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Mercury racks up sales to Japan, Latin America

UK distributor MercuryMedia International has inked sales in Latin America and Japan for War Don Don and Houston We Have a Problem, both of which picked up Emmy nominations yesterday.
July 19, 2011

UK distributor MercuryMedia International has inked sales in Latin America and Japan for War Don Don and Houston We Have a Problem, both of which picked up Emmy nominations yesterday.

War Don Don, directed by Rebecca Richman-Cohen, has been acquired by HBO Latin America. The film chronicles the trial of Issa Sesay, a Sierra Leonean facing war crime charges, and was nominated at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards for Outstanding Coverage of a News Story (Long Form) and Outstanding Editing.

Elsewhere, Nicole Torre’s Houston We Have a Problem, which originally aired on Planet Green, has been acquired by NHK Japan. The film investigates the energy industry and the environmental concerns of big oil, and was nominated for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting.

Mercury CEO Tim Sparke said: “We are very proud of Rebecca and Nicole’s achievements in winning their respective Emmy nominations. The recognition accorded by the Academy will, we hope, drive sales of these important films to public service broadcasters internationally.”

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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