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Sales roundup: TCB Media’s new docs; Science Channel picks up “BattleBots”

TCB Media Rights launches new doc streams London-based rights-ownership and distribution company TCB Media Rights will launch three new docuseries for worldwide distribution. Manchester-based indie Title Role has gone into production on ...
July 6, 2017

TCB Media Rights launches new doc streams

London-based rights-ownership and distribution company TCB Media Rights will launch three new docuseries for worldwide distribution.

Manchester-based indie Title Role has gone into production on World’s Wildest Weather and World’s Worst Flight (aka Flights, Camera, Action).

World’s Wildest Weather (6×60) chronicles extreme global weather events, bringing the action to life with first-hand witness accounts and user-generated content. The series also features experts who explain the science behind the potentially devastating phenomena. Channel Nine Australia, SKY TV New Zealand and RMC Decouverte France have pre-bought the show.

In World’s Worst Flights (pictured) (6×60), using first-hand accounts, archival material and passenger footage, the program tells the stories of people who survived terrifying experiences in the air. UK’s Channel 5, Channel 9 Australia, RMC Decouverte France, WeltN24 Germany and SKY TV New Zealand have signed on for the series.

With the new partnership between TCB Media Rights and Worldmark Films, the prodco is producing the new clip show Caught On Dash Cam/Car vs World (5 x 60/10 x 30). The series features examples of the world’s worst and most shocking driving. Using footage caught on different types of cameras from dash cams to GoPros, the series is broken down into different themes, including crime, weather and animals. Caught On Dash Cam has been pre-bought by SKY UK, Channel 7 Australia, WeltN24 Germany and Mediaworks New Zealand.

Science Channel readies BattleBots

Science Channel has licensed the off-network cable rights to air ABC’s robot-fighting series BattleBots.

The 16-episode series features the next-generation of robots as they compete against one another in a fast-paced single elimination tournament.

Each episode showcases the design and build of each robot, bot builder backstories and their pursuit of the BattleBots championship. With only one weight class, homemade robots featuring a range of deadly weapons duke it out, all captured by state-of-the-art onboard technology and cameras to enhance viewing and provide combat analytics.

ESPN’S Samantha Ponder hosts the show and is joined for the play-by-play by Chris Rose of MLB Network and NFL Network. Commentary is provided by ex-MMA fighter Kenny Florian, Alison Haislip is the sideline reporter and Faruq Tauheed is ring announcer. The panel of judges includes former BattleBots competitor and special effects artist Fon Davis, Jessica Chobot and a special guest judge for each round of the competition.

From Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original BattleBots franchise, (and executive producers on the show) Ed Roski and Greg MunsonBattleBots is a new take on the killer robot combat sport. Executive producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan and Aaron Catling.

BattleBots premieres July 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel

Come Dine With Me comes to Spain

ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s cooking format show, Come Dine With Me, is heading to Spain.

Warner Bros. International Television Production Spain, who acquired the format rights, will produce the show for Mediaset España’s Cuatro channel.

The deal with WBITVP Spain for Cuatro follows the news earlier this year that Mongol TV had bought the rights to the show, taking the number of countries the format has now been sold in to over 40.

Come Dine With Me follows amateur chefs who compete against each other to host a dinner party for the other contestants. Each competitor then rates the host’s performance and, at the end of the week, the winner is rewarded with the title of ‘ultimate dinner party host’ and a cash prize.

 

 

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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