U.S. producer-distributor Janson Media has acquired more than 500 hours of content from Australian indie Switch International.
Among the 54 television series covered by the agreement are Switch International’s titles in the lifestyle, science and technology, fashion, sports, war history and aviation genres. The rights acquired by Janson primarily encompass digital rights in North America.
The agreement also includes physical DVD distribution rights in the United States and Canada to the Switch collection Unauthorized Stories, which includes biographies of celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Madonna, Nelson Mandela, Clint Eastwood, Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali and Tiger Woods. Rock documentary portraits in the deal include Rolling Stones: Rock of Ages, The Beatles: Parting Ways and U2: A Rock Crusade.
The deal was negotiated by Jesse Janson, director of acquisitions and digital media at Janson Media, and Sophie Miller, international business manager handling Switch International’s North American markets.
“We have been familiar with Switch International for the many years they were building their library under the name Worldwide Entertainment,” said Jesse Janson. “We have been looking for a large library to feed our digital pipeline, and are very happy to have finalized an agreement with Switch after about six months of discussions.”
“We know our content fits extremely well into the rapidly expanding digital market,” added Miller.
Janson plans to roll out the series content onto digital platforms in the United States starting in the fourth quarter of this year. DVD releases will commence in the first quarter of 2014.