TVF sends “Price of Kings” to China

UK-based distributor TVF International has sold Spirit Level's three-part series The Price of Kings (pictured) to LIC China, one of a number of deals with firms in the Middle Kingdom.
February 15, 2013

UK-based distributor TVF International has sold Spirit Level’s three-part series The Price of Kings (pictured) to LIC China, one of a number of deals with firms in the Middle Kingdom.

The Price of Kings (3 x 52-minutes) is a three-part biopic on Simon Peres, Oscar Arias and Yasser Arafat. LIC has also take Infocus Asia’s Special Forces (3 x 48-minutes), which reveals the brutal training of Asian Special Operatives units.

Elsewhere, CCTV acquired Furnace’s blue-chip science double Everything and Nothing (2 x 60-minutes) and Thomas Lucas Productions’ wildlife special Galapagos: Realm of Giant Sharks (1 x 52-minutes), while Lens Media picked up 16 hours of science and lifestyle content for its online platforms.

Julian Chou-Lambert, TVF’s sales exec for China, said: “Chinese broadcasters are increasingly picky about the quality of the content they acquire, and it is very unusual for them to even consider any world affairs titles, but the sale of The Price of Kings has proven that top quality cutting-edge content can work for Chinese audiences.

“We are also very excited about the fourth upcoming episode of our smash-hit series Special Forces, which goes behind the lines of the elite Chinese PLA Special Forces for the first time.”

TVF has also acquired a number of male-skewing titles, including Classic Car Rescue (6 x 44-minutes) from Blink Films UK, in which iconic cars from Jaguars to Porsches are restored from wrecks to

Wonders; and Ambience Entertainment Australia’s Commandos (4 x 52-minutes), which profiles Australian Special Forces’ veteran instructors as they select, punish and prepare the next generation of ‘green berets’ for combat.

The distributor has also branched out into the formats market with a slate of more than 20 formats to take to markets across the globe.

Head of sales Jessica Bennetts said: “International broadcasters are increasingly looking for audience engagement through web interactivity and social media integration, and that’s something that these formats can help to achieve.”

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.