TVF Int’l sells 300 hours into Asia

London-based documentary distributor TVF International has sold titles including The Real Sherlock Holmes to broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific region, with new titles including Street Hospital (pictured) set to debut at ATF.
November 29, 2013

London-based documentary distributor TVF International has sold titles including The Real Sherlock Holmes and Secrets of the Universe to broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific region.

Japan’s NHK has picked up specials including Ice Sweat and Tears, The Real Sherlock Holmes and Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams.

Also in Japan, NTV acquired Transgender Kids, History Channels in Japan and India picked up Special Forces, and the latter also acquired Holy Switch.

Australia Network also picked up the religious reality series Holy Switch for pan-Asia.

In China, Discovery acquired a package of specials and series, including How To Look at a Painting, as CCTV acquired The Real Inglorious Bastards and Classic Car Rescue.

LIC licensed celebrity biography series The Changing Face of…, and Lens Media took a 35-hour package of arts and lifestyle content with titles including Art of the Night and Prison Families. 

South Korea’s Dream N Company has licensed history docs, OBS and Local MBC have picked up a package of aerial titles, and both series of The World’s Festivals have gone to CNC.

In Thailand, True Visions has acquired 50 hours of travel, lifestyle and history titles.

Pan-Asian deals include the Asian Food Channel taking on Get Fresh With Al Brown; TVBI taking Chasing Happiness and Freddie Flintoff Vs the World; and Discovery Asia buying Secrets of the Universe and The World From Above series five.

Over in Australia and New Zealand, Foxtel has acquired 40 hours, including one-offs Love & Sex in an Age of Pornography and Living Dolls.

SBS has licensed BBC titles Art of the Night, Johnny Kingdom and the Bears of Alaska and Flying Scotsman: A Rail Romance, while Discovery Australia acquired trucking highway show Road Madness.

Sky Arts New Zealand bought arts titles including The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women and another package of Grayson Perry titles, including All in the Best Possible Taste.

The distributor will also be launching new titles at ATF, including Street Hospital (pictured above), a 10 x 23-minute series following a paramedic team on Wellington, New Zealand’s busiest party street; lifestyle series The Food Detectives; and environmental science series e² water, narrated by Brad Pitt.

“TVF have a continuing demand from Asia-Pacific buyers for high-end specialist factual, especially for topical subjects relating to events such as the Olympics, TV drama releases and trends in the region,” said Will Stapley, TVF’s senior sales executive for Asia-Pacific.

“We also have several entertainment and lifestyle series which are very popular in Asia, and are looking forward to bringing a range of such new shows to the market at ATF.”

About The Author
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.