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MIPCOM ’12: Content, Back2Back to take on “The Royals”

Content Media Corporation-owned Content Television has penned a worldwide funding and production deal with UK indie Back2Back Productions, the first fruits of which will be a factual production entitled The Royals.
October 8, 2012

Content Media Corporation-owned Content Television has penned a worldwide funding and production deal with UK indie Back2Back Productions, the first fruits of which will be a factual production entitled The Royals.

The deal will see the two companies partnering on the funding, production and subsequent international distribution of projects for the next two years.

The Royals, which will be distributed internationally by Content, is a six-part documentary series promising the definitive look at all facets of Royal life – from weddings, babies and teens to funerals, pets and scandals – taking viewers into the world of the British monarchy, “in all its grandeur, splendor and even controversy.”

Back2Back MD David Notman-Watt said: “This is a great opportunity for both companies. By side-stepping commissioners and networks, Back2Back and Content will be creating original series for international distribution directly, allowing both companies to fully realize the potential of newly created programming across all platforms in the global marketplace.

Back2Back’s commissioned factual and reality content is already extremely successful with international broadcasters. Coproducing/co-funding new content with a globally renowned distributor such as Content Television will allow us to build on this as we look to expand Back2Back in the future.”

This new deal with Back2Back Productions is the latest in a series of recent collaborations by Content Media.  Earlier this year, the company signed an ongoing strategic deal to develop a joint formats portfolio with Los Angeles-based formats company Small World IFT, and added to its investment portfolio with a 50% stake in Alex Gibney’s indie Jigsaw Productions.

Content Television and Digital president Greg Phillips said: “Throughout our discussions with David and the team at Back2Back, we have been very impressed with their enthusiasm and energy, and their original approach to factual and reality program-making, exhibited both by their award-winning catalogue and their roster of exciting new ideas.

“The company has a highly experienced team of producers on hand to bring these diverse projects to life and we look forward to working with them on the development of The Royals and further innovative and globally appealing shows.”

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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