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Sales roundup: “The Lie Detective” goes abroad; Distributors pick up “The Pathological Optimist”

The Lie Detective makes inroads into the international market Factual UK indie True North and FremantleMedia’s The Lie Detective has been sold abroad. The factual reality series sees current couples, wannabe couples, and ...
August 15, 2017

The Lie Detective makes inroads into the international market

Factual UK indie True North and FremantleMedia’s The Lie Detective has been sold abroad.

The factual reality series sees current couples, wannabe couples, and ex-couples engage in heart-to-heart conversations with their loved ones to find out whether they have been truthful.

The series is distributed by FremantleMedia who hold the global tape and format rights, excluding the U.S.

To date, FremantleMedia International has completed tape sales in Africa, Russia, Sweden, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India Sub-Continent, New Zealand, Pan-Regional Asia and Latin America Pan-Regional, with additional offers pending in other territories.

FremantleMedia has also produced or licensed local versions of The Lie Detective in the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Greece, Slovenia and Latvia with several additional options pending.

The series first aired in the UK on pubcaster Channel 4 in August 2016.

The Film Arcade and Gravitas Ventures acquire The Pathological Optimist

Distributors The Film Arcade and Gravitas Ventures have acquired Miranda Bailey’s documentary The Pathological Optimist.

The film documents Dr. Andrew Wakefield (pictured), the man behind the controversial anti-vaccination movement. Bailey and her team filmed Wakefield, a British expat who currently lives in Austin, Texas, for five years beginning in 2011 as he fought a defamation battle in the courts against the British Medical Journal and journalist Brian Deer. The doc examines the results of that case and observations of Wakefield, his family and his legal team.

The Pathological Optimist will be released theatrically by The Film Arcade on Sept. 29, followed by a VOD release on Gravitas later this year.

The deal was brokered by Josh Spector on behalf of Gravitas Ventures and by attorney Greg S. Bernstein on behalf of The Film Arcade. Peter Trinh at ICM negotiated on behalf of the filmmaker.

Java Pictures to rep Merit Motion doc internationally

Paris-based distribution company Java Pictures has acquired the international distribution rights to Beyond the Autism Spectrum: A Family’s Year Confronting Autism from Winnipeg-based production company Merit Motion Pictures.

The feature-length documentary is directed by Steve Suderman (To Make a Farm) and tells the story of two parents after their two year-old son Oskar is diagnosed with autism.

A one-hour version of the project was acquired by TVO, which will air the doc on Oct. 18.

Most recently Merit Motion won the Best History Documentary Program/Series at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards for its doc Vietnam: Canada’s Shadow War (CBC).

The company, founded in 2005, is headed up by president and executive producer Merit Jensen Carr. Its other credits include the 12-part docuseries Polar Bear Town (Rogers in Canada, Smithsonian Channel in the U.S.) and Slaves to Habit (CBC).

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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