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Mercury ships ‘Inheritance,’ ‘Perdition’ to Sweden

UK-based distributor MercuryMedia has penned deals with a Swedish broadcaster for Inheritance, a Nazi heritage doc from Oscar-winner James Moll, and Sons Of Perdition (pictured), a BBC Storyville film about fundamentalist Mormons.
March 10, 2011

UK-based distributor MercuryMedia has penned deals with a Swedish broadcaster for Inheritance, a Nazi heritage doc from Oscar-winner James Moll, and Sons Of Perdition, a BBC Storyville film about fundamentalist Mormons.

Swedish pubcaster SVT has picked up both titles, along with The Invention of Dr. NakaMats, which aired in the UK on diginet More4. Both Inheritance and Perdition have also been sold in Israel to Noga’s doc-themed Channel 8, while NakaMats has been sold to VPRO Holland and Mediacorp Singapore.

Elsewhere, the London-based sales house has sold Vlast (Power) to Al Jazeera English, which will air it on its flagship strand ‘Witness.’ The single doc, which traces the rise and fall of imprisoned Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, has previously been sold to ZDF Germany, DR Denmark, TVN Poland, YLE Finland and IRIB Media Trade Iran.

Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, meanwhile, has acquired American Radical, a film looking at controversial American academic Norman Finklestein.

In Russia, news network Russia Today has acquired rights to Scientists Under Attack and The Billionaires’ Tea Party, the latter of which is a doc about the headline-grabbing political movement in the U.S. Tea Party has also been sold to IRIB Media Trade in Iran and Noga’s Channel 8 in Israel.

In Scandinavia, Viasat has picked up Scandi and CEE pay-TV rights for Renaissance-themed titles Michelangelo Revealed and The Caravaggio Affair.

Finally, The Real Revolutionaries, a doc about Silicon Valley from the writer behind The Cove, has been acquired by Israeli satellite channel Yes DBS, Sweden’s Axess TV, Iran’s IRIB Media Trade and Poland’s Planete Cyfra.

Planete Cyfra also inked deals for six more titles: Sons of Perdition, War Don Don, Scientists Under Attack, Plunder, Houston We Have a Problem and Inheritance.

The deals come after Mercury restructured its sales operation, as first reported by realscreen earlier this week.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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