OUTtv Nabs Exclusive Canadian Rights for The Collection Through Deal with BBC Worldwide North America
A Lookout Point and Artis Pictures Production, co-produced with Amazon Studios, Federation Entertainment, MFP, with the participation of France Televisions and BBC Worldwide Ltd.
VANCOUVER, BC – 14 FEBRUARY 2017 – OUTtv, Canada’s national LGBTQ television network, has licensed exclusive first window Canadian broadcast rights from BBC Worldwide North America for The Collection, an eight-episode drama series set in the world of haute couture. The series, written and created by award-winning showrunner Oliver Goldstick (Pretty Little Liars, Ugly Betty,) features Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons, Kill Your Friends), Mamie Gummer (The Good Wife, Ricki and the Flash), Richard Coyle (Crossbones, Life of Crime) and Alix Poisson (Disparue, 3xManon, Parents mode d’emploi).
The series is now available exclusively in Canada on OUTtv’s streaming service, OUTtvGo, with a Spring 2017 broadcast premiere on OUTtv.
“We are very excited to bring The Collection to Canada,” said Brad Danks, CEO OUTtv. “The Collection is an original, stylish series that will resonate with Canadian audiences.”
“OUTtv has proven, both with their channel and now their new service, OUTtvGO, to be a great partner to work with. We know they have a strong reach in the market, and this incredible series is sure to captivate their audience,” states Michael L Smith, SVP Content Sales & Co-Productions, BBC Worldwide North America.
With an impressive cast that also includes Frances de la Tour (The Lady in the Van, Vicious, Into the Woods, Hugo), Jenna Thiam (The Returned) and Irène Jacob (The Affair, La Habitación, Three Colours Red), The Collection tells the story of an illustrious Paris fashion house emerging from the dark days of the occupation. The gripping saga exposes the grit behind the glamour and the treachery beneath the trappings of The House of Sabine, a fashion empire spearheaded by two clashing brothers: the charming and ruthless Paul (Coyle) who controls the business and his gay younger brother Claude (Riley) whose creative vision is ushering in a new era in haute couture.
The Collection is a Lookout Point and Artis Pictures Production co-produced with Amazon Studios, Federation Entertainment, MFP, with the participation of France Télévisions and BBC Worldwide.
The license agreement was brokered by Brad Horvath and Christine Whalen of BBC Worldwide North America and Brad Danks of OUTtv.
About BBC Worldwide North America
BBC Worldwide North America is the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) operating in the U.S. and Canada. The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in public service programming in return for rights. The company operates four businesses in the territory – linear and digital content sales and co-productions, consumer products, BBC.com, and two studios based in Los Angeles – BBC Worldwide Productions, responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars and the limited series The Night Of; and Adjacent Productions, producers of Life Below Zero and Ladies of London, among others. The company also owns a 50.1% share in cable channel BBC AMERICA through a joint venture with AMC Networks.
OUTtv is Canada’s national LGBTQ television network that offers a compelling mix of drama, comedy, talk and award-winning movies. Their original programming includes Sex & Violence, with Olympia Dukakis, Don’t Quit Your Gay Job, Knock Knock Ghost and Fabulocity. OUTtv is the exclusive initial license holder for the Canadian broadcast of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Untucked. OUTtv’s majority investor of Stern Partners.
OUTtvGo is OUTtv’s streaming platform that offers LGBTQ programming to Canadian viewers. Subscribers can stream their favorite OUTtv series and movies and discover new content exclusive to the service. OUTtvGo is available for iOS and Android devices, Roku and other devices for only $3.99 a month.