Beyond Distribution Secures International Distribution Deal With Buck Productions


Beyond Distribution has signed an international distribution deal at Realscreen Summit with renowned Canadian producers, Buck Productions and Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures, to acquire a unique documentary series which takes six people from indigenous backgrounds on a journey to re-live what life was like for their ancestors.

Merchants of the Wild (13 x 30’) mixes survival, nature and adventure as six adventurers learn what it takes to survive a fur trade mission similar to the ones their ancestors would have endured in Northern Canada over 400 years ago.  The diverse group must survive for 25 days with no modern technology, using their collective knowledge and courage, to find food, make shelter, endure freezing nights and battle an emotional journey to reconnect them with the land of their forefathers.

Merchants of the Wild is about bravery, determination and understanding the beauty and importance of our environment,” said Sean Buckley, CEO, Buck Productions. “At Buck, we aim for involvement with engaging content that has a purpose, which is exactly what we have brought with Merchants of the Wild. This was a special shoot for the team at Little Bear Big Wolf Productions and we’re thrilled to help guide them forward and share it with the world.”

Sarah McCormack, Acting Head of Acquisitions at Beyond Distribution, added:

"This is a really special series which isn’t just about survival, it’s about re-connecting with a past which is now all but forgotten. By experiencing what life must have been like first-hand is inspiring and the themes explored are universal, which is why we are thrilled to be working with the team at Buck to bring this to a wider international audience.”

Merchants of the Wild was developed and produced by Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures for APTN, in partnership with the Canada Media Fund and Rogers Cable Network Fund.