Abacus Media Rights has sold its multi-award-winning CBC/HBO MAX original comedy series “Sort Of” Season 1 (8 x 30) to Netflix in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines, revealing it at the Asia TV Marketplace and Forum on Thursday.
“Sort Of”, produced by Sienna Films, a Sphere Media company, in association with the Canada Media Fund, was created by Bilal Baig (“Acha Bacha”) and Fab Filippo (“Save Me”), who also serve as showrunners and executive producers. The comedy-drama sees Sabi Mehboob (Baig), a smooth millennial juggling between different identities from a sexy waiter in an LGBTQ bookstore/bar, to the youngest child in a large Pakistani family, to the de facto parent of a downtown hipster family.
The series has won awards at the ACTRA Awards, BANFF World Media Festival/Rockie Awards, Canadian Film Editors Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, Directors Guild of Canada Awards, Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Awards, Peabody and Writers Guild of Canada Awards and many more.
Counter also sold Seasons 1-5 of Jed Mercurio’s smash hit police procedural “Line of Duty” to Pumpkin Film (China Ruyi HK0136) in China. The company also sold “Deadline”, “The Pulse”, “Her Majesty The Queen: A Wonderful Life”, “Philip: Prince, Husband, Father”, “Queen Elizabeth: A Lifetime”, “Masked Dancer” season two and “Titans of Technology” by Music. rock in Asia.
Pooja Nirmal Kant, co-founder and CEO of Still Road Media, who brokered the Abacus deals, said: “We are delighted that the multi-award-winning drama ‘Sort Of’ and a number of related and interesting reality series have been picked up for the Asian market, where we have achieved Already a huge hit selling a range of drama, entertainment and reality programmes.”