Cineflix sells fast turnaround Japan docs

Cineflix International Distribution has sold ITN Productions' Tsunami Search and Rescue and Nuclear Meltdown to a number of global broadcasters.
June 9, 2011

Cineflix International Distribution has sold ITN Productions‘ Tsunami Search and Rescue and Nuclear Meltdown to a number of global broadcasters.

Tsunami Search and Rescue follows the British rescuers and medics that aided in the aftermath of the Japan tsunami. The doc was commissioned by UK broadcaster Five and aired in April this year.

The show has sold to Fox Latin America, covering over 40 territories, and to SBS Australia, Silver Box Limited in Russia and Aljazeera Network in Turkey. In Belgium it sold to VMMA and RTL Tvi, including Luxembourg, Barrandov TV in Czech Republic and Origo in Hungary.

The one-hour special Nuclear Meltdown tells the story of how nuclear reactors in Fukushima began to disintegrate and the nuclear emergency that ensued.

The doc has recently sold to CNBC in the U.S., YLE Television in Finland, N24 Germany, Multicanal Iberia, Marjan Television for Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan and TVN SA in Poland.

Fox Latin America, Silver Box Limited, Aljazeera Network in Turkey, RTL Tvi SBS Australia, Barrandov TV and Origo in Hungary also picked up Nuclear Meltdown.

The deal for the two projects is the first between ITN Productions and Cineflix International and was brokered by Nicola Andrews, Cineflix’s head of acquisitions.

In a statement, Andrews said, “This has been the first of what we hope will be a pipeline of directly commissioned quick turnaround documentaries. The combination of ITN’s long standing expertise in making news features and the excellent sales team at Cineflix International has ensured both shows’ global reach has been very extensive in a short time – the strategy has paid off well.”

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