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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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