Extra: FMI takes “Serena,” Channel 5 orders “Penguin”

In today's 'Extra' wrap, FMI acquires the international distribution rights to Film45's Serena (pictured), Channel 5 picks up a penguin special from Remedy Productions, and RTÉ sends its Easter Rising docuseries abroad.
March 10, 2016

FremantleMedia International takes center court with “Serena”

Global distributor FremantleMedia International has acquired the international distribution rights to the Film45-made documentary Serena (pictured), on tennis player Serena Williams. The 120-minute film, which is exec produced by Peter Berg, will provide an insightful look into the off-court life of the 21-time Grand Slam singles champion throughout the 2015-2016 season.

Channel 5 orders penguin special from Remedy

UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 has ordered the two-part fact-ent special Penguin A&E from Argonon-owned indie Remedy Productions. Narrated by British TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, the hour-long films are to feature the SANCCOB Western Cape Centre, or Penguin Hospital, as specialist emergency response units are deployed throughout Africa, the Indian Ocean, Antarctica and the Subantarctic to save and rehabilitate African penguins and other threatened seabirds. The special was commissioned by Greg Barnett, Channel 5′s commissioning editor for entertainment, daytime and soaps.

RTÉ secures multiple deals for “1916″ docuseries

Ireland’s RTÉ has sent RTÉ One’s three-part docuseries 1916, which examines the six-day Easter Rising to end British rule in Ireland, to major international broadcasters and Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus. Narrated by actor Liam Neeson and produced by COCO Television, the series has been acquired by BBC4 in the UK, SBS in Australia, TF1 Histoire in France, TVE in Spain, DR in Denmark and PBS in the U.S. The series was created by Briona Nic Dhiarmada for the Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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