Extra: BBC orders “Art Detectives,” ATF Formats Pitch opens

In today's 'Extra,' BBC4 orders Tern TV's Art Detectives, hosted by Jacky Klein (left) and Bendor Grosvenor (right), while producer-distributor Boulder Creek International inks global sales and the inaugural ATF Formats Pitch opens its call for entries.
May 19, 2016

BBC4 searches for undiscovered art treasures

British pubcaster BBC4 has commissioned formatted arts series The Art Detectives (3 x 60 minutes) from UK indie Tern TV.

The series follows historian and art dealer Dr. Bendor Grosvenor (pictured, right) and art historian Jacky Klein (left) as they scour museums, great houses and galleries across the country in search of lost and hidden public paintings. A specialist conservation team will use cutting edge technology to restore found pieces, while providing clues for the presenters to identify the works of art before they’re valued and re-hung in museums for the public to enjoy.

The Art Detectives is exec produced by BBC’s Emma Cahusac alongside Tern’s Ishbel MacDonald, Brendan Hughes and Harry Bell. It is produced and directed by Spike Geilinger and was commissioned by BBC4′s Mark Bell.

Boulder Creek inks international sales

London-based producer-distributor Boulder Creek International has secured a raft of international licensing deals. Southeast Asian SVOD platform iflix has secured 54 hours of content including documentaries This is Exile: Diaries of Child Refugees, Learning to Breathe, Gary Lineker: On The Road to FA Cup Glory and in-house production Wild Spirits. The content will be made available in territories across Asia including Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

New Zealand’s TVNZ, meanwhile, has taken 40 hours of content for its male-skewing channel Duke, including such series from Go Big Productions as Lift Off (13 x 30 minutes), Losing Traction (13 x 30 minutes), Maverick Moments (13 x 30 minutes), Boss Lady and Highlining California.

Peter Dunits, Boulder Creek sales manager, brokered the deal with TVNZ, while Pamela Martinez Martinez, the company’s senior sales exec, handled the iflix deal.

Entries open for first ATF Formats Pitch 

The inaugural ATF Formats Pitch, taking place in Singapore on December 8 as part of the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF), has opened its call for entries. The competition is open to all creators and producers across Asia to present their original non-scripted entertainment formats to leading format professionals, producers and commissioning editors. It is backed by UK distributor All3Media International, which will work with ATF organizers to seek out non-scripted entertainment formats from across the pan-Asian region to develop and partner for distribution.

The winning pitch will receive a S$20,000 (US$14,500) prize, comprising of $3,500 in cash and a consultancy package worth $16,500 to develop their format for broadcasters. Additionally, All3Media International will offer the winner consultancy advice and support. The 17th annual ATF will take place in Singapore from December 6 to 9. Submissions for entry are open now on ATF’s website.

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