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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.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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