Unscripted

Cineflix sells Shatner series to Mediaset

Weird or What with William Shatner (pictured) is part of a 69-hour factual package that comprises the distributor's largest deal with an Italian broadcaster to date.
July 19, 2011

Cineflix International Distribution has closed a deal with Italian commercial broadcaster RTI Mediaset that will see titles from a 69-hour factual package air on Italia 1 and the newly launched Mediaset Italia 2, beginning this month.

Titles that are part of the package include Weird or What with William Shatner (pictured, 20 x 60 minutes); travel-gone-wrong series Paradise Lost (8 x 60 minutes); crime series Murder She Solved: True Crime (8 x 60 minutes) and science program Cooler Facts (6 x 30 minutes/38 x 3 minutes).

The third season of “extreme trivia” series Urban Legends is also part of the deal, as are lifestyle programs Princess and all three seasons of Bulging Brides (39 x 30 minutes).

Daniela Bagliani, factual acquisitions and coproductions manager for RTI Mediaset Group, said the Cineflix package “is both edgy and quality-oriented and thus really suits our channels’ needs – especially those of Italia 1, which is always looking for new challenges to satisfy the ever-changing taste of its audience.

“Italia 1 and Cineflix have something in common: they are not only up-to-date, but they also create new ways of enjoying TV viewing.”

The deal was brokered by Sabrina Ayala, Cineflix International’s VP of sales and acquisitions for Latin America, Iberia and Italy, who added: “It’s such a pleasure to be working with one of the most dynamic broadcasters in Italy, and we look forward to an ever brighter future together.”

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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