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FremantleMedia Int’l acquires Arrow’s “Burma,” “Everest”

Global distributor FremantleMedia International has acquired the international distribution rights to Operation Burma and Nightmare on Everest (pictured) from UK indie Arrow Media.
January 31, 2016

Global distributor FremantleMedia International (FMI) has acquired the international distribution rights to Operation Burma and Nightmare on Everest (pictured) from UK indie Arrow Media. 

The 2 x 60-minute Operation Burma, which was originally commissioned for BBC2, follows Touching the Void mountaineer Joe Simpson and survival expert Ed Stafford as they set out on a 160-mile (257 km) journey through the Burmese countryside to retrace the steps of Simpson’s father as part of British India’s second Chindit “Special Forces” campaign against the Japanese more than 70 years ago. Nick Metcalfe serves as executive producer.

Meanwhile, the hour-long Nightmare on Everest recounts the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled the Himalayas in spring 2015, in which 18 mountaineers were killed. The doc will interweave user-generated content with first-hand stories and CGI to capture the full impact of the natural disaster that sparked a series of avalanches on Mount Everest. The film was initially commissioned by UK pubcaster Channel 4.

Other Arrow Media titles represented by FMI include the hidden camera series Dogs: Their Secret Lives, which has been sold into 43 territories; and the tentatively titled six-part docuseries Hitler: The Biography, which has several pending deals across global territories.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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