Drive secures sales for UK indie producers
UK-based production-funding and distribution agency Drive has made a raft of international sales and pre-sales for titles from UK indie producers.
Australian network SBS, Canada’s CBC and NRK Norway have pre-bought Oxford Film’s doc on the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, ahead of their 70th anniversary this November.
Produced by Oxford Films for ITV, A Very Royal Wedding (1 x 60) covers the collective efforts of ordinary people across the company, who came together for the celebration.
Marilyn Monroe: Auction of a Lifetime, another Oxford Film production, has been acquired by Smithsonian Channel in the US, CBC Canada, DR Denmark, NRK Norway & Foxtel Australia.
The 1 x 60-minute doc covers a Los Angeles auction where over one thousand of Marilyn Monroe’s possessions were sold.
The doc was originally produced for Channel 4 in the UK.
Elsewhere, Drive has secured pre-sales for The World’s Deadliest Drivers (13 x 30) from BBC Brit and Discovery Networks International.
DNI channels airing the series include Quest in the UK, DMAX in Germany, Discovery Channel across CEEMEA and LatAm, including Hispanic US. BBC Brit will air the series in Africa, Poland and the Nordics.
Treasures Decoded (8 x 60, pictured), has been pre-bought by SBS and France 5, while Last Days of Jesus (1 x 60) has been pre-bought by Channel 5 and PBS.
Comedy Central takes “Takeshi’s Castle”
Comedy Central has acquired the rights to new episodes of Thai series Takeshi’s Castle.
The game show format sees 100 members of the public attempt to tackle a series of crazy obstacles, with the ultimate aim of reaching and storming a castle. It follows the format of the original TBS series, which first aired in Japan in 1986.
Comedy Central picked the series up from Bellon Entertainment. It will debut on Comedy Central UK in autumn 2017 before airing across Comedy Central’s international network of more than 33 branded channels, excluding the U.S., Canada and Japan.
“Takeshi’s Castle is the gold standard of physical game shows and we can’t wait to bring the delightful mayhem of this show back to the UK with this new series,” said Louise Holmes, Vice president, GM, Comedy Central UK.
The Comedy Central/TBS/Bellon deal for Takeshi’s Castle was brokered by Brad Wood, director of acquisitions, talent and development, Comedy Central, Melissa Hames, program and format sales, Bellon Entertainment, Megumi Tsukada, TBS Global Business, dentsu X (Thailand) and Heliconia.