London-based distributor TVF International has scored a raft of specialist factual deals with broadcasters across Asia and the Middle East and North Africa region.
Headed to Sarimanok News Network in the Philippines and ITV International Channels for Asia is Channel 5′s investigative Royal family docuseries Inside Windsor Castle (4 x 44 minutes). ITV International Channels also picked up BBC’s two-part history doc Queen Victoria’s Letters: A Monarch Unveiled (2 x 60 minutes; What Larks! Productions).
Elsewhere, Al Jazeera Media Network has secured the rights to CBC documentary strand ‘Nature of Things’ The Science of Sleep (1 x 44) while BBC Arabic acquired a 7.5 hour package that includes Living the Game (1 x 59 & 88 minutes), which held its international premiere at the 2017 Hot Docs festival and reveals the world of professional video-gaming.
BBC Arabic has also taken ARTE’s Magnificent Megacities (5 x 52 minutes; pictured) and the Channel NewsAsia-produced Meet the Makers. The 48-minute one-off explores the artisans dedicating their lives to preserving age-old crafts in an era of consumerism and mass production.
Pan-Asian deals include the Asian sales house TVBI taking Active TV’s travelogue Luxe Asia (8 x 22 minutes, season three) and Xtreme Productions’ Spirits of Asia (8 x 23 minutes), which explores Asia’s alcohol industry. TVB Hong Kong, meanwhile, has also picked up Spirits of Asia as well as Mediacorp’s pop science series The Big Idea (8 x 22 minutes) and CBC’s health special ADHD: Not Just for Kids (Markham Street Films).
Also in Asia, RTHK Hong Kong acquired a package of one off specials that includes Love Productions’ ‘Panorama’ investigation Classroom Secrets and BBC ‘Storyville’ feature Rocking Cambodia: Rise of a Pop Diva.
Over in India, AETN18 Media took a package that features Beach House Pictures’ 4K aerial series Aerial Asia (4 x 46 minutes) and History Channel’s Special Forces: China (7 x 48 minutes).
Finally, Korea Educational Broadcasting System licensed a trio of investigative science documentaries from Thomas Lucas Productions, including the 44-minute Earth in 1000 Years, the 50-minute Seeing the Beginning of Time and the 44-minute Supertornado: Anatomy of a Megadisaster.
All sales were negotiated by senior TVF execs Sanaya Irani and Julian Chou-Lambert.