Blue Ant Int’l inks 4K sales
Toronto-based distributor Blue Ant International has sold more than 300 hours of Ultra HD programming to broadcasters across Asia and Western Europe.
The sales house has secured a two-year deal for 240 hours of 4K natural history content to AB Groupe for Ultra Nature in France. Under the deal, Blue Ant will deliver 200 hours of documentaries and 40 hours of wildlife and nature scenes.
Germany’s Autentic GmbH has acquired 4Kseries Nomads of the Serengeti (5 x 60 minutes), which follows veteran safari guide Jean Du Plessis through the Serengeti with migrating wildebeest.
In Hong Kong, Le TV has picked up 20 hours of UHD television, including The Big Feed (13 x 30 minutes), while Now TV has taken more than 60 hours of content, including 4K series Kenya Wildlife Diaries (6 x 60 minutes); Undiscovered Vistas (14 x 60 minutes), Extreme Africa (6 x 60 minutes; pictured) and Mysteries Of Evolution (6 x 30 minutes).
Streaming service Amazon Prime Video in Japan, meanwhile, has acquired four 4K series from Blue Ant International, including Great Parks of Africa (6 x 60 minutes), which illustrates the diversity of the continent’s parks; and Africa’s Wild Horizons (6 x 60 minutes), about a journey across the Serengeti to the Ruaha National Park.
Dogwoof sells Chasing Asylum, Forever Pure
Chasing Asylum, detailing Australia’s detention camps in Nauru,has been sold to BBC Storyville, Sweden’s SVT, Denmark’s DR, Switzerland’s RTS, Japan’s NHK, HBO Europe, Israel’s Channel 8 and Finland’s YLE.
Forever Pure, following an Israeli soccer team after the signing of two Muslim players, has been acquired by Sweden’s SVT and the Netherlands’ VPRO.
Elsewhere, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s Sundance-winning Weiner is headed to BBC Storyville, ZDF Arte, and South Korea’s EBS, while Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato‘s Emmy-nominated Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures has been picked up by HBO Latin America and BBC Imagine.
Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated has been taken byBBC Storyville, Canal Plus Spain and DBS Israel; Jeff Feuerzeig‘s Author: The JT LeRoy Story was acquired by BBC Storyville, Canal Plus Spain and Channel 8 Israel; Alma Har’el‘s LoveTrue was picked up by Channel 8 Israel; and Robert Greene‘s Kate Plays Christine was sold to Portugal’s IndieLisboa and AMC Global in MENA, Latin America and French-speaking Europe.
Louise Osmond’s Versus: The Life And Films Of Ken Loach was acquired by Switzerland’s RSI and Spain’s Canal Plus; Louis Black and Karen Bernstein’s Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny is off to AVRO in the Netherlands and RUV in Iceland; Marc Silver’s 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets sold to Poland’s Polsat, France’s Planete, Iceland’s RUV and Finland’s YLE; and Amber Fares‘ Speed Sisters was acquired by Imagination in MENA and Czech TV.
Pre-sales have been secured on Randall Wood’s Mission Rubberman with CBC, RDI, Knowledge and VPRO joining seven other broadcasters already on board, while controversial Beluga doc Born to be Free from Gayan Petrosyanpre-sold to ZDF Arte, Sweden’s SVT and Israel’s Channel 8.
Cinephil moves A German Life globally
Tel Aviv-based international sales agency Cinephil has sent Christian Krönes’ A German Life, about a 105-year-old who was a personal secretary and stenographer to Joseph Goebbels, to the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Deals have been closed with Bond360 (U.S./Canada); Salzgeber (Germany); Polyfilm (Austria); Agora Films (Switzerland); Atlantis Entertainment (Czech Republic/Slovakia); Cirko Film (Hungary); Feltrinelli Editore (Italy); and Camera Film (Denmark).
Twofour Group deals This Time Next Year
ITV-owned Twofour Group has inked a raft of commissions for feel-good original format This Time Next Year.
In anticipation of the series launch on UK commercial broadcaster ITV this fall, adaptations are currently under way in the U.S., Australia, Germany and Denmark with five further European territories in production on localized versions.
Premiere’s across Australia’s Channel 9, RTL Germany and TV2 Denmark will follow.
The format spotlights ordinary individuals as they undertake a life-altering transformation over the course of 12 months. Contestants will tell viewers what they aim to change about themselves by “this time next year.”