Antica Productions and Postmedia Network have formed a strategic content partnership that will see podcasts and unscripted television and film adapted from Postmedia journalism.
Toronto-based Antica will represent Postmedia stories for adaptation as streaming properties with Stuart Coxe, Antica Productions President, and Erika Tustin, Senior Director of Content Monetization at Postmedia, leading the partnership. Kathleen Goldhar, former Executive Producer of CBC’s The Current, will oversee the partnership on behalf of Antica, while Chris Gallipeau, Director of Audio and Video, and Andrea Hill, Director of Verticals, will do the same at Postmedia.
The first podcast under the deal is True Crime Byline, a six-part series premiering this week hosted and executive produced by Goldhar, that features Postmedia journalists like the National Post’s Tom Blackwell and Joseph Brean, Montreal Gazette reporter Jason Magder, and the Regina Leader-Post’s Barb Pacholik, discussing their work on career-changing stories and the cases that continue to haunt them. The first episode, with Lori Culbert of the Vancouver Sun, dives into the paper’s investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton.
“The depth and breadth of journalism in the Postmedia archives is a treasure trove of content ripe for expansion into entertainment properties. This partnership is an exciting opportunity to develop and produce thrilling true crime content that will rivet audiences around the world,” said Coxe, in a release.
“We are delighted to partner with Antica to help bring these important Canadian stories to a global audience and extend the reach our award-winning journalism into other engaging content formats. Antica and Goldhar’s depth of experience make for the perfect pairing with our deep journalistic experience,” added Tustin.
Antica already has podcast production deals in place with USG Audio, BBC, CBC and Audible. The company also recently expanded its presence in the UK with a strategic minority investment in London-headquartered TV and audio prodco, Telltale.
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