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TCB Media Rights expands into Asia

London-based distributor TCB Media Rights has made 80 hours of sales into Asia, including its first package deal with National Geographic Channels Asia. (Pictured: Dog Patrol)
December 3, 2014

London-based distributor TCB Media Rights has made 80 hours of sales into Asia, including its first package deal with National Geographic Channels (NGC) Asia.

NGC has picked up three titles for its main feed in Southeast Asia, North and East Africa and the Middle East, including the Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder-produced working dog series Dog Patrol (pictured; 40 x 30 minutes) and the Lambent Productions and Group M Entertainment-made extreme pet owners doc Pet Hoarders (1 x 60 minutes). The third title is Arrow Media’s dangerous buildings program World’s Most Extreme (6 x 60 minutes), which has also been licensed for NGC’s main feed in India.

Meanwhile, other deals in Asia include Discovery Asia’s acquisition of Snap TV’s Ainsley Eats the Streets (10 x 60 minutes) – in which TV chef Ainsley Harriot explores back-street food traditions around the world – and TVB Hong Kong’s purchase of seasons eight and nine of Australian lifeguard series Bondi Rescue.

Elsewhere, the distributor has secured a number of deals with China. LIC China has signed on for Pet Hoarders (1 x 60 minutes), Mega Food (6 x 60 minutes), Australia’s Deadliest (12 x 30 minutes) and Shark Coast (1 x 60 minutes); China International TV Corporation has acquired The Passenger Who Landed a Plane (1 x 60 minutes) and 747: The Jumbo Revolution (1 x 60 minutes); and Happy Movie Media has licensed Nurses (6 x 60 minutes) for state broadcaster CCTV.

Finally, deals with Japan include Middlechild Productions’ doc Hercules: The Human Bear - which is headed to NTV through a deal with Intervision International – while NHK Japan has licensed the Furneaux Edgar and Group M-made Holocaust doc Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine.

“Asia is one of the most vibrant content markets in the world and an increasingly important focus for TCB Media Rights,” said Mem Bakar, the TCB Media Rights sales manager who brokered the deals, in a statement. “These deals with some of the region’s key players bring us a step closer to our ambition of providing Asian audiences with great, family-friendly content that entertains, informs and amuses.”

 

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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