DCD Rights makes sales on its culinary series
Indie UK distributor DCD Rights has inked multiple deals for several culinary series.
Produced by Blue Marlin Television for UK’s ITV, James Martin’s French Adventure has been sold to VRT (Belgium), Matkanalen (Norway) and 24Kitchen (Netherlands). This adds to previously announced sales of the 20-episode series to Australia, New Zealand and Poland, as well as pan territory deals in Central Europe and Asia.
The series follows Martin, a renowned TV chef, as he journeys through France to locations that inspired his culinary career and pays homage to his culinary hero, Keith Floyd.
The distributor is also bringing Blue Marlin Television and James Martin’s new program Saturday Morning with James Martin, produced for ITV, to MIPCOM.
The new 8 x 30-minute series Nadiya’s Food Adventure, which DCD Rights will debut at MIPCOM, has already been secured by Choice TV (New Zealand) and Foxtel (Australia). In this BBC Studios production for BBC2, Nadiya Hussain travels across Britain to meet some of the culinary world’s most exciting food pioneers and passionate farmers, growers and fishermen, before moving to the kitchen to create her own recipes.
TVF International shops BBC docs
Factual distributor TVF International has sold a roster of titles including BBC4 docs The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun and The Amazing World of Gravity to broadcasters around the world.
The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun (1 x 48) celebrates British photographer Harry Burton, a man whose images of the Tutankhamun excavation created a global sensation. Telefonica in Spain; SBS and Foxtel across ANZ; Acorn TV USA; and both TVO and Knowledge Network in Canada have picked up the documentary.
The Amazing World of Gravity (2 x 45), presented by professor Jim Al-Khalili is produced by Glasgow-based Furnace TV and has been acquired by ITI Neovision Poland; AMC Networks CEE; True Visions Thailand; Acorn TV USA; TVO Canada; Alliant Online and Da Vinci for channels across CEE, Turkey and Africa. The doc is also available in 4K HDR, with that version having been picked up by Wingsight Media, China.
The latest addition to TVF International’s BBC4 slate is Accidental Anarchist (1 x 60 / 1 x 90) (pictured). Executive produced by Alex Gibney, the ‘Storyville’ doc follows ex-civil servant Carne Ross as he explores the philosophy of anarchy.
The Knowledge Network also secured Channel NewsAsia’s current affairs series The Maritime Silk Road (6 x 48) which explores China’s One Belt, One Road strategy.
And RTL Geo picked up the Netflix original Don’t Look Down (1 x 90) which tells the story of Richard Branson’s hot air ballooning adventures and the birth of the Virgin empire. The feature was also picked up by DR Denmark; ABS-CBN Philippines; and National Geographic ANZ.
True North becomes albert’s first North of England affiliate
UK indie production company True North has become albert’s – the BAFTA supported think tank on sustainability in TV and film – first North of England affiliate.
This partnership will see True North move towards becoming sustainable by integrating environmental considerations into its business practice,s with the goal of minimizing the environmental impact of their operations in Leeds and MediaCity Salford.
Created to support independent production companies’ move towards a more sustainable future, albert offers members use of the company’s tools, ensures free access to training and guarantees they are informed of, and able to contribute to, all projects and initiatives.
Elsewhere, albert is to work with film and television organizations from around the world via the formation of the albert International Consortium. This new global community is sharing the think tank’s goals of reducing the impact the industry has on the environment while helping content makers realize their opportunity to engage audiences about sustainable living.
On board is Dutch broadcaster NTR, who teamed up with albert in 2016. The broadcaster is joined in the consortium by representatives of Creative BC from Canada, the Greener Screen project in Dubai and the Screen Greening initiative from Ireland, with conversations on the way in more countries. The Association for International Broadcasters (AIB) has also recently joined as an associate member.