Extra: Passion, DRG sales; MTG rebrands as Viasat World

In today's 'Extra,' Passion Distribution sends lifestyle and entertainment series abroad, DRG sells its nature and wildlife programs to international broadcasters and MTG World rebrands. (Pictured: Charlie Luxton's Homes by the Med)
May 9, 2016

Passion Distribution inks global sales for entertainment, lifestyle

London-based Passion Distribution has sent entertainment and lifestyle series to a raft of international broadcasters. Australia’s Foxtel has taken the True North Productions-made lifestyle brands Charlie Luxton’s Homes by the Med (6 x 60 minutes), in which the architectural designer searches for unusual homes by the Mediterranean; and season three of Charlie Luxton’s Homes by the Sea (6 x 60 minutes). Foxtel Arts, meanwhile, has also licensed season two of Behind the Story with the Paley Center (6 x 60 minutes).

Elsewhere, Sky Italia has acquired a package of more than 60 hours of programming that includes the Michael Levitt Productions-made Skin Wars (10 x 60 minutes, season three); Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (9 x 60 minutes); seasons one and two of Mentorn Media’s Make You Laugh Out Loud; and Popkorn TV’s 60-minute documentary Rich Kids of Social Media.

Skin Wars: Fresh Paint and Skin Wars season two have also been acquired by Thailand’s True Visions, while the Philippines’ ABS CBN has taken Rich Kids of Social Media. In Sweden, TV4 has picked up season two of Make You Laugh Out Loud.

MTG World becomes Viasat World

MTG World, which split from Scandinavian media company Modern Times Group last October, has rebranded itself to Viasat World to better align with its corporate and consumer brands. Founded in 2003, Viasat World and its international partners produce and distribute 27 pay-TV channels to 47 countries across Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS, Turkey, Africa, Israel and the U.S. Its content ranges from history and fact-ent to movies and TV series across the linear and digital spaces. Viasat World includes such international entertainment brands as Viasat Explore, Viasat Nature and Viasat History.

DRG sends wildlife shows worldwide

British distributor DRG has inked a number of international sales for its nature and wildlife programming. Thailand’s Next Step Television and AMC Spain have acquired Baby Animals in the Wild (10 x 60 minutes) and follow up series Baby Animals in Our World (10 x 60 minutes).

Discovery Australia has secured a deal for Baby Animals in the Wild. National Geographic in Latin America and Asia have also secured a deal for the series, while China’s LIC is scheduled to air the series later this year.

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