Tricon Takes International Distribution Rights to Pivot Series Slate

Evan Shapiro Headshot - H 2012

Evan Shapiro Headshot - H 2012

Participant Media bypassed Cineflix Rights, a division of Montreal-based indie producer Cineflix Media, in which the U.S. media group has a minority stake.

TORONTO -- Ahead of MIPCOM, Tricon Films & Television has secured the international distribution rights to factual and scripted series from Participant Media's Pivot network.

Tricon also has a first look deal on Pivot's original one-hour dramas.

By signing with Tricon, Participant Media bypassed Cineflix Rights, the distribution arm of Montreal-based Cineflix Media, in which Participant has a minority stake.

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Cineflix did put in an offer for the Pivot slate, but was apparently out-bid for the business by its Canadian rival.

"They (Tricon) have as much passion and conviction for our shows as we do, and we can’t wait for Andrea and her team to introduce our series and talent overseas,” said Pivot president Evan Shapiro in a statement.

The deal was brokered by Tricon’s Jon Rutherford, senior vp distribution and business development, and Pivot’s Ben McLean, senior vp legal affairs and business development.

"Pivot’s fresh approach to programming has drawn an exciting line up of talent whose work will resonate with millennials everywhere," said Tricon president Andrea Gorfolova in her own statement.