Electus International bolsters European team
IAC-owned distributor Electus International has appointed Jonathan South as senior VP and head of Europe.
Based in London, South will oversee sales and distribution across the UK, France and the Nordic region. He will also lead the company’s scripted copro business in the UK and reports to Electus International president John Pollak.
South most recently served as head of worldwide sales and head of non-scripted and alternative programming at Televisa International. Previously, he held a seven-year stint at A&E Television Networks, serving as VP of sales for EMEA and SVP of content.
The hiring comes as the company looks to expand its reach into Europe through major franchise title launches in the territory, including Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Bellator, and the forthcoming The Toy Box, which will debut in the U.S. on ABC this spring.
PBS acquires Oscar-nominated Joe’s Violin
PBS documentary strand ‘POV’ has acquired the broadcast rights to Kahane Cooperman’s Academy Award-nominated Joe’s Violin (pictured).
Nominated in the Best Documentary Short Subject category, the film chronicles the unlikely friendship forged between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx schoolgirl Brianna Perez through a small act of kindness and the love of music.
The 24-minute film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and will debut on the PBS ‘POV’ in 2017, after the showcase kicks off its 30th season this spring.
Cineflix Rights inks programming deals
London-based indie distributor Cineflix Rights has secured new programming deals with Finestripe Productions and Waddell Media for two series slated to launch at MIPTV.
Finestripe’s two-part documentary Inside Dior will provide an exclusive look into the billion-dollar luxury empire ahead of the Christian Dior-founded company’s 70th anniversary. The 2 x 60 minute film, originally commissioned by Channel 4, will feature interviews with celebrity clientele while introducing the genius responsible for every lavish detail.
Waddell’s hour-long special A Big Lego Christmas, meanwhile, will provide access to the global toy brand as it prepares to launch its largest Lego store in London. The film, also originally for C4, will feature Britain’s only certified Lego professional as he attempts to build a record-breaking Lego model of Tower Bridge.
The deals with Finestripe Productions and Waddell Media were negotiated by Cineflix VP of acquisitions Kate Laffey.