Extra: Gunpowder & Sky picks up “McLaren”; Insight signs F2 Freestylers

Gunpowder & Sky acquires U.S. rights to Bruce McLaren biopic Global content studio Gunpowder & Sky has acquired U.S. rights to McLaren. The FB Pictures-produced biopic tells the true story behind Bruce ...
May 23, 2017

Gunpowder & Sky acquires U.S. rights to Bruce McLaren biopic

Global content studio Gunpowder & Sky has acquired U.S. rights to McLaren.

The FB Pictures-produced biopic tells the true story behind Bruce McLaren, the New Zealand-born founder of McLaren motorsports. A sportsman and engineer, McLaren became a veritable superstar in the world of 1960s Formula One motor racing. He was the youngest driver to ever win a Grand Prix, revolutionizing Formula One racing before dying at 32 in a racing accident.

The doc features interviews with McLaren’s closest friends and family members.

McLaren was made by General Film Corporation and Universal Pictures in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, Images & Sound, The Giltrap Group and FB Pictures, with funding through the New Zealand Government’s Screen Production Funding Grant and financing from the ANZ Bank.

The deal was negotiated by XYZ Films with Gunpowder & Sky Distribution planning a multiplatform release for the film. This deal completes the sale of the film’s rights across the globe.

Outside of the U.S., McLaren will be released by Transmission Films in New Zealand and Australia, and by Universal Pictures in all other global territories. The film will be launched in the U.K. in late May.

Insight TV looks to score with new soccer series

Factual entertainment channel Insight TV is playing a round of footie in its newest series.

Insight has commissioned a new reality show starring the F2 Freestylers — a group made up of Billy Wingrove, a British semi-professional soccer player, and fellow freestyle footballer Jeremy Lynch (pictured).

The 10-part series sees the F2 Freestylers take on a European road trip. In Lost in Europe, the pair will leave their wallets in the UK and attempt to pay their way across ten different European football capitals.

In each city, the F2 must meet a local star, pull off a brand-new trick, see a stadium or iconic piece of memorabilia and try out three types of skills and tricks along the way. In each episode, they’ll tick off an item in their sticker book to complete an album.

The show, which will launch on Insight TV in October 2017, is being produced by Renowned Films.

BBC announces first programs to feature in Royal Collection Series

The BBC is working in partnership with the Royal Collection Trust to create a set of programs intended to reveal the history of one of the largest art collections in the world.

The Royal Collection season will be broadcast on BBC4 in 2018, with further programming announcements to be made later this year.

On tap for the Royal Collection series is four-part series for BB4, made by BBC Studios. In the series, British art historian and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon selects some of the most spectacular works of art from the collection as he visits royal residences, museums and galleries across the UK.

From sculptures to furniture, Graham-Dixon will explain what the objects meant to the artists who created them and to the royal collectors who acquired them.

In a special 1 x 60 program made for BBC2, presenter Brenda Emmanus will explore the Royal Academy’s landmark exhibition, Charles I: King and Collector.

To mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy in 2018, much of Charles I’s art collection will be reassembled and displayed at the Royal Academy in London. Emmanus will unpack the stories behind the works in the collection, with the help of art historians and those who have worked with galleries and museums across the world.

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.