Breakthrough inks deals in Eastern Europe

Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment has sold assorted factual and lifestyle titles, including One Ocean, David Rocco's Amalfi Getaway (pictured) and Sea Nation into Poland, the Czech Republic, and Russia.
June 19, 2013

Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment has sold assorted factual and lifestyle titles, including One Ocean, David Rocco’s Dolce Vita and Sea Nation into Poland, the Czech Republic, and Russia.

In a deal with Digitalb and TelmaTV, which serves Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bosnia, Breakthrough has sold unscripted and documentary titles including Streets of the World, Sea Nation, Return to Nepal, Cracked and The Truth About Shoplifting. 

Other non-fiction programs selling into the region include Between the Sheets, Diamond Road, Raw Opium, One Ocean, Innovation Nation and Future Medicine.

In Poland, Canal+ Cyfrowsy picked up The Sacred Balance; while the Czech Republic’s Ceska Televize acquired One Ocean; and Chello Central Europe bought Crime Stories, David Rocco’s Amalfi Getaway (pictured above) and David Rocco’s Dolce Vita. 

Russia’s First HDTV picked up Sea Nation; Czech Republic’s FTV Prima picked up factual series Edge of War; Poland’s Polsat acquired My Really Cool Legs and Hollywood’s 10 Best, while Croatia’s RTL landed David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, seasons one through four and its special.

“The terrific support we’ve received throughout Eastern Europe is a great start as we prepare for NATPE East,” said Nat Abraham, president of distribution for Breakthrough Entertainment. “We expect the market to open up opportunities for our new and evergreen properties.”

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