Cinema Guild takes Rat Film
New York-based distributor Cinema Guild has acquired Theo Anthony’s debut feature-length documentary Rat Film (pictured).
The film, which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, blends factual with sci-fi to explore the history of the city of Baltimore through these rodents and the humans that love them, live with them and kill them.
Cinema Guild will bring the film to theaters across North America and will release Rat Film in 2017.
The deal was negotiated by Cinema Guild’s Blandine Mercier-McGovern and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. The film was produced by Memory’s Riel Roch-Decter and Sebastian Pardo.
MTG sells African businesses
Scandinavian media company Modern Times Group (MTG) has sold off its free-to-air television and production businesses in Ghana and Nigeria to Econet Media Group for an undisclosed amount.
Elsewhere, the previously announced sale of MTG’s free-TV broadcaster in Tanzania to Econet is slated to close Q1 2017, pending regulatory approval.
The deals are part of MTG’s ongoing strategic efforts to transform from a traditional broadcaster into a digital video entertainment company.
The African free-TV and production businesses generated sales of SEK21 million (US$2.25 million) in the first 11 months of 2016, of which Ghana and Nigeria contributed SEK18 million.
ZED, Nat Geo Channels ink presale deals
French producer-distributor ZED has secured four presale deals with National Geographic Channels, with delivery slated for 2017.
Among the titles, Serge de Sampigny-directed Inside the SS (1 x 90 minutes; 2 x 45 minutes for France 3), which explores Nazi accounts from surviving soldiers, has been acquired by Nat Geo worldwide, excluding Germany and Canada; while David Korn-Brzoza’s colorized archival film Hitler Youth (1 x 90 minutes; 2 x 45 minutes for France 2, ARTE France) has been acquired globally excluding the U.S., Canada, France and Germany.
Also included in the presale deals are Stéphane Begoin’s 1917, The Forgotten D-Day (1 x 52 minutes for France 5), which recounts America’s entry into WWI, and has been taken worldwide excluding Canada, France and Germany; and Bernard George’s docudrama Revolutions 1917 (1 x 52 minutes; 1 x 90 minutes for France 3 and France 5), about the Russian Revolution through the eyes of a French journalist, has been picked up globally excluding U.S., Canada and France.
Viasat World acquires Republika
International pay-TV operator Viasat World and Croatian broadcaster HRT have acquired Božidar Domagoj Burić’s docudrama Republika: The History of Dubrovnik.
The series, which will showcase the historical dimension and significance of the Croatian Republic, will air across Viasat History and reach 47 countries across Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS, Turkey, Africa, Israel and the U.S.