Boat Rocker Studios has announced a fresh round of international sales for its phenomenally successful tween drama The Next Step, which saw its 200th episode premiere on CBBC in mid-July.
The latest deals for the global smash hit include CMORE Scandinavia and Dreamia Portugal have bought both Series 6 and 7, while RTE Ireland and HOT Israel have signed for series 7. These new deals join previous sales to CBC Gem in Canada and ABC Me in Australia. Both channels launched Series 7 on air earlier in 2020.
In addition to these latest deals, CBBC – where The Next Step is a constant ratings topper – celebrated the 200th episode with additional digital content to coincide with the milestone. A specially commissioned 8-part series of video chat parties featured cast, old and new, discussing their experiences on the show, sharing their own memorable moments and revealing some behind-the-scenes stories. Fans at home were able to vote for their own favourite episodes from a shortlist selected by the cast and tackle a mega 200-question quiz to find out just how much of a TNS superfan they are. TNS fever remains as strong as ever, with the 200th episode and additional celebration content dancing its way up the Most Viewed list on iPlayer less than 24 hours after release.
The UK’s best-loved reality dance drama for tweens, The Next Step follows the trials, tribulations and triumphs of A-Troupe, a group of dancers at the Next Step dance studio. Now in its seventh series, the show – produced by Boat Rocker Studios – is a huge international hit, broadcast in more than 120 countries worldwide.
The Next Step was created by Frank van Keeken (Lost and Found Music Studios, Wingin’ It) and is executive produced by Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier (Being Erica, Lost and Found Music Studios); and Shaleen Sangha (The Next Step, Chuck’s Choice, Make it Pop). Rachael Schaefer (The Next Step, Wingin’ It) and Karen McClellan (The Other Kingdom, Being Erica) serve as showrunners and executive producers of the show. The Next Step is produced by Boat Rocker Studios, with the participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund and the Canada Media Fund (CMF), and distributed globally by Boat RockerStudios and BBC Studios.