Shine Int’l inks first-look deal with Barcroft

The deal gives the Shine Group's sales and distribution arm first look at the shows the UK-based factual producer has in development, and distribution rights for one-hour special Pistorius Trial: The Key Questions (pictured).
August 8, 2013

Distributor Shine International has signed a first-look development and distribution deal with UK indie Barcroft Productions.

The deal gives the Shine Group’s sales and distribution arm first look at the shows the company has in development. The first Barcroft title Shine will distribute is Pistorius Trial: The Key Questions (pictured above), a one-hour special hosted by two South African lawyers that examines the murder charges facing the gold medal-winning Olympic runner.

The UK-based factual producer’s catalog also includes Megafamilies for National Geographic Channel in the U.S., 600lb Mum: Race Against Time for TLC, and Help! I’m 16 But Look 60 for Channel 5.

The partnership was announced and brokered by Barcroft founder Sam Barcroft and Shine International director of acquisitions Georgia Brown.

“Barcroft Productions has an enviable slate of genre defining content,” Brown said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be working with such a dynamic and passionate team, helping maximize the value of their slate internationally.”

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