Joe Berlinger’s Intent to Destroy gets theatrical release
Indie distribution firm Abramorama and Gathr Films have acquired the North American theatrical rights for Joe Berlinger‘s 13th feature-length documentary Intent to Destroy.
The 115-minute film sees the Academy Award-nominated director meet with historians and scholars to discuss the Armenian Genocide of 1915, the continuing denial by the Turkish government and Hollywood’s censorship.
Abramorama will launch the North American theatrical rollout on Nov. 10 in New York and Los Angeles, followed by select cities nationwide. Gathr Films, meanwhile, will expand the release with one-night-only event screenings through its crowd-sourced theatrical distribution platform Theatrical On Demand.
The documentary, which held its world premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, was produced by Survival Pictures, RadicalMedia and Third Eye Motion Picture Company, in association with Bloom Project.
The deal was negotiated by Abramorama CCO and executive VP Karol Martesko-Fenster and Gathr Films president Jake Craven, and David Boyle on behalf of the filmmakers.
Rich House Poor House goes global
London-based distributor Hat Trick International has secured a raft of sales for factual format Rich House, Poor House (pictured).
The series has secured straight commissions with Germany’s SAT.1 and in the Netherlands via SBS6, where it launched earlier this month. Format options have also been signed by Denmark’s Nice, France’s Newen and Belgium’s BlazHoffski.
Produced by Hat Trick Productions for Channel 5, Rich House, Poor House follows two families from opposite ends of the wealth divide as they trade places in a bid to find out whether money really does buy happiness. Three further seasons in the UK were commissioned, with a second season scheduled for this fall. Seasons three and four are in production for 2018.
DCD Rights secures WE tv reality content
Indie UK-based distributor DCD Rights has secured international distribution rights to a number of series as part of a 30-hour deal for reality content commissioned by AMC Networks’ WE tv in the U.S.
Featured in the agreement are ThinkFactory Media’s Mama June: From Not to Hot (8 x 60 minutes; 1 x 30 minutes), which was recently renewed for a sophomore season and will be pre-sold at MIPCOM 2017; and ThinkFactory’s Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (11 x 60 minutes; season seven).
DCD is also preparing to showcase the latest season of Bridezillas this fall at MIPCOM.
Cineflix Rights closes deal with Yap Films
Cineflix Rights, the sales and distribution arm of Cineflix Media, has struck a deal with Canadian producer Yap Films ahead of this year’s MIPCOM market in Cannes.
Included in the deal are Made by Destruction (seasons one and two; 26 x 30 minutes for Discovery Science Canada), which explores how landfill trash is transformed by technology to be repurposed into something new; and Ice Bridge (1 x 60 minutes for Smithsonian Channel, CBC and France Télévisions), which examines how and when the first people arrived in North America, and where they originated from.
The deals were negotiated by Anthony Kimble, senior VP of co-production and North American acquisitions at Cineflix Rights.
Turkey takes Armoza’s The Final Four
Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has sent singing competition format The Final Four to Turkey’s Karga Seven Pictures.
Local adaptations of The Final Four have been commissioned by CPL Productions in the UK, Fox in the U.S. and by CTC in Russia. Since its launch in 2017, the shiny-floor studio entertainment format has been picked up by several other territories, including France, Spain, Italy and Denmark.
In The Final Four (13 x 90-120 minutes), four finalists are announced in the season premiere as selected by a trio of leading music judges. But in every episode, talented hopefuls will try to steal a seat from one of the final four. Anyone can become a contestant at any time via submissions on the dedicated app, but only the best will be able to challenge the four finalists.