Distribution360 Launching New Kids’ Formats


TORONTO: Distribution360 (D360) has several new kids’ formats on its children’s and family slate, including The School Run and Snapshots.

The addition of The School Run to the D360 catalog follows a newly inked deal with the U.K. producer Silver Bullet Entertainment. Produced for BBC Radio 1, The School Run surprises a group of unsuspecting friends with a favorite musical celebrity waiting at the school gates to drive them home. Celebrities featured include Olly Murs, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Little Mix, The 1975 and The Vamps.

Also added to the slate is Snapshots, produced by Forte Entertainment for CBC Kids. The unscripted live-action photography competition series watches as kids compete to take the best photos. In each episode, three kids go head-to-head, armed with a passion for photography and an eye for the perfect shot, as they use all their skills and creativity to complete the challenges.

Distribution360 will also unveil an additional four brand-new kids’ and family series at the market: Driving Me Crazy, produced by marblemedia in consultation with IWC Media Limited and Proper Television for YTV; mathXplosion, produced by GAPC Entertainment for TVOKids; The Mystery Files, produced by Apartment 11 for TVOKids; and Opie’s Home, produced by marblemedia, in association with TVO, The Jim Henson Company, City Saskatchewan and Knowledge Network. Global rights for Opie’s Home are shared by Distribution360 (Canada, Australia and France) and The Jim Henson Company (ROW).

“When you think about formats, you may not think about kids’ series,” said Diane Rankin, Distribution360’s senior VP of international. “But kids broadcasters need local content too and simple live-action formats can effectively and affordably solve that programming challenge.”