Extra: Germany finds “Heroes,” Netflix buys “White House”

In today's 'Extra,' Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats sends docureality series Local Heroes (pictured) to Germany, while London-based sales house DRG secures a raft of sales for the Kevin Spacey-narrated docuseries Race to the White House.
July 21, 2016

Germany finds Armoza’s “Local Heroes” 

German pubcaster ARD has commissioned a local adaptation of docureality series Local Heroes (pictured) from Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats.

The hour-long series provides an in-depth look into a city’s defence teams by chronicling the daily lives of firefighters, paramedics, bomb squads and drug task forces.

The German version of the format will enter production next month with SEO Entertainment slated to produce. It will air across ARD’s WDR channel in the primetime slot.

The series was previously licensed to Belgium’s VTM, which will air a sophomore season in September. Austria’s ProSiebenSat.1 also licensed the Belgian ready-made series for PULS 4.

DRG secures sales for “White House”

London-based distributor DRG has inked a raft of deals for the Kevin Spacey-narrated docuseries Race for the White House. Netflix has picked up global rights for the program, excluding the U.S. Other buyers include Australia’s Foxtel, Norway’s NRK, Denmark’s DR, Germany’s Kabel Eins Doku, Israel’s Channel 8, Gibraltar Broadcasting Company and Odisea/Odisseia for AMC Networks International Iberia.

The 6 x 60-minute CNN Original Series uses rare archive footage, interviews and stylized dramatizations to tell the story of one race to become President of the United States and its impact on modern-day politics. The series will chronicle such presidential campaigns as the 1960 John F. Kennedy vs. Richard Nixon race and the 1992 Bill Clinton vs. George H.W. Bush race. Pacey and Dana Brunetti serve as executive producers on the series.

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