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Little Mosque on the Prairie’s first international sale

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From WestWind Pictures:

Little Mosque on the Prairie Producers Ink First International Distribution Deal With French Broadcasting Giant Canal+

  • Show to begin airing July 2007 in France, French-speaking regions in Switzerland and French-speaking African countries

WestWind Pictures, the Toronto-based television production company responsible for the break-out hit Canadian television situation comedy Little Mosque On The Prairie has signed its first international distribution deal for the show with French broadcasting giant Canal+, announced Mary Darling, the show’s executive producer and president of WestWind Pictures.

Canal+ will begin airing Little Mosque On The Prairie’s first season (8 episodes) in July 2007. Canal+ also has an option within the deal for acquiring future seasons of the show. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The show, which will air in France as well as in French-speaking regions in Switzerland and French-speaking countries in Africa, will air in voice-over format. Additionally, Canal+ will make Little Mosque On The Prairie available to viewers (who do not have the pay channel) via un-encrypting the show when it airs.

“Little Mosque On The Prairie’s international success is a testament to the quality of Canadian talent and how it is embraced around the world,” said Kirstine Layfield, executive director, network programming, CBC Television.

Little Mosque On The Prairie averaged one million viewers per episode in its first season and is currently in production on season two.

Canal+ is responsible for bringing such hit American television shows as 24, Desperate Housewives, Will & Grace, Weeds and The Simpsons into the international French-speaking markets.

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US network picks up full 22 episodes of Blood Ties

From Lifetime (this media release refers to the US airing – it premieres in Canada in the fall):

Lifetime Television’s Popular Series “Blood Ties” To Return for Second Season in Fall

Lifetime Television’s popular series “Blood Ties,” which is averaging 1.3 million viewers during its freshman season, will return for a second season of ten new episodes in the fall.

Airing Sundays at 10PM (ET/PT), “Blood Ties” will complete its first season of 12 episodes on May 20. The series premiered on Lifetime on March 11 and averages a 1.1 household rating.

Lifetime entered the mystical world with “Blood Ties,” a drama series starring Christina Cox (“The Chronicles of Riddick”) as a private investigator specializing in solving supernatural crimes, who joins in an unexpected partnership with a mysterious and sexy vampire. Based on Tanya Huff’s best- selling novels The Blood Books, the series also stars Dylan Neal (“JAG”), Kyle Schmid (“Beautiful People”) and Gina Holden (“Reunion”).

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In the news: Degrassi star talks about finale

From CTV:

  • Degrassi star weights in on shocking finale
    “In typical “Degrassi” fashion, the two-part season finale is going somewhere the series has never been before – onto the stage of a sleazy downtown strip club. The controversial episode, called “Don’t You Want Me,” follows Alex (Deanna Casaluce) who takes a job as a waitress at a “gentleman’s club” in order to make ends meet and help her mother pay the rent.”
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