Extra: Smithsonian, ZDF team up for drama doc; Beyond moves more “Fatal Vows”

In today's Extra, Smithsonian and ZDF come on board as co-producers for Urban Canyon's Warrior Women (pictured) and Beyond sells two Canadian-produced series abroad.
June 15, 2016

Smithsonian Networks, ZDF sign on for Urban Canyons’ Warrior Women
UK-based history producer Urban Canyons has brought Smithsonian Networks in the U.S. and ZDF in Germany on board as co-producers for its upcoming drama doc, Warrior Women.

The 3 x 52-minute project, focusing on elite female soldiers from the 5th century to the present day, begins filming this month in locations around the world and will be delivered in HD and 4K in June of 2017.

Nets that have pre-bought the series thus far include Scandinavian pay-TV company MTG; public broadcasters SVT Sweden, SRF Switzerland, ORF Austria and RTV Slovenia; and AMC Iberia and Acht Belgium.

Quintus Media scores pre-sales for Maximus docuseries
Germany’s Quintus Media has brokered pre-sales for content from German indie prodco Maximus Film. Pop science series Evil Knows (6 x 60 minutes), featuring Evil Jared Hasselhoff from rock band Bloodhound Gang, has been pre-sold to France’s RMC D√©couverte.

Meanwhile, Switzerland’s SRF has acquired Giant Constructions – The World’s Most Spectacular Bridges (5 x 60 minutes), currently in production.

Beyond sells more Highway Thru Hell, Fatal Vows
London-based Beyond Distribution has sold the latest seasons of two Canadian-produced series to international broadcasters.

Season four of Highway Thru Hell  (13 x 60 minutes), produced by Great Pacific Media for Discovery Canada, has been picked up by National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Mundo, Weather Channel U.S. and Foxtel Australia.

Meanwhile, season four of Fatal Vows (13 x 60 minutes), produced by CMJ Productions II for ID, has been acquired by Foxtel Australia and Mediaset Spain.

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