Toronto, Canada - February 26, 2015– The Fremantle Corporation (TFC) and CCI Entertainment announced today a strategic distribution relationship on CCI Releasing’s drama, lifestyle and factual library for international distribution heading into MIPTV.
The library includes two new lifestyle series Real Houses
(20x30’), produced by CCI Productions, Hemmings House and Talons of Venice and Cubicle to the Cage
(12x30) produced by Hemmings House, in addition to four food/lifestyle series, four documentary features and two features- a total of 83 hours available worldwide.
As one of Canada’s leading producers, CCI will turn its full focus on creating content across all genres.
“The exceptional library Charles and Arnie have built fits perfectly within our own as we continueour expansion plans,” said Brad Pelman, CEO The Fremantle Corporation. "We are delighted to partner with CCI Entertainment to bring their quality programming to the worldwide market.”
"We are excited to partner with The Fremantle Corporation on the distribution of both our library content and our current production slate,"said Co-Founder and Executive Producer Charles Falzon. “We look forward to focusing on a very robust and diverse development slate and on new business opportunities,” said Co-Founder and Executive Producer Arnie Zipursky.
(20x30’)features ordinary people with extraordinary homes in unexpected places. Each episode features different neighbourhoods - from Santa Barbara to Halifax, Brooklyn to Houston - showcasing local houses with one-of-a kind style and personality, just like the people who own them. Real Houses
isn't about outrageous celebrity pads or professionally decorated monster pads. It's about personality. Unique verses cookie-cutter decorating, a celebration of inspiration over style.
Cubicle to the Cage
(12x30’) is a new docu-soap about a group of ordinary people on an extraordinary year-long journey to become professional Mixed Martial Arts fighters. It is a celebration of unusual passion and courage in average people who refuse to accept their mundane life and are willing to push beyond whatever they thought they could endure or achieve. This hard-hitting documentary is a raw depiction of the stress and violence that is MMA. It's a multi-faceted journey of self-discovery, on a physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual level.
Acquired series include:food and travel journeysAvventura: Journeys in Italian Cuisine
(26x30’) with David Rocco, Entrada: Journeys in Latin American Cuisine
(26x30’)with Roanna Sabeh-Azar; and Panasia
(26x30’)with Sian Richard introducing the sights, sounds, cuisine and culture of Asia; and thelifestyle series Stylin' Gypsies
(26x 30’) produced by Aphrodite Films,which delivers fun and mayhem as a band of irreverent and entertaining Gypsies travel from town to town surprising locals with head-to-toe makeovers, leaving a wake of glamour, glitz and gorgeous gals.
CCI Produceddocumentary features include: 7 Days of Remembrance,
a journey by six Canadian university students to the concentration camps of Poland; Each of Us Has a Name,
which documents the pilgrimage of thousands of teens and survivors to Poland as they experience the horrors of the remnants of the Nazi concentration camps; Living Through Dying,
an honest and heart-warming tribute to those living with a terminal illness; andPaws for Autism,
which follows two autistic children and their service dogs.
Two CCIfeature films complete the slate. The Ride
is a fast-paced, unpredictable journey into darkness, following the lives of six taxicab drivers over a weekend. Sex, psychopaths and soul searching, it's just another typical weekend for the cabbies at City Cab. Row Your Boat,
is an action-packed adventure and high budget theatrical release starring Jon Bon Jovi and Bai Ling, and featuring a stellar soundtrack produced by Grammy award-winner Phil Ramone. An ex-con desperately trying to get his life on the tracks meets and falls in love with a beautiful Chinese woman. Their friendship blossoms into love, in a test for survival in the midst of danger and corruption that will change their lives forever.
About CCI Entertainment
With over 30 years of experience in television production and international distribution,CCI is among Canada’s most highly respected companies in the entertainment industry. CCI’s success and longstanding reputation for packaging, producing, and distributing quality entertainment has spanned all genres including drama, live action, feature films, multiplatform brands and of course children’s content. Their ability to create and deliver engaging productis furthered by a network of strategic partners around the globe. www.ccientertainment.com
About The Fremantle Corporation
Established in 1952, The Fremantle Corporation has built its distinctive brand with initiative and innovation, bringing worldwide market access to independent producers of quality content to the global television market.
Headquartered in Canada, The Fremantle Corporation recognizes and responds to the rapidly changing technologies and business models. The Fremantle Corporation distributes over 5000 hours of content in a diverse range of new, innovative and branded, scripted and unscripted programming in all genres, for all demographics. www.fremantlecorp.com