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Sales round-up: deals for “Robot Wars,” “Ziggy Stardust”

The rebooted version of BBC’s Robot Wars will air in more than 90 territories. Passion Distribution has sold the series (six x 60 minutes), which was recently renewed for a second ...
October 12, 2016

The rebooted version of BBC’s Robot Wars will air in more than 90 territories. Passion Distribution has sold the series (six x 60 minutes), which was recently renewed for a second season, to Viasat’s Explore channel in Central and Eastern Europe, while BBC Worldwide has acquired the show for Africa and Sky New Zealand has picked it up to air on its Prime network.

The entertainment series first aired from 1998 to 2004 and was revived earlier this year. The show follows teams of amateur robot designers fighting competing machines in timed rounds within a bulletproof arena. Previously, ProSiebenSat.1 TV acquired the show for Germany and Manoto TV picked it up in Iran.

Meanwhile, London-based DCD Rights has sold music titles to several broadcasters head of MIPCOM.

Channel 8 in Israel, Globosat in Brazil, VH1 in the U.S., Sky TV in New Zealand, Channel One Russia in and Rai 5 in Italy have picked up the BB2 special David Gilmour: Wider Horizons (one x 75 minutes), which was produced by David Gilmour Music to coincide with the Pink Floyd rocker’s fourth solo album, Rattle That Lock. Euro Communications and Emirates have also acquired the in-flight rights.

In the wake of David Bowie’s (pictured) death earlier this year, the remastered version of David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust (one x 86 minutes) has been acquired by YLE in Finland, ARTE in France and Germany and AXS TV in North America. The classic concert doc was originally shot in 1973 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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