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Sales round-up: Drive inks pre-sales, Armoza goes to Brazil

Drive secures international pre-sales for Supernatural Nazis Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency led by Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett, has inked a raft of pre-sale deals for historical miniseries Supernatural Nazis. Produced by ...
February 27, 2017

Drive secures international pre-sales for Supernatural Nazis

Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency led by Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett, has inked a raft of pre-sale deals for historical miniseries Supernatural Nazis.

Produced by Australian indie Wildbear Entertainment, the 3 x 60-minute series (pictured) explores the how Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party attempted to win World War II by using an array of supernatural and occult super powers.

Originally produced for American Heroes Channel in the U.S., Supernatural Nazis has been picked up by British commercial network Channel 5, RMC Découverte in France, and Discovery Communications in Poland, Japan and Latin America.

Discovery Program Sales is handling international sales, in a deal also brokered by Drive.

Curvy Supermodel heads to Brazil

Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has sent its runway competition format Curvy Supermodel to Brazilian broadcaster SBT.

Produced by Tresor TV, the primetime series is attempting to alter the global perception of beauty and the modeling industry by casting a variety of curvaceous women.

The elimination-style series will feature an expert jury who will mentor the cast of women, who will confront their issues while preparing for their modeling careers as they compete for the opportunity to win a modeling contract. 

German broadcaster RTLII, meanwhile, has licensed a second series run of Curvy Supermodel, and was most recently licensed in Spain by Mediaset. The modeling competition has also been picked up in France, Poland and the Netherlands.

GRB brings reality to Africa, France and Israel

Los Angeles-based producer-distributor GRB Entertainment has sold a number of docuseries into Africa, France and Israel.

Heading to South African broadcaster MNET are three family celebrity series Braxton Family Values, documenting the family life of Grammy winner Toni Braxton; Tamar and Vince, following rising musician Tamar Braxton and her music-mogul husband Vince Herbert; and Follow the Rules, chronicling the lives of rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule and his wife Aisha.

Elsewhere, French broadcaster RMC Découverte picked up reality series Auction Kings, following auction house employees buying and selling varied treasures, while Israel’s Ananey Communications has acquired docuseries Princes of Malibu, featuring 16-time Grammy winner David Foster as he struggles to evict his two adult stepsons Brandon and Brody Jenner from his Malibu mansion.

Amazon buys Amanda Knox documentary

The UK-based doc company Millstream Films & Media feature The Murder of Meredith Kercher / The Amanda Knox Saga has been picked up for SVOD broadcast in the U.S. and India by streaming giant Amazon Prime Video.

The now updated international version doc examines the murder of Meredith Kercher and nearly decade-long trials that would follow, resulting in the acquittal of American Amanda Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito, but the conviction of African immigrant Rudy Guede

“We’re constantly being asked by Americans where they can see this documentary, so we are thrilled that Amazon has chosen to broadcast it in the United States and India, two of its biggest markets,” said director Andrea Vogt, in a statement.

The doc is executive produced by Steve Anderson and produced by Paul Russell and has been broadcast in Australia, the UK, Germany, Austria and Italy. Austria and Italy.

Millstream Films & Media has also produced a series of investigative documentaries, including the 4-part series Lethal Cargo about trafficking in the Mediterranean, which recently sold for broadcast in Germany, Portugal, Poland, Slovakia and Turkey.Slovakia and Turkey.

Millstream Films & Media has produced more than 50 hours of factual content for clients including Discovery Channel, BBC3, Spiegel TV, ORF, Viasat, with global sales to clients in China, Russia, Turkey, Scandinavia, Europe and Africa. Its documentaries are also available on SVOD with Amazon and Curiosity StreamEurope and Africa.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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