Toronto/New York – September 4, 2012 – Tricon Films & Television and IFC announced today that Tricon will serve as the exclusive worldwide distributor of the network’s slate of “slightly off” original scripted comedies. Under this deal, the first two IFC series Tricon is bringing to the international marketplace are Comedy Bang! Bang! (10×30) and Bunk (10×30). The deal was brokered by Tricon’s Jon Rutherford, senior vice president distribution & business development and IFC’s Laura Sher, senior vice president of legal & business affairs.
Hosted by Scott Aukerman (co-creator/director/producer, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis) and musical cohort Reggie Watts (Conan), Comedy Bang! Bang! packs character cameos, sketches, and nonstop comedic absurdity with some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Seth Rogen (Knocked Up), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men). Bunk is an exciting new breed of “comedy game show” in which a trio of comedians compete in a series of bizarre challenges to win surreal prizes. Each week, contestants are armed with nothing more than their wits and fertile imaginations as they complete offbeat games and challenges to win a myriad of "non-charitable causes" such as the ability to travel back in time, having a priest supply an alibi, and trading lives with a baby.
“IFC has been attracting an incredible line up of marquee talent to their brand, and we look forward to partnering with them to bring this new slate of programming to viewers around the world,” said Andrea Gorfolova, President, Tricon Films & Television.
Commented Jennifer Caserta, IFC’s President & General Manager: “With a history of distributing comedy programming, Tricon realizes and appreciates the value of IFC’s original series and shares our creative sensibilities. They are the perfect partner to help IFC reach overseas audiences who enjoy our distinct brand of alternative comedy.”
Tricon Films & Television is one of North America’s leading producers and distributors. With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Tricon has quickly emerged as a prominent supplier of award winning factual and scripted programming that continues to be successful with audiences around the world. Tricon’s distribution arm features a broad catalogue of high quality, multi-platform content including primetime scripted drama and comedy, kids, lifestyle, factual and documentary series and specials. www.triconfilms.com
IFC creates and champions authentic, original content that is “Always On. Slightly Off.”Since 1994, IFC has cultivated television programming that challenges the conventions of storytelling. Today, IFC continues to embrace content with an indie perspective. Original series – headlined by brand-defining scripted and sketch comedy – air alongside an extraordinary collection of films and cult TV shows. Long and short-form original content inspired by music, web, gaming, animation, news, and culture is available on multiple platforms. IFC provides viewers access to must-see festivals and events around the country, like the Film Independent’s Spirit Awards and SXSW. IFC.com features exclusive video, podcasts, blogs, news and reviews cultivated and written by industry experts. The network’s On Demand offering, IFC Free, gives fans the opportunity to watch select content from IFC whenever they want. IFC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
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