London 2 November, 2020 —

Abacus Media Rights (AMR), a member of the Amcomri Entertainment Inc, today announces North American sales for the Canadian supernatural coming-of-age drama, Trickster, from Cardinal producers Sienna Films. Having had its world premiere at TIFF in September, the CBC series has been sold to The CW Network and AMC Networks’ Sundance Now and Shudder.  

The US premiere of Trickster is planned for 12 January 2021 (9pm) on the CW Network followed by the SVOD release on AMC’s Sundance Now and Shudder, which will air the Director’s Cut of the series after completion of The CW broadcast run.  From Canadian producers Sienna Films and Streel Films, and already greenlit for a second season by CBC, the series has also been sold to Sky, UK (SyFy); NITV and SBS On Demand in Australia and Globoplay, Brazil.

A CBC original series, Trickster is created by Streel Films’ Michelle Latimer (Rise, Nuuca) with Tony Elliott (Orphan Black), alongside Executive Producers Sienna Films’ (Cardinal) Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny.  All six episodes are directed by Michelle Latimer.

Jonathan Ford, Managing Director, AMR, commented, “With its focus on diversity and a unique form of storytelling Trickster will have strong appeal to global viewers particularly the elusive younger adult audience. We are delighted that North American audiences will have the opportunity to access the series on multiple platforms.”

Trickster stars newcomer Joel Oulette as Jared, an Indigenous teen struggling to keep his dysfunctional family above water, holding down an after-school job and selling ecstasy to support his partying mom, Maggie (Crystle Lightning), who self-medicates an undiagnosed mental illness, and his unemployable dad, Phil (Craig Lauzon) and his new girlfriend. But when Jared starts seeing strange things — talking ravens, doppelgängers, skin monsters — his already chaotic life is turned upside down.  Additional cast includes Kalani Queypo (“Jamestown”), Anna Lambe (“The Grizzlies”), Joel Thomas Hynes (“Little Dog”), Gail Maurice (“Cardinal”) and Georgina Lightning (“Blackstone”).  

Press Contact: 

Debbie Lawrence, The Lippin Company Ltd – – +44 7771 850580


Abacus Media Rights (AMR) acquires and distributes a diverse slate of premium, multi-genre programming in the international market. At the same time, the company also works with producers to facilitate pre-sales and development finance as well as broadcaster commissions.

Embracing a fully transparent reporting ethos throughout, AMR focuses on building strong client relationships and generating positive solutions at every stage of the process, from initial financing to worldwide broadcast in order to successfully deliver scripted and non-scripted entertainment that counts to a global audience.

Abacus Media Rights is a member of the Amcomri Entertainment Inc.

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Led by EP/Producers Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny, Sienna Films is one of Canada’s pre-eminent scripted content companies, producing film and television internationally since 1992. Over the past several years Sienna has made its mark in television and was named Canada’s broadcast trade publication Playback’s Production Company of the Year for 2017. In 2020, the company was acquired by Sphere Media, which specialises in the creation, adaptation, production and distribution of television and film content.

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