UK distributor DCD Rights has penned a number of international sales for series such as Bang Goes The Theory (pictured) and Pain Pus & Poison, acquired earlier this year from Britain’s Open University.
In April, the distributor secured a deal with the distance and research university – which also develops radio and television programming – for more than 188 hours of BBC-produced content and a further 40 hours of programming over two years.
Discovery Networks Europe, Middle East and Africa picked up the BBC One science series Bang Goes the Theory, while Australia’s Foxtel, The Netherlands’ NPO, Histoire in French-speaking Europe and Africa, and BBC Worldwide Asia and Australia each acquired large slates of original Open University series such as The Quest For Bannockburn, Pain Pus & Poison, Empire and Town with Nicholas Crane.
Meanwhile, Open University titles that will be available at MIPCOM are Photographing Africa With Harry Hook, in which the photographer turns his lens on the continent’s changing cultural landscapes, and a number of documentaries marking the centenary of World War I, including The Great War Begins, The Machine Gun & Skye’s Band Of Brothers and Brothers In Arms: The Pals Army Of World War I.
“The broad scope and thought-provoking nature of Open University programming means it has strong appeal for a wide spectrum of international broadcasters,” said Nicky Davies Williams, CEO at DCD Rights, in a statement.
“These series are versatile and can stand alone in peak time or create a focused strand,” added the exec. “We are very pleased to have a continual flow of high-quality factual series joining our catalog and are delighted to offer our clients a new line-up at MIPCOM next month – in particular, one of the most definitive collections of [World War I] documentaries available to commemorate the Great War’s centenary.”