Extra: Italy takes “Dance”; Audio Network bags Gerhartz

In today's 'Extra' wrap, Talpa Media sends Dance Dance Dance (pictured) to Italy, former Red Arrow exec Tim Gerhartz joins Audio Network and Caroline Tyre boards Breakthrough Entertainment.
September 15, 2016

Italy grooves to Talpa’s Dance

Talpa Media has sent its multi-screen celebrity dance format to Fox Networks Group Italy’s channel Fox Life.

Dance Dance Dance (pictured), which is to air in Italy later this year, features celebrities re-enacting iconic dance performances with augmented reality technology to mimic the original setting and moves.

The series was launched at last year’s MIPCOM market. It currently broadcasts across Germany’s RTL and the Netherlands’ RTL4, with further adaptations coming to the UK and China.

Audio Network appoints Red Arrow VP to sales role

Indie music company Audio Network has named former Red Arrow distribution exec Tim Gerhartz to the role of head of sales and business development for the German, Austrian and Swiss (DACH) regions.

Gerhartz joins Audio Network from Red Arrow where he most recently served as VP of sales and acquisitions for the UK, Scandinavia, Italy and Benelux. Prior to this, he worked for ZDF Enterprises.

Based in Munich, he will now be responsible for increasing demand for high quality music in the region as the firm looks to expand internationally. He reports into Nick Woollard, director of global sales operations in London.

Breakthrough expands with sales and acquisitions exec

Toronto-based production and distribution firm Breakthrough Entertainment has bolstered its sales team with the appointment of Caroline Tyre to the post of senior director of international sales and acquisitions.

Reporting to Craig McGillivray, VP of distribution, Tyre will be tasked with overseeing the sales of the studio’s premium content in Europe, Oceania and South America.

She has previously held sales and acquisitions positions at Entertainment One, DHX Media, CBC and Teletoon.

Cargo secures global and international sales deals

New York-based documentary sales agent Cargo Film & Releasing has secured the global distribution rights to Max Lewkowicz‘s Fiddler and the Victor Kanefsky-directed Art Bastard.

Produced by Dog Green Productions, Fiddler chronicles the birth and life of one of the most iconic Broadway musicals: The Fiddler on the Roof. Kanefsky’s Art Bastard, meanwhile, serves as an alternate history of modern art while recounting the prolific career of American artist Robert Cenedella.

Cargo has also picked up international distribution rights to Luke Meyer‘s Breaking a Monster, which premiered at last year’s SXSW. The film follows three African-American kids from Brooklyn who spend their weekends playing metal in Times Square before signing a US$1.8 million record deal with Sony.

The deals were negotiated by Cargo Film & Releasing’s David Piperni and Steven C. Beer of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo for Art Bastard; producer Valerie Thomas for Fiddler; and producer Tom Davis of SeeThink Films for Breaking a Monster.

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