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D360 moves into formats with Marblemedia trio and children’s shows

Race Against the Tide centres on the work of sand sculptors

Canada’s Distribution360 is moving into format sales after its expansion into scripted content earlier in the year, adding three adult and four kids’ formats on its autumn slate.

The first two adult shows are available as finished tape or as a format and all three are made by D360 subsidiary Marblemedia.

Race Against the Tide (10×30’) sees the best sand sculptors in the world do battle against each other on beaches with a natural countdown provided by the surf. Competitors must have their work finished and judged before the waves come in and wash their good work away.

Best in Miniature (10×60’) is another competition format that tests peoples’ ability to work with miniature modelling. Experts are tasked with building their dream home in miniature form, creating it room by room in painstaking detail, all at 1:12 scale. New probe lens technology allows the viewer unprecedented access.

The final competition series is season two of Netflix’s glassmaking format Blown Away (10×30’), which is making its worldwide market debut.

D360’s kids’ shows include Just Like in Space (13×30’), which is available as tape and format and is aimed at 8-12s. Hosts Alex and Joaquin are space-mad vloggers who use artificial intelligence and experiments to replicate the sensation of being in space. The show is produced by New Brunswick prodco Connections Productions.

Best in Miniature sees contestants build 1:12 scale versions of their dream homes

Escape if you Can (26×30’ and format), thrusts three contestants into the spooky chambers of a mad professor and then has them try to escape. Racing against the clock, they need to work together as a team to solve puzzles, challenges and a science experiment to discover the numbers for the secret code they must crack to make their escape. Montreal’s Orbite Media produces.

Happy House of Frightenstein (10×3’) is an animated series for preschoolers. Set in the Happy House of Frightenstein, a giant castle-like play structure in the spooky backyard of Castle Frightenstein, the show features characters who are all mini versions of monsters and is produced by Toronto’s Headspinner Productions.

Finally, season four of All-Round Champion (11×60’), from Marblemedia, has joined D360’s autumn slate. Ten young athletes face each other in 10 events, with each specialising in one of them. The fourth season mixes winter and summer sports for the first time. Deals for seasons one and two have already been done with ABC in Australia, RTM in Malaysia and Now TV in Hong Kong.


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