Gusto sends One World Kitchen abroad
Canadian producer-distributor Gusto Worldwide Media has secured sales for in-house produced series One World Kitchen (30 x 30 minutes, 120 webisodes; pictured) to Discovery Communications-owned, free-to-air food channel Fatafeat TV in the Middle East, covering 21 Arabic countries, as well as Greek digital satellite pay-TV platform Nova. The Ultra HD 4K culinary series stars five female cooks with five global perspectives, including Thai, Indian, Argentinian, Japanese and Italian.
Channel 4 Education strips bare
Channel 4 Education in the UK has ordered the six-part short-form series Stripped Bare from Brighton-based prodco Factory Films. The series, which will broadcast across All 4 Shorts, will look at how individuals alter their appearance, often with makeup, to present what they feel is their true representation to the world. Filmed via a two-way mirror, the series will showcase an albino punk; a transgender woman; a girl suffering from anxiety; a teen with alopecia; an overweight woman turned “vintage vamp”; and a drag queen. Stripped Bare was commissioned by C4 Education commissioning editor Emily Jones and is directed by Julie Heathcote. It marks Factory Films’ third commission for Channel 4, following online documentaries Shooting the Migrants and Gay Sex, Apps and Me.
Zed, Mona Lisa Productions ink distribution deal
French producer-distributor Zed has signed a framework distribution agreement with Lyon-based prodco Mona Lisa. Under the deal, Zed will handle the international distribution of Mona Lisa’s recent catalog of 80-plus hours of documentary, including Urine Superpowers (52 minutes), Life in Hell (4 x 52 minutes) and Aliens of the Amazon (2 x 52 minutes).