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The Next Step gets into licensing

Toronto, Canada-based Temple Street Productions' tween drama The Next Step is waltzing into a global licensing program.
September 29, 2014

Toronto, Canada-based Temple Street Productions is extending the global licensing presence of its tween drama The Next Step, courtesy of a new deal brokered by distributor BBC Worldwide with UK-based licensing agency Brands With Influence (BWI).

Following the deal, BWI will manage L&M for the reality-style series in all regions outside of North and South America. It will be shopping the property at BLE and MIPCOM next month, looking for licensees across the UK, Australia, Germany and France to start.

The Next Step follows the lives of a group of dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio and has been greenlit for a third season by Canada’s Family Channel, now owned by DHX Media.

The series debuted globally earlier this year. BBCW has so far inked distribution deals in the US (Hulu), the UK (CBBC), Australia (Disney Channel Australia), Italy (Sky Italia) and Croatia (Hrvatska Televizija/HRT).

The Next Step is produced by Temple Street, with financial assistance from The Shaw Rocket Fund. Segal Licensing manages the licensing program in Canada, which landed an exclusive direct-to-retail partnership with Walmart Canada for the IP last year.


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