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Abacus adds up Trickster sales

Trickster is based on novels by Eden Robinson

Canadian mystery drama Trickster has been licensed to a slew of broadcasters across Europe, Australasia and Latin America via deals with distributor Abacus Media Rights.

The supernatural series has been acquired by SyFy in the UK, NITV and SBS On Demand in Australia, Globoplay in Brazil and KinoPoisk (Yandex) in Russia ahead of its launch on Canuck pubcaster the CBC in October.

The 6×60’ show is from Canadian producer Sienna Films and has been already greenlit for a second season by the CBC. It is based on Son of a Trickster, the bestselling trilogy by author Eden Robinson.

Jonathan Ford, MD at Abacus, said: “Trickster is at first sight an irreverent coming-of-age story – teen angst, family pressures and social complications – but dig deeper and the story explores issues of identity, cultural heritage and family legacy as seen through an Indigenous perspective.”

Trickster is created by Streel Films’ Michelle Latimer (Rise, Nuuca) and Tony Elliott (Orphan Black), who also executive produce alongside Sienna Films’ Jennifer Kawaia and Julia Sereny (Cardinal, Ransom). All six episodes are directed by Latimer.

The Trickster deals come soon after Abacus secured a number of pre-sales for White House exposé documentary feature People You May Know from Metrotone Media.

The film has been acquired by AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now in the US, the UK and Canada; Fusion in the US; ZDF in Germany; HistoireTV in France; DR in Denmark; NRK in Norway; Channel 8 in Israel; DirecTV in Latin America; Globoplay in Brazil; iWonder in Australia and Asia; and Rialto in New Zealand.

Ford, who launched Abacus this year with backing from Amcomri Media Group, described the film as “a very strong and gripping factual feature which exposes shocking events taking place at the highest level in the most powerful country of the world.”

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