London-based distributor DRG and Current TV have entered into a partnership which will see DRG distributing the network’s programming worldwide.
DRG is launching more than 100 hours of Current TV’s documentaries and series to content buyers, including the On… series, the investigative brand Vanguard and Morgan Spurlock’s 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die (pictured), with more programming to premiere at NATPE in January.
The new partnership is being spearheaded by Current UK’s director of acquisitions Amy-Louise Norris, in collaboration with Diane Rankin, senior VP, acquisitions at DRG.
“We are thrilled to be working with such an impressive distributor and excited that our groundbreaking content that focuses on powerful, human stories, will be showcased globally,” said Norris.
“Three words come to mind when I think about Current TV: quality, credible and brave,” added Rankin. “Their programming takes viewers to intriguing places and tackles difficult issues in a thoughtful way. We think this is programming that the rest of the world wants to see, and with content being produced out of both the U.S. and UK offices, this is a partnership we just had to be a part of.”
Featured content in the deal includes 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die, in which documentarian Morgan Spurlock examines how, over the last quarter-century, the documentary feature has evolved into an increasingly mainstream genre.
Vanguard is a 75-episode documentary strand that focuses on global issues that have a large social significance. Episodes include The OxyContin Express, on prescription drug abuse and the pill mills of Southern Florida; From Russia with Hate, examining brutal attacks by Russian neo-Nazi hate groups; and Mogadishu Madness, presenting images of Somalia after 15 years of anarchy and war.
The UK-made authored documentary series On… sees well-known UK personalities tackling gritty subject matter, including “Gail Porter On Prostitution,” “Howard Marks On Drugs” and the soon-to-be released “Corrigan On Hunger.”
Also coming out of Current TV’s UK production arm are documentaries Doctors Without Borders: Medicine on the Edge, filmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and Bride Trafficking: Unveiled, which tracks the mail order bride trade to Thailand and the Philippines.