Polar Bear sends 'Dogs' to Thailand


TORONTO -- Canadian producer Polar Bear Entertainment on Wednesday said it has sold seven seasons of "Top Dogs" to Thai broadcaster True Visions Public Co.

The sale by Canadian distributor Portfolio Entertainment will see True Visions, formerly UBC Thailand, purchase 84 one-hour episodes of "Top Dogs," a series on the Outdoor Life Network in Canada that features dogs in extreme sport competitions including hoop jumping and sheep herding.

Nisa Sittasrivong, program acquisitions officer at True Visions, said she first screened "Top Dogs" at MIPCOM before closing True Visions' first deal with Portfolio at MIPTV.

Other Canadian deals in Cannes include the Sundance Channel's pickup of "Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom & Pop." The documentary will bow July 4 as part the U.S. channel's Independence Day celebrations.

The film, from Canadian producers Open Door Co. and HRH Media, follows former NBC News journalists Hanson Hosein and Heather Hughes as they leave the interstate highways to travel 13,000 miles through 32 states on country roads in search of independent American businesses competing against the Wal-Marts and Best Westerns of the world.

Elsewhere at MIPTV, Granada International bought the international rights to 13 one-hour episodes of "The Murdoch Mysteries" from Canadian producer Shaftesbury Films.

The mystery series is based on three TV movies produced by Toronto-based Shaftesbury Films and has been presold to Canadian broadcaster Chum Ltd. and UKTV in Britain.