London-based distributor TCB Media Rights has sold three of its best-selling titles to American networks.
The U.S. network Science Channel has pre-bought Abandoned Engineering (6 x 60 mins). Channel 7 Australia, New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ and N24 in Germany have also picked up the series from Like A Shot Entertainment.
The program looks at some of the world’s most extravagant engineering projects that were abandoned, and had social, environmental and fiscal repercussions. Examples of these projects include the Nazi’s ‘holiday camp’ in Germany, New York’s High Line and Cape Town, South Africa’s Foreshore Freeway.
Another show from Like a Shot slated for U.S. release is Wicked Inventions (30 x 30 mins) (pictured) for the American Heroes Channel. The program explores everyday gadgets yet were originally made for warfare and space exploration. The Discovery Network has purchased the first season of the series, which was commissioned by Viasat World, an international pay TV broadcaster. Discovery Networks Italy has already pre-bought the second season of the show.
From the other side of the Atlantic, content coming into the UK from the U.S. includes TCB Media Rights’ most successful show to date, AMS Pictures’ Murder Made Me Famous (18×60 mins), which has been acquired by UKTV.
The series, now in its third season, explores the warped psychology behind famed killers.
Originally produced for Reelz in the U.S., Murder Made Me Famous has been acquired by broadcasters in Italy, Germany, France, Poland, Asia and Canada.
“We’re fortunate to work with many producers like Like A Shot that not only deliver the goods creatively but also understand that the commercial model has been created specifically to address the growing funding gap in domestic TV commissioning,” said Paul Heaney, CEO of TCB Media Rights, in a statement.