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Extra: Herbalife doc lands theatrical deal, TVF lines up “Aerial Asia”

Herbalife doc lands theatrical distribution Gunpowder & Sky has picked up an investigative documentary about multinational nutritional supplement company Herbalife. The distributor – formerly known as FilmBuff – will give Betting On Zero ...
November 8, 2016

Herbalife doc lands theatrical distribution

Gunpowder & Sky has picked up an investigative documentary about multinational nutritional supplement company Herbalife.

The distributor – formerly known as FilmBuff – will give Betting On Zero a theatrical run in early 2017 and a digital release after that. Directed by Ted Braun (Darfur Now), the film follows hedge fund exec Bill Ackman as he attempts to expose the company as the largest pyramid scheme in history. Herbalife has responded to the accusations contained in the film by creating a website to counter the claims.

The doc world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year and was featured during a segment about multilevel marketing on last weekend’s episode of the HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

TVF International lines up Aerial Asia documentary series

London-based TVF International has teamed with Asian broadcasters on the documentary series Aerial Asia (eight x 60 minutes, pictured). The 4K-shot program will give viewers a bird’s eye-view of major cities, ancient sites and landscapes.

The series got off the ground at MIPCOM 2015 when TVF’s head of Asia Pacific Will Stapley signed a coproduction and distribution agreement with Mountain TV and the Korean Creative Content Agency to produce the 4K doc Korea From Above. That project later sold to broadcasters in India, Brazil and across Europe.

This year, TVF Japan exec Matt Perkins inked a similar deal with Japanese producer Tokyovision to shoot in UHD over Tokyo, Yokohama and other cities. A further four episodes will be produced with Singapore’s Mediacorp and shot in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Novista and Beach House Pictures are producing and the episodes will debut next March on NewsAsia.

Breakthrough to distribute two Pyramid Productions titles

Breakthrough Entertainment has inked a deal with Calgary-based Pyramid Productions to distribute the factual titles The Shocking Truth and Expedition Earth. The Shocking Truth looks at the stories behind murders and paranormal incidents that inspired Hollywood film adaptations. Meanwhile, Expedition Earth is a 4K wildlife series that also has a virtual reality companion module. Breakthrough will handle international distribution for both programs.

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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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