Scorpion TV brings “Mayan Apocalypse,” “To The Bone” to MIPTV

Documentaries about the Mayan apocalypse prophecy, world record-holding mountain climber Richard Parks and Brazilian meat packing workers (pictured) are on Scorpion TV's MIPTV slate, with the British distributor having also signed a raft of European TV deals.
March 7, 2012

London-based production and distribution company Scorpion TV has signed several deals ahead of the MIPTV conference in Cannes, France next month, where it will launch three new titles.

The company has sold current affairs documentary Defusing Human Bombs, about a Pakistani school that tries to rehabilitate potential suicide bombers, to Dutch pubcaster TROS, DR in Denmark, Sweden’s SVT, YLE in Finland, Channel News Asia in Singapore and Portugal’s RTP.

Elsewhere, Swedish pubcaster UR picked up music titles This Band is So Gorgeous and Arab Rap; SVT, RTP and NITV in Australia bought the six-part travel series Of Islands and Men, and NITV also picked up the docs This is Our Country Too and Walk Like a Man, the latter of which is about the gay rugby world cup.

Meanwhile, Sweden’s Axess acquired the five-part neuroscience series The Brain Fitness Programme and American Hispanic cable network Nat Geo Mundo picked up the documentary La Americana.

Scorpion TV also unveiled three new titles it will bring to this year’s MIPTV: The Mayan Apocalypse 2012, which previously aired on More4 in the UK and follows historian Paul Murton as he travels to Guatemala and the U.S. to visit people that believe the world will end based on an ancient Mayan prophecy; Conquering the World, a film about adventurer Richard Parks’ attempt to climb the world’s seven highest mountains and reach the two poles in seven months; and To The Bone (pictured), about the dangers facing meat packing workers in Brazil.

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