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Sales round-up: Sky Vision, Electus Int’l, First Hand Films

Electus International and First Hand Films have both penned deals for non-fiction titles with international broadcasters, while UK-based Sky Vision is looking to expand its presence in Latin America. (Pictured: Death - A Series about Life)
May 5, 2014

Electus International and First Hand Films have both penned deals for non-fiction titles with international broadcasters, while UK-based Sky Vision is looking to expand its presence in Latin America.

Electus has partnered with Russia’s YBW group to produce 15 episodes of Food Fighters, with a first season of the show set to air on CTC in Russia through June of this year.

The show, hosted by Man v. Food‘s Adam Richman, gives amateur cooks the chance to test their skills against professional chefs.

Meanwhile, Swiss-based First Hand Films has penned deals with networks in Sweden, Spain, Holland, Russia and Israel.

In Sweden, UR has acquired Death – A Series about Life (5 x 52-minutes, pictured above); Contact (10 x 26-minutes); In 80 Trains Around the World (39 x 26-minutes); and Project Wild Thing (1 x 54-minutes); while Canal+ in Spain has acquired 1711 Videos – Trespassing Bergman (6 x 45-minutes) and the feature doc Trespassing Bergman (1 x 107-minutes).

Joint Entertainment International also acquired the latter title, while Contact was also sold to AVRO in the Netherlands and NCN-Media in Russia. NCN also took Death – A Series About Life.

Finally, UK-based Sky Vision, the international distribution arm of broadcaster Sky, is to increase its presence in Latin America, Iberia and Italy with the appointment of sales consultants in these territories.

Simona Garibaldi will serve as senior sales consultant for Italian Speaking Europe, while Stefan Schmitz and Andres Zamora will be senior sales consultant and sales consultant respectively for Latin America and Iberia.

Recent sales deals for Sky Vision in these territories have included two natural history series commissioned by Sky, featuring Sir David Attenborough. Galapagos (4 x 60-minutes) was acquired by Italy’s Rai 1, while Kingdom of Plants (4 x 60-minutes) was secured by Spanish documentary channel Odisea.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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