Louis Lalande, Executive Vice President, French Services at CBC/Radio-Canada and Ward Platt, Chief Operating Officer of FOX International Channels (FIC) and Chief Executive Officer of National Geographic Channels International (NGCI), are pleased to announce that they have signed an output agreement that will expose FIC Content Sales’ library of outstanding National Geographic productions to more viewers, including Canadian teachers and students.
Radio-Canada has acquired over a hundred hours of National Geographic documentaries to be broadcast on the ICI Explora channel starting in January 2015. Also in January 2015, ICI Explora will introduce a new slot in prime-time exclusively devoted to National Geographic productions, starting with six documentaries on big cats. Radio-Canada has indicated its interest in a variety of documentaries currently in production to expand the programming line-up of Découverte, La semaine verte, Zone doc and Les Grands Reportages on ICI RDI.
The partners have also signed an agreement, which allows Curio.ca – Radio-Canada’s education platform – to air 200 hours of National Geographic documentaries previously acquired and aired on ICI Explora as well as additional hours secured specifically for Curio.ca. This collaboration enables teaching institutions and libraries throughout Canada who subscribe to Curio.ca to access National Geographic’s outstanding factual content.
Curio.ca is a new web portal that allows instructors at all levels – elementary, secondary and postsecondary – to stream highly relevant video and audio content in classrooms to support their teaching. Boasting a library of thousands of media files, the service will expose students to CBC/Radio-Canada’s most popular programs. Content is organized into seven main subject categories – arts, business, education, health, history and geography, science, and social sciences. The portal, which features over 4,000 news stories, documentaries and series, is currently accessible to over two million Canadian students.
“We are very pleased to partner with FOX International Channels Content Sales to expand our offering with outstanding content from National Geographic on all aspects of nature and the environment throughout the world,” says Louis Lalande, Executive Vice-President, French Services at CBC/Radio-Canada. “It’s perfectly consistent with our multi-platform and multi-screen approach whereby we try to offer our audiences the best of worldwide productions. This is a great example of the kind of collaboration intended by A space for us all, the strategic plan unveiled by CBC/Radio-Canada in June that will help us better meet the expectations of Canadians.”
“This expanding partnership with Radio-Canada presents the perfect opportunity to introduce French-speaking Canadian audiences and a new generation of bright minds to inspiring, high-quality programming that encapsulates the core of the National Geographic brand,” said Ward Platt, COO of FIC and CEO of NGCI.
In addition to the extensive acquired hours, Radio-Canada and National Geographic Channels International will pursue the development and co-production of stories that will resonate for both partners including a project focused on the Arctic.
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.
A space for us all is CBC/Radio-Canada’s new strategy to modernize the public broadcaster and ensure that it continues to fulfill its mandate for Canadians and for future generations. Through to 2020, it will increase its investment in prime time television programming, and continue to create radio programs of the highest quality, while promoting the development of digital and mobile platforms and content.
FOX INTERNATIONAL CHANNELS CONTENT SALES
FOX International Channels (FIC) Content Sales is a leading global distributor of high-quality scripted and unscripted programming and formats. Managing a library of award-winning, exclusive and top-rated signature series and specials from FIC’s bouquet of channels including FOX, FOX Sports, FOXLife and National Geographic Channel, FIC Content Sales features an impressive offering of dramas, sports, unscripted and riveting factual programming targeting all audiences.
With dedicated sales and creative teams based in several of the 62 hubs around the world, the FIC Content Sales group is positioned to service its compelling content to television clients worldwide and offer independent producers a broad distribution. The extensive catalogue features a diverse mix of produced hours and formats including Wayward Pines, Emmy award-nominated series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Kingdom of the Apes and The Walking Dead.
Local language series and formats are available from a stable of original content produced across Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.