Extra: Talpa links with Zhejiang, Runham joins TCB

In today's 'Extra' wrap, Talpa Media inks a multi-year deal for The Voice of China (pictured), former NGCI exec Claire Runham boards TCB Media Rights, and Autlook acquires three Berlinale selections.
January 29, 2016

Talpa unveils JV, multi-year deal for The Voice of China

ITV-owned Talpa Media has inked a joint venture with Chinese media company Zhejiang Tangde.

Under the deal, the two companies will jointly develop and operate more than 200 variety TV series and formats for the Chinese marketplace, including seasons five through eight of The Voice of China (pictured), worth a reported US$60 million.

Zhejiang Tangde will also commit US$50 million to the JV to be used for the development of local formats.

The first production to broadcast in China under the deal will be celebrity dance competition Dance Dance Dance, which will feature augmented reality technology.

TCB names acquisitions exec, sends U.S. titles abroad

London-based distributor TCB Media Rights has named former National Geographic Channels International exec Claire Runham as acquisitions and sales executive. In the new role, she will be tasked with overseeing the company’s relationships with its growing stable of producers.

The distributor has also inked a raft of international sales for three U.S. series. Two seasons from Reelz’ Murder Made Me Famous (12 x 60 minutes; AMS Pictures), examining the psychology behind infamous killers, have been acquired by UKTV, CBS Reality Poland and Digicast Italy with other major broadcasters also close to licensing the series.

Reelz’ Copycat Killers (13 x 60 minutes; Story House Productions), which explores Hollywood films inspired by true crimes, has been sold to Investigation Discovery across the UK and the Nordic territories, as well as Foxtel Australia.

Meanwhile, Discovery International and MTG World (Nordic and CEE) have pre-bought season two of Supercar Superbuild (8 x 60 minutes; Cry Havoc Productions), looking at the creative vision and engineering feats behind “ultimate automotive fantasies.”

Autlook takes three Berlinale selections

Austrian distributor Autlook Filmsales has picked up the rights to three Berlinale selections, including the international rights to Jan Gassmann’s Panorama Dokumente selection Europe, She Loves, focused on the intimate lives of four European couples; and Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s Homo Sapien, the final instalment of a trilogy of films that includes 2006′s Our Daily Bread and 2014′s Abendland.

Homo Sapien, which screens as part of the Forum section, is produced by Geyrhalter Filmproduktion, with support from The Austrian Filmfund.

The Vienna-based company has also acquired the exclusive Israeli rights to the Heymann Brothers Films-made documentary Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, following the redemption story of an HIV-positive Israeli man rejected by his community. Produced in partnership with ARTE and Breaking Productions with the support of the BFI, the film will screen as part of the Panorama Dokumente.

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