DRG acquires “The Real King’s Speech”

After an impressive performance for its Channel 4 premiere, the one-hour doc examining the real story behind King George VI's struggles to overcome his stammer will now get a worldwide launch through the London-based distrib.
February 25, 2011

London-based DRG has announced that it’s acquired global distribution rights for The Real King’s Speech, a one-hour doc examining the real story behind King George VI’s struggle to overcome his stammer.

Following the success of the theatrical adaptation of the story, the Colin Firth-starrer The King’s Speech, the doc drew a sizable audience for its Channel 4 premiere, a high of 3.1 million viewers and a 13% share.

The Real King’s Speech is the first effort from 1212 Productions, a new prodco co-founded by Philip Armstrong Dampier and Zoe Loizou. The David Barrie-directed doc features new, exclusive interviews.

“The theatrical release has captured the world’s attention and The Real King’s Speech brilliantly unravels this moving and fascinating story,” said Diane Rankin, senior vice president of acquisitions for DRG. “We’re confident it will enthral millions of households worldwide.”

DRG also announced two new primetime commissions, a new production option and further international sales for the Renegade Pictures production Don’t Tell the Bride. Germany’s RTLII has commissioned an eight-episode run, to be produced by Eyeworks Pictures, while Danish broadcaster TV2 has confirmed a second season of eight eps. RTL Nederland BV secured the option to produce a local version and acquired the fourth season of the original BBC Three series. Also, the UK version has sold to TLC in Russia, Vivolta in France, NHK in Japan, LifeStyle in Australia and Really in the UK.

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