C4 announces new Levison Wood series
British pubcaster Channel 4 has greenlit a new series featuring explorer Levison Wood.
From Russia to Iran (w/t) will follow Wood on a 2,600-mile trek through the Caucasus mountains, ending his journey on the shores of the Caspian Sea in Iran.
From Russia to Iran is co-produced by October Films and Motion Content Group. The series producer is Jamie Berry and executive producers are Jos Cushing for October Films and Melanie Darlaston for Motion Content Group. The commissioning editor for Channel 4 is Alf Lawrie.
Alfred Haber reels in “Wicked Tuna”
U.S. sales house Alfred Haber Television Inc. (AHTI) has secured the exclusive international television rights for the third season of Wicked Tuna.
Produced by Pilgrim Media Group, Wicked Tuna is about a breed of fishermen who set out in North Atlantic waters in hopes of catching enough of the elusive Bluefin tuna to earn a living.
AHTI is now distributing all three seasons of the series. The company has licensed the show to broadcasters such as RTL (Germany), Seven Network (Australia), Modern Times Group (Sweden) and Polsat (Poland).
GRB makes big sales in wildlife and nature programming
GRB Entertainment announced wildlife and extreme nature program sales to broadcasters in Japan, China, France, and Poland.
Nippon Television Japan and Hubu Media China have picked up When Fish Attack, which explores unexpected underwater attacks. Hubu also acquired When Animals Bite Back (pictured), which features real-life encounters with captive and wild animals.
AB Droit has acquired three series for its French and French-speaking territories: Hurricane Hunters, Great White Highway and Prehistoric Assassins.
Hurricane Hunters highlights an organization that flies directly into the eyes of hurricanes and tropical storms, while Great White Highway brings viewers to the central coast of California, home to some of the biggest great white sharks in the world.
Meanwhile, Prehistoric Assassins explores ancient predators like the pterodactyl and the Anomalocaris (a carnivorous, seven-ft.-long prawn) and their deadly hunting tactics.
Finally, Polsat in Poland has bought Extreme Animal Obsessions, which showcases people’s intense devotion to their favorite creatures.