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First Hand inks deals for “Defector,” “Trespassing Bergman”

Zurich- and Berlin-based distributor First Hand Films has sold several documentary titles to broadcasters in Latin America, Europe and Australia. (Pictured: Beer Is Cheaper Than Therapy)
June 7, 2013

Zurich- and Berlin-based distributor First Hand Films has sold several documentary titles to broadcasters in Latin America, Europe and Australia.

Turner in Latin America has acquired 1711 Videos: Trespassing Bergman, a six-part series about Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman; Channel 8 in Israel and Swiss-Italian network RSI have picked up Mona Lisa Is Missing: The Man Who Stole the Masterpiece; and Belgium’s VRT and Italy’s RAI have bought White Black Boy, about the plight of an albino boy living in Tanzania.

Russia’s RTTV has acquired Beer Is Cheaper Than Therapy (pictured above), a doc about American war veterans coping with life back home; German pay-TV channel Spiegel TV has picked up Generations SMS, about six teens competing in the US National Texting Championship; and Sweden’s UR has picked up 20 Farmers Hit Fame: No Business Like Show Business, about mountain farmers that are torn between the traditional life and the pull of fame.

Finally, Australia’s SBS has bought Death: A Series About Life, a five-part series about the question of death; and ABC in Australia has acquired The Defector: Escape from North Korea, a doc about a human smuggler and shot undercover.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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