now move outside their original genre restrictions. However, there is no such flexibility granted to producers if they wish to receive vital tax credits.

The criteria for tax credits was established more than two decades ago and while it once was a cushion that helped protect and grow the Canadian production industry, this cushion is now smothering us and slowly draining the life out of the industry.

One of my own productions provides a good example. True Sex Confessions, a show featuring everyday people discussing their love lives, initially qualified for funding as a documentary series. During production government factotums screened it and criticised it for being ‘too entertaining’ and we were asked to greatly increase the level of factual information and statistics to put this show back in the right box. Needless to say we were not happy, but significantly, neither was our broadcaster or ultimately the viewer.

Working to such contrived criteria is the antithesis of making the best shows possible and how can this benefit the industry going forward? This level of intervention will produce mediocre content that becomes less and less watched as unregulated new providers such as Netflix grow. And we certainly won’t be competitive on the international stage.

But, I hear you say, great Canadian scripted content such as Falling SkiesThe Tudors, or new comedy Schitt’s Creek are travelling well. And indeed they are, as there is no government intervention in scripted content; no crazy, limiting criteria to meet and no need to be overtly Canadian.

We are still very much in the pain before gain period but there are big two chinks of light in the proverbial tunnel

If unscripted programming was allowed to follow suit, but still had some level of financial support, our industry would be forced to sharpen up and make programmes that viewers really wanted to watch, both at home and overseas. Viewers don’t really care where great content comes from, they just want to be entertained and informed, and I strongly believe that they are the best people to advise us on what they want to see, not blinkered politicians and civil servants.

We are still very much in the pain before gain period but there are big two chinks of light in the proverbial tunnel since I last wrote.

I stated that an industry association, where producers and broadcasters came together to drive the agenda, would be welcome. Unofficially, different groups are now starting to work together. It’s currently more of a think tank, but I’m very much hoping this will become formalised down the line. The other major positive is the April announcement from new heritage minister Mélanie Joly.

Mélanie Joly is expected to shake up our Broadcasting Act, which has been rigidly in place since 1991

She is expected to shake up our Broadcasting Act, which has been rigidly in place since 1991, when no one could foresee the impact of digital technologies or Netflix, and next year the government will also be preparing a new cultural export strategy.

A major consultation process is about to start and creators and consumers of cultural content will be at its core. This will be a lengthy process I’m sure, but as long as freedom and flexibility – for both consumers and creators – get enshrined in any new legislation and a commercial imperative is balanced with the cultural one, Canada could start producing, transmitting and exporting the compelling content of which it is more than capable.

There’s still an awful lot to figure out and we don’t really know where we are going yet – but, as long as viewers’ needs are at the heart of any changes and Canadian content creators can be unshackled and take the lead, there is definitely hope.

Watch this space.

Sophie Ferron is President of Canada-based independent producer Media Ranch

French-Canadian net finds love

C21 Media | By Clive Whittingham
Published on May 19th 2016

French-Canadian network V is preparing to reboot a classic 1990s dating format following a deal with Media Ranch Distribution.

Media Ranch's Sophie Ferron

Media Ranch's Sophie Ferron

V Media Group's main channel is working on a French-Canadian version of Coup de Foudre, which translate as Love at First Sigh.

The format was originally created by René Ferron of Ferron International and is now being distributed by the sales arm of Quebec-based indie producer and format agency Media Ranch run by his daughter Sophie Ferron, who is president of the firm.

The new 50x30' version is being produced by Salvail & Co, the production company belonging to Canadian TV presenter Eric Salvail.

Coup de Foudre is based on unseen single men and women quizzing each other to find their ideal match. The modern version will introduce elements of social media as well as new segments and rounds.

French-Canadian actor Mathieu Baron will host the series, which will air in autumn 2016.

Sophie Ferron said: "Right now there's a real trend of classic formats coming back. Having worked on the original Coup de Foudre I'm naturally delighted to see it return. We've had a number of approaches over the years to reboot the show but it wasn't until recently that we have found the right partner to breathe new life into it."

The format will be relaunched for the international market by Media Ranch at Mipcom in Cannes in October.

The company recently adapted UK series Life in The Kitchen for Canal Vie in Canada and has been commissioned by Scripps Networks UK and EMEA to produce a local version of the Baggage Battles format.

Media Ranch is also scooped a 2015 Rose d'Or award for parking warden TV format Street Jungle that aired on Bell Media's Canal D.

Media Ranch Distribution announces reboot of classic TV show ‘Coup de Foudre’

FormatBiz
Published on May 18th 2016

Media Ranch Distribution, the distribution arm of Quebec-based independent TV producer/ format agency Media Ranch today announces the format sale of classic 90’s Canadian dating show Coup de Foudre Love at First Sight.

The deal sees Canadian TV presenter Éric Salvail’s production company Salvail & Co remaking 50 x 30 minute episodes of the classic blind-dating show for V Media Group’s V channel in Quebec.

The new version of ‘Coup de Foudre’ will retain its core format that features unseen single men and women quizzing each other to find their ideal love match, whilst introducing modern elements of single dating including social media. The show will also feature new segments and special interest-themed contestant rounds in which, for example, joggers, seniors and ‘cougars’ will aim to meet their dream partner based on answers and personality alone.

René Ferron of Ferron International originally conceived ‘Coup De Foudre’ and the deal sees Media Ranch’s President Sophie Ferron distributing her father’s original format.

French Canadian actor Mathieu Baron will host the new series that will air in Autumn 2016.
“Right now there’s a real trend of classic formats coming back. Having worked on the original ‘Coup de Foudre’ I’m naturally delighted to see it return. We’ve had a number of approaches over the years to reboot the show but it wasn’t until recently that we have found the right partner to breathe new life into it. We think Eric’s team is the perfect fit” said President of Media Ranch Distribution, Sophie Ferron.
Media Ranch Distribution will be re launching the ‘Coup de Foudre’ format internationally at MIPCOM 2016.

The deal follows a series of international format adaptation successes and sales and awards for Media Ranch’s production business. The company recently adapted British TV hit ‘Life in The Kitchen’ for Canal Vie, was commissioned by Scripps Networks UK & EMEA to produce key format ‘Baggage Battles’ and agreed a deal with publisher Ivy Press to acquire the exclusive rights to create linear and digital programming based on their internationally bestselling ’30- Second…’ book series.

Media Ranch also scooped a prestigious Rose d’Or award for parking warden TV format ‘Street Jungle’ that aired on Bell Media’s Canal D.

Media Ranch Acquires ’30 Second…’ Book Series for Digital and Linear TV Adaptations

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VideoInk | By Todd Longwell
Published on
Mar 3, 2016

 

30-Second Brain

As short-form content becomes increasingly popular, it makes sense that entertainment companies would look for shorter literary properties to adapt. A case in point: Quebec-based independent TV producer Media Ranch announced today that it has acquired the exclusive rights to create linear and digital programming based on U.K. publisher Ivy Press’ “30 Second…” book series.

The “30-Second…” books are designed to explain complex concepts to readers “in less time than it takes to scratch your head.” The series features more than 30 titles, including “30-Second Psychology,” “30-Second Theories” and “30-Second Wine.”

Media Ranch’s credits include the French-language adaptation of the BBC2 docu-series “Life in The Kitchen” for Canal Vie in Canada, CMT’s “Baggage Battles” for Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, and the original series “True Sex Confessions,” which will be distributed by Zodiak Rights outside of Canada. The company won a Rose d’Or award for parking warden TV format“Street Jungle,” which aired on Bell Media’s Canal D.

Sophie Ferron

“The ‘30-Second…’ franchise is endlessly adaptable which makes it such an attractive proposition on which to create new content properties,” says Media Ranch president Sophie Ferron (pictured, right) in a statement. “We can create programming appropriate for kids and higher concept scientific shows for linear channels, short form, bite-sized content for digital, virtual and augmented reality clips – there is no subject or format we can’t formulate premium content for.”