Extra: Netflix takes “Asperger’s,” deals for “Marry Me Now”

In today's 'Extra' wrap, Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to Alex Lehmann's Asperger's Are Us (pictured), while Inverleigh names its European GM and Armoza Formats sends Marry Me Now abroad.
March 14, 2016

Netflix acquires “Asperger’s Are Us”

SVOD service Netflix has picked up the worldwide rights to Alex Lehmann’s Asperger’s Are Us (pictured), according to multiple media reports. The film – which was produced by Lehmann, Sean Bradley and Chris Dowling – follows four friends in a special needs comedy troupe as they plan an ambitious farewell show. Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass serve as executive producers. Asperger’s Are Us enjoys its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on Tuesday (March 15).

Armoza’s “Marry Me Now” adds two more countries

Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has sold its fact-ent series Marry Me Now (pictured) to FremantleMedia France and an as-yet-undisclosed party in Australia. The docu-reality format was previously acquired by Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Group and Italy’s Endemol Shine following its January launch at NATPE. Each episode of the 60-minute series follows a different woman as she secretly prepares for a wedding without her groom-to-be’s knowledge and then makes a surprise proposal.

Inverleigh appoints European division GM

International content firm Inverleigh has named Graham Smith, former director of sales at Lagardère Group, as the company’s European GM. Based in London, Smith will lead Inverleigh’s European and African sales teams while developing strategic partnerships across Europe as the company looks to expand within the European sports television industry.

Smith’s appointment follows the recent restructure of Inverleigh’s commercial division and the elevation of Brendon Oliver to GM of Asia, and Humberto Ciffoni to GM of the Americas.

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