London-based sales house BBC Worldwide has secured a partnership with Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group Company, a division of the Shanghai Media Group, which will see nearly 360 hours of motoring series Top Gear launch exclusively on its BesTV platforms in China.
Chinese audiences will have access to season 24 of the retooled UK automotive series featuring former Friends star Matt LeBlanc (pictured) and all UK specials by early next year. As well, the platform will receive all five seasons of Top Gear USA, six seasons of Top Gear Korea and both seasons of Top Gear China.
BesTV’s IPTV platform, which services 26 million subscribers, will be home to the Top Gear franchise.
Meanwhile, the Vienna-headquartered distributor Autlook Filmsales has acquired three documentaries slated for competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
The sales agent has picked up the international distribution rights to Ramzy Haddad and Rosie Garthwait’s The Workers Cup, documenting the labor camps of Qatar responsible for building stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Austrian distributor has also taken Frankie Fenton’s It’s Not Yet Dark, profiling Irish director Simon Fitzmaurice and his enduring battle with ALS; and Rahul Jain’s Machines, in which the filmmaker journeys into the underbelly of an Indian textile factory for an intimate look at workers’ labor conditions.
Elsewhere, TCB Media Rights will head into this week’s Asia TV Forum and Market (ATF) with a 12-title package deal with Red Apollo Group, an LA-based distributor specializing in Chinese distribution.
Under the deal, Red Apollo has acquired a raft of series and one-off specials including Like A Shot Entertainment’s Medieval Murder Mysteries (6 x 60 minutes) and The Somme: The First 24 Hours (1 x 60 minutes); and Middlechild Productions’ Kitten Impossible (1 x 60 minutes).
Other series picked up in the package deal include Deals Wheels and Steals (6 x 30 minutes; Attaboy TV), Mega-Yachts (1 x 60 minutes; Icon Films), Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords (Brightspark Films/Argonon International), PARA Platoon: Ready For Anything (8 x 30 minutes; Services Sound & Vision), Private Lives of the Tudors (3 x 60 minutes; Like a Shot Entertainment), Scammers (1 x 60 minutes; TVT Productions), Surveillance Dash Cam (6 x 20 minutes; Seven Productions) and War Junk (9 x 60 minutes; Northern Sky
In two separate deals, Asian sales have also been booked for TCB Media Rights’ best-selling titles: The first two seasons of Murder Made Me Famous, originally produced for Reelz in the US, have been acquired by AETN Asia.
Finally, Toronto’s Border2Border Entertainment has sent Charlie David’s 2013 documentary I’m a Porn Star: Gay4Pay to Australia’s SBS and Canada’s OutTV.
The film chronicles the disproportionate number of straight men working in the gay porn industry and examines what motivates them to make a career of it.
Featured in the doc are interviews with men from some of the most popular and prolific studios, which feature straight men, as well as gay performers.