Toronto-based White Pine Pictures, which is behind CBC/Radio-Canada’s police drama show Cracked, sold the program to the U.S. and France, White Pine said Wednesday. In a release, White Pine said the rights were acquired by U.S. cable and satellite network ReelzChannel after Cracked averaged about 750,000 viewers in Canada. “The acquisition of Cracked by ReelzChannel in the US, negotiated by Carrie Stein, will see the show enter the American market in more than 66 million homes nationwide,” the release said. White Pine said Cracked has also been sold to French broadcaster Groupe Canal+ and companion French Pay TV channel 13ème Rue Universal/NBCU. The show is also available on Astral Media Inc. French-language service Séries+. “Cracked’s pick up by Groupe Canal+ is reported to be one of the largest broadcast license fees ever paid by a European broadcaster for an all-Canadian TV production underscoring the attractiveness of the series to the global market,” the release said. CBC drama Republic of Doyle, in November 2012, was being aired in nearly 100 countries, The Wire Report reported. In January 2013, experts told The Wire Report that CBC should expand its negotiations covering international distribution deals for TV programs to reduce the cost of creating original shows and provide more support for its independent production partners. CBC is looking to cut costs and find new sources of revenue after the Conservative government's 2012 spending-cutting budget indicated the public broadcaster’s annual parliamentary appropriations will be reduced by $115 million starting in 2014-2015.