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Passion sends “Prospectors,” “Timber Kings” abroad

London-based distributor Passion Distribution has inked a raft of deals that will see titles from its fact-ent and true crime catalog heading to international broadcasters across Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. (Pictured: High Noon's Prospectors)
April 18, 2016

London-based Passion Distribution has inked a raft of deals that will see titles from its fact-ent and true crime catalog heading to international broadcasters across Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia.

In Italy, Discovery Networks Southern Europe has acquired more than 60 hours of content, including seasons two and three of the High Noon Entertainment-produced Prospectors (19 x 60 minutes) and the Peacock Productions-made Weather Gone Viral (8 x 60 minutes). From Passion’s true crime slate, Discovery has taken Mail Order Murder (6 x 30 minutes), seasons one and two of Stalked (22 x 30 minutes), seasons one and two of Frenemies (23 x 30 and 1 x 60 minutes), as well as such hour-long documentary titles as Escorts and The Rarest Boy in the World.

France’s RMC Découverte has picked up a package of more than 65 hours of programming, including seasons one through four of Prospectors (29 x 60 minutes and 9 x 30 minutes), seasons one to two of Klondike Gold Fever (2 x 60 minutes) and season three of Timber Kings (12 x 60 minutes). Also in France, AB Group has obtained 3 Scientists Walk into a Bar (8 x 60 minutes) while TFI has taken Tornado Alley (12 x 60 minutes) for the Ushuaia Channel.

BBC Worldwide, meanwhile, has acquired seasons one and two of Fat Guys in the Woods (16 x 60 minutes) as well as Heli-Loggers (10 x 60 minutes) for Poland’s BBC Brit channel. The commercial arm of the UK pubcaster has also licensed season 12 of Traffic Cops (5 x 60 minutes) for BBC Brit in Africa, as well as all seasons of Traffic Cops for UKTV in New Zealand.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has taken a number of hour-long true crime titles for its True Crime Channel in the UK, including The Batman Shootings; Captive For 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story; Stacey Dooley: Beaten By My Boyfriend; Cutting Edge: The Black Widow; Wife, Mom & Bounty Hunter; Why Did Oscar Pistrorius Kill Our Daughter?; and The Cleveland Captives: What Really Happened?.

Outside of Europe, Passion has sent season two of The Mind of a Murderer (6 x 60 minutes) as well as docu-drama Dead of Winter: The Donner Party (2 x 60 minutes or 1 x 120 minutes) to Foxtel in Australia. In Southeast Asia, True Thailand has acquired season two of Timber Kings (14 x 60 minutes) while the Philippines’ ABS-CBN has licensed the hour-long docs Rich Kids of Social Media, Charlie Hebdo: 3 Days of Terror and Unreported World.

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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