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MercuryMedia heads to Cannes with sales, “Kissinger”

UK distributor MercuryMedia International has sold a number of docs into territories including France, Scandinavia and Latin America, as it launches a MIPTV slate topped by a profile of famed diplomat Henry Kissinger (pictured).
April 1, 2011

UK distributor MercuryMedia International has sold a number of docs into territories including France, Scandinavia and Latin America, as it launches a MIPTV slate topped by a profile of famed diplomat Henry Kissinger.

The London-based indie is bringing Kissinger (pictured above), a profile of the political advisor by Niall Ferguson, to the market for the first time, along with One Thousand Pictures: RFK’s Last Journey, a Lichen Films production for HBO in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the UK.

Other new titles on offer include The 4th Revolution, one of Germany’s biggest theatrical docs of last year; and Bhopali, which won the best documentary and audience awards at Slamdance 2011.

Mercury will also be offering a number of 9/11-related docs to tie-in with the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks this September.

Among the titles available is Fordson, which examines the effects that 9/11 had on the Arab-American community in Dearborn, Michigan – home to one of the largest concentration of Arabs in any city outside of the Middle East. The film won the Special Jury Prize at Slamdance 2011.

On the sales front, ABC Australia and Turner Networks Latin America have both struck deals to acquire The Invention of Dr. NakaMats, a single doc which follows the eccentric titular Japanese inventor. The film has now been sold into 25 territories.

Elsewhere in Latin America, Fox has picked up Michelangelo Revealed, The Daniel Project, and The Scottish Key. Meanwhile, Turner TBS has acquired American Radical, a film about controversial American academic Norman Finklestein.

Link TV USA has acquired rights to The Billionaires Tea Party, an investigative doc about the Tea Party political movement in the U.S. The film has also been sold to SRF in Switzerland.

In France, pubcaster France 5 has picked up Apaporis, an anthropology doc that retraces the 1942 Amazon journey of famed botanist Richard Schultes; while The Scottish Key has been sold to Planete.

In Scandinavia, a deal has been agreed with Norway’s TV Norge for Sons of Perdition, a BBC Storyville film about fundamentalist Mormons, which has also aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Finally, Swedish pubcaster SVT has acquired Vlast (Power), which traces the rise and fall of imprisoned Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, while LTV Latvia has also picked up Vlast along with Scientists Under Attack and NakaMats.

 

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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