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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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