Extra: Deals for Cineflix Rights, Electus Int’l; Discop Istanbul 2017 canceled

In today's 'Extra,' Cineflix Rights inks deals with a raft of pan-African broadcasters for series including Mayday: Air Disaster (pictured), while Electus International has secured the global distribution rights to Critical Content's Home Free, season two.
June 17, 2016

Cineflix Rights closes multiple deals with African broadcasters

International distributor Cineflix Rights has inked a raft of deals with pan-African broadcasters for more than 200 hours of programming.

South African broadcaster ETV has acquired seasons three through 14 of the Cineflix Productions-made docu-drama Mayday: Air Disaster (82 x 60 minutes; pictured); season one and three through eight of crime docuseries Unusual Suspects (91 x 60 minutes; LMNO Productions); and seasons one and two of investigative series Last Seen Alive (6 x 60 minutes; Cineflix Productions).

Home Channel South Africa, meanwhile, has taken seasons 11 and 12 of real estate series Property Virgins (32 x 30 minutes; Cineflix Productions) and seasons one and two of Buy It! Fix It! Sell It! (20 x 30 minutes; Frantic Films).

The deals were secured by Cineflix’s Lucy Rawson, sales manager of Africa, CEE, Middle East, and Southern Mediterranean.

Electus secures global distribution for Home Free

IAC-owned distributor Electus International has taken the global rights to the sophomore season of Critical Content’s dream home competition series Home Free, a series hosted by contractor Mike Holmes and former NFLer Tim Tebow.

In addition, the distributor has sent the first season of the series into more than 75 countries globally, including Australia’s Foxtel, Norway’s TVNorge AS, Discovery Denmark, Sweden’s SBS Discovery, Poland’s Polsat, Canada’s Corus Entertainment and Groupe TVA, Discovery Latin America, Portugal’s SIC, New Zealand’s TVNZ, and NBCU Global Networks in Asia.

The series is exec produced by Tom Forman, George Verschoor, Brad Bishop, Jon Beyer, Andrew Marcus and Holmes.

Organizers cancel Discop Istanbul 2017
Basic Lead, the Los Angeles-based organizers of the Discop Istanbul market and conference, have pulled the 2017 edition due to security concerns for the region. Attendance for the 2016 edition last March was down, and in a statement, Basic Lead GM Patrick Zuchowicki said: “Four months into the preparations of next year’s edition, we still don’t have a clear indication that the overall perception of these tensions and security issues will improve in the following months.”

The event has been held in the Turkish capital since 2008. Basic Lead says it intends to have it return for 2018. The company recently announced the launch of Discop Dubai, slated for January 29-31, 2017.

(With files by Barry Walsh)

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