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Content TV’s natural history series sell to Japan, Canada

Natural history series including The Secret Life of Birds (pictured) and Anna's Wild Life have sold to broadcasters in Canada, Scandinavia and the UK.
October 6, 2011

Content Television, a division of Content Media Corporation, has sold a raft of programming from the company’s Content West portfolio, including the BBC2 series Wild Wales, to international nets.

The three-part, one-hour series from Aden Production features aerial and wildlife photography of Wales’ landscapes and wildlife, and has been acquired by NHK Japan and Canada’s High Fidelity HDTV.

In addition to acquiring Wild Wales, High Fidelity HDTV has also picked up the five-part, half-hour natural history series The Secret Life of Birds, also from Aden. Both series will air on High Fidelity’s nature channel Oasis HD.

Three Content West titles have been acquired by Viasat for its networks in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, including the aforementioned two series and Anna’s Wild Life, an eight-part, half-hour, fly-on-the-wall series by Barefoot Rascals, following Anna Ryder Richardson and her restaurateur husband, Colin, as they run the Manor House Wildlife Park.

In other deals, Anna’s Wild Life has been acquired by Discovery in the UK for Animal Planet and The Secret Life of Birds will broadcast in Spain on Chello Multicanal’s Natura channel. DVD and video rights to Wild Wales and The Secret Life of Birds have also been acquired by Go Entertainment for the UK and Time Life for Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Greg Phillips, President at Content Television, said: “Content West continues to demonstrate tangible growth as we realise this raft of deals. It is fantastic to see these productions heading to all corners of the world through this range of new deals.”

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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