DRG takes “Time Team” abroad

DRG reports international sales for the long-running C4 factual series Time Team, and has also acquired a trio of UK-focused titles.
March 26, 2012

DRG reports international sales for the long-running C4 factual series Time Team,  and has also acquired a trio of UK-focused titles.

The primetime deals see ABC1 in Australia and Kanal 9 in Sweden premiering the newest season of Time Team, while Kanal 9 has also picked up the five-part Time Team America, produced by OPB for PBS.

Season 18 of the series has been acquired by The Living Chanel in New Zealand and Foxtel’s History Channel in Australia, while TVO in Canada has finalized a deal for series 17.

Nelonen Media’s Maailma channel in Finland has signed up to the franchise for the first time, while DVD publisher Acorn Media has taken Time Team series 17 and 18  key territories including the UK, North America and Australia.

In addition to the sales, DRG also reports that the formated Catalan version, Sota Terra, has been commissioned for a second series by TV3 Catalunya, to be produced by Batabat.

The series, from Videotext Communications, sees Tony Robinson and a team of experts investigating historically important archaeological sites across the British Isles. Its 19th season is currently airing on Channel 4 in the UK.

“The reason why Time Team, which will be 20 years old next year, continues to attract new global audiences is because the brand is constantly evolving and incorporated exciting developments in technology and research,” said Patrick Roberts, SVP of international sales for DRG.

In other DRG news, the distributor has sold Inside Incredible Athletes and Concrete Circus to various territories, and has also acquired Trevor McDonald’s Queen and Country; Shakespeare: The King’s Man; and A Tale of Two Cities.

Renegade Pictures’ Inside Incredible Athletes sold to NHK in Japan, KBS in Korea, DR in Denmark, ABC Australia, Globost in Brazil and Royal Seal Media on behalf of Jinzhou TV in China. The Channel 4 documentary explores the world of Paralympic sports and uses state of the art scanning technology to create “biomechanical portraits” of five British Paralympians.

Concrete Circus, a copro between Renegade and ChristieHQ for C4, combines urban sports names and viral filmmakers. CBC News Network in Canada has acquired the documentary, as has SVT in Sweden, Nippon TV in Japan, History TV18 in Asia, Noga in Israel and LIC on behalf of SAGA Syndication Networks in China.

DRG’s trio of UK-focused acquisitions include Trevor McDonald’s Queen and Country, from Colonial Pictures for Sky; Shakespeare: The King’s Man from Green Bay Media for BBC Four; and A Tale of Two Cities from Wide-Eyed Entertainment for BBC Four.

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