From therapy reality programming such as Heavy (pictured) to the unscripted auction action of Storage Wars, with a little dose of Charlie Sheen on the side, AETN International is coming to Cannes with what it says is a diverse slate and a bigger sales team than past years.
“Our catalog has grown exponentially over the past few years and now features over 9,000 hours of programming from the top pay-TV channel brands in the U.S.,” said Sean Cohan, senior vice president, international, in a statement. “We are very pleased that our Lifetime offering has expanded with the launch of a new slate of unscripted series, complementing the Lifetime Movie package we debuted last year.”
Under A&E’s “real life” umbrella, AETN is offering up the first season of Heavy (12 x 1 hour), which follows two participants per episode as they undergo treatment to battle obesity. The series is produced by Tijuana Entertainment and Megalomedia.
Storage Wars, produced by Original Productions, has proven to be a hit for A&E, averaging 2.6 million total viewers, according to the network. The 20 x 30-minute series offers up the action from storage unit auctions.
Beyond Scared Straight revisits the themes from Andrew Shapiro’s classic doc Scared Straight. Available as a 6 x 30-minute series or one 90-minute program, Beyond Scared Straight examines young offenders programs in the U.S. that put at-risk youth in prison for a day to expose them to the realities of a life of crime.
Two History programs are also part of the MIPTV offering. Gettysburg (1 x 120 minutes) is produced by Tony and Ridley Scott, and combines CGI with live-action recreations to provide “an emotional cinematic experience” in its documentary treatment of one of the key battles in the American Civil War.
Also from History, Stan Lee’s Superhumans, produced by Off the Fence Productions, presents real-life individuals with remarkable capabilities, brought on by genetic anomalies. As the title would suggest, it’s hosted by Stan Lee, comic book legend and creator of The X-Men, and co-hosted by the most flexible man in the world, Daniel Browning Smith.
From Lifetime, look for Seriously Funny Kids, a 20 x 30-minute series hosted by Heidi Klum and produced by LMNO Productions. Also, a BIO one-hour special from Stage 3 Productions, Charlie Sheen: Bad Boy on the Edge will be shopped.