SOURCE: Breakthrough Films & Television

October 01, 2007 12:00 ET

Breakthrough Films & Television and Partners in Motion Join Forces for Program Development and Distribution Initiative

TORONTO--(Marketwire - October 1, 2007) - Canada-based, Emmy award-winning Partners in Motion and Breakthrough Films & Television along with their distribution division, Breakthrough Entertainment have teamed up for a program development and distribution co-venture, it was announced today by Ron Goetz, CEO, Partners In Motion and Peter Williamson, President and Executive Producer, Breakthrough Films & Television (BFTV).

As part of the new strategic alliance, Breakthrough and Partners In Motion will be co-investing half-a-million dollars combined over the next three years into a joint venture initiative. This financing will be utilized to develop factual programs that meet market demands while creating new partnerships with international broadcasters, as well as third-party producers. Further details of this new development initiative will roll out closer to Realscreen 2008.

In addition, Breakthrough Entertainment, BFTV's distribution division managed by Tanya Kelen, head of distribution has been appointed as Partners In Motion's exclusive worldwide distribution agent for their prestigious catalogue of factual programming. Breakthrough Entertainment is launching Partners In Motion's latest line-up of programs at MIPCOM this October. The co-venture will also give Breakthrough distribution rights for projects that come out of the new development and production initiative.

"This new alliance is part of our ongoing strategy to grow Breakthrough's production and distribution business, and we are looking forward to a long and successful relationship with the Partners In Motion team," said Williamson.

"Breakthrough's strength in programming, development, production and distribution is a natural fit with our own, and we are anticipating a fruitful partnership as we gear up for making further announcements at Realscreen 2008," said Goetz.

About Partners In Motion:

Partners In Motion is an Emmy award winning, full-service media production and distribution company that balances national and international documentaries, docudramas, co-productions, corporate work in film and video production, standard and high-definition television series as well as multimedia and digital animation. The company has produced over 250 hours of programming which is now exclusively distributed by Breakthrough Entertainment. www.partnersinmotion.com

About Breakthrough Entertainment and Breakthrough Films & Television:

Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment is the distribution division of Breakthrough Films & Television, a producer of popular children's, factual, drama, variety and lifestyle programming. The division distributes a library of over 1000 hours of programming that has sold in over 180 territories worldwide. Over the past 22 years, Breakthrough Films & Television's executive producers and co-founders Ira Levy and Peter Williamson have built a creative partnership to establish themselves as one of Canada's most prolific providers of television programs, having produced over 550 half-hours of programming over the last two years. On the Web, the company is located at www.breakthroughfilms.com.

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