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Sales roundup: CuriosityStream takes “Real War of Thrones”; Hat Trick inks deals for “Insider”

CuriosityStream takes “The Real War of Thrones” Documentary-focused SVOD platform CuriosityStream has acquired the global non-exclusive rights to The Real War of Thrones; A History of Europe from indie TV prodco Pernel ...
October 11, 2017

CuriosityStream takes “The Real War of Thrones”

Documentary-focused SVOD platform CuriosityStream has acquired the global non-exclusive rights to The Real War of Thrones; A History of Europe from indie TV prodco Pernel Media.

Originally commissioned by France 5, The Real War of Thrones (4 x 60, pictured) is a 4K docu-drama series that charts the rival dynasties that forged the history of modern Europe.

Each episode focuses in on a period of 30 to 40 years, which corresponds to a critical moment in European history and a clash between two rival European houses and their allies. Featured rivalries include Edward Plantagenet’s conflict with the house of Valois, and Henry VI’s battles with Charles VII and the Hundred Years War.

France Television Distribution handles global distribution of The Real War of Thrones excluding the UK.

The Real War of Thrones; A History of Europe is the latest major production for Pernel Media and follows the commissions of 20 Years on Death Row by 13éme Rue, Extreme Earth for France 5 and Green Eden for Ushuaïa TV

Hat Trick International inks new deals for Reggie Yates: The Insider

Indie distributor Hat Trick International has inked a raft of deals for its factual entertainment series Reggie Yates: The Insider, including presales for the second season, which is launching at MIPCOM.

Produced by Flicker Productions in association with Keo Films for BBC3, the second season of Reggie Yates: The Insider, which launched on the broadcaster this past September, sees the TV presenter living in some of the world’s most demanding places, including a refugee camp in Iraq and as a prison guard in the U.S.

This series has already been picked up by broadcasters including ABC (Australia), BBC Brit (Africa and Poland), DR (Denmark), TV3 (Ireland) and TVNZ (New Zealand).

Hat Trick has also secured sales for the first two-part series of Reggie Yates: The Insider, signing pan territory deals with National Geographic Channel Network (Latin America), BBC Brit (Africa & Poland) and AMC Networks (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia).

Further acquisitions include ABC (Australia), VRT (Belgium), DR (Denmark), TV3 (Ireland), TVNZ (New Zealand), BNN (Netherlands), NRK (Norway) and TV4 (Sweden).

Argonon International sells Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain and BBC Pandemic

Argonon International, the distribution arm of Argonon Group, has pre-sold Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain ahead of MIPCOM.

Produced by Transparent Television, Portillo’s Hidden History of Britain (4 x 60) sees historian and architecture-loving presenter Michael Portillo investigate Britain’s most fascinating abandoned urban buildings. These dwellings hold the key to some of the country’s biggest questions around society’s attitudes to justice, freedom of information, health and individuals vs. the state.

The series will air on UK Channel 5 in late 2017 and was sold to SBS Australia.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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