All3Media moves key content into Africa
Indie distributor All3Media International has inked a raft of sales deals to the African continent.
Optioned for production in Nigeria is fact-ent hit format Undercover Boss. EWA Media Productions will produce the localized adaptation, originally created by Studio Lambert for Channel 4. Previous versions have aired in Australia, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Chile, Spain, France, Italy, Poland and Bulgaria.
Also optioned for Nigerian production is The Cube, a game show in which seven physical and mental challenges stand between contestants and a cash prize. Originally produced by Objective for ITV, the localized 15-part version will be produced by FanFaceOff Global Entertainment.
Pan-territory deals have also been secured by All3Media International for its finished Guy Martin-fronted content. BBC Worldwide has picked up Our Guy in China, Speed with Guy Martin (season three) and the special Speed With Guy Martin F1, while Discovery has acquired such engineering-focused content as Guy Martin: Fastest Man on Two Wheels?, Guy Martin’s Wall of Death, Guy Martin’s Last of the Vulcans and Guy Martin: Our Guy in Latvia for its Africa feed. South Africa’s SABC, meanwhile, has signed Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Home Cooking and both series of Gordon’s Great Escape.
UKTV to launch more channels on Freesat
UK’s subscription-free satellite TV platform Freesat is slated to launch two of channels from British multi-channel broadcaster UKTV on its platform.
Effective Aug. 1, UKTV’s entertainment channel Dave and lifestyle channel Home will be made available to all four million-plus Freesat subscribers.
Dave hosts a mix of comedy and reality shows, including new and original commissions from the U.S., including Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Crackanory, Red Dwarf XI and Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit.
Home, meanwhile, serves as the UK’s only dedicated home and garden channel, featuring such titles as My Flat-Pack Home, Nick Knowles’ Original Features, Make My Home Bigger, Fantasy Homes by the Sea, Kitchen SOS, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, DIY SOS: The Big Build, Escape to the Country, The Hotel Inspector and A Place in the Sun: Home or Away.
Dave and Home now join UKTV’s Drama, Yesterday and Really channels which launched on Freesat in December 2015.
Thailand takes a ride with Armoza
Leading Thai television broadcaster Channel 3 is bringing Israeli game show Pull Over (pictured) from Tel Aviv-based format developer Armoza Formats to the Asian territory.
The local adaptation will comprise of 26 episodes and marks the first partnership between the two companies.
Produced by Createit Studio, the 30- and 60-minute on-location game show features unsuspecting participants as they are pulled over by law enforcement. Though instead of receiving an infraction, the owners of beat down vehicles have are presented with the opportunity to win a new car on the spot.
Gravitas Ventures takes Blurred Lines
Indie film rights distributor Gravitas Ventures has acquired the worldwide VOD rights to Barry Avrich’s Tribeca Spotlight Documentary Blurred Lines.
The art scene insider documentary peels back the layers of the art world economy – from production to circulation – and grants unprecedented access into art industry players and candid statements from prominent artists like Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, Rashid Johnson, Michael Ovitz and Marina Abramovic.
Avrich also served as an executive producer on the film, alongside Jonas Prince.
The deal was negotiated by Gravitas’ director of acquisitions Josh Spector and Eric Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmaking team.
Blurred Lines is set for release on demand in October.