Sales roundup: Twofour takes “Live PD” format; Earth Touch secures Yellowstone doc

Twofour acquires UK rights to A+E format Live PD Independent media group Twofour has acquired the rights to A+E’s Live PD format, with a UK version currently being developed for ITV. The series gives ...
October 12, 2017

Twofour acquires UK rights to A+E format Live PD

Independent media group Twofour has acquired the rights to A+E’s Live PD format, with a UK version currently being developed for ITV.

The series gives viewers unfiltered live access inside various busy police forces and the communities they patrol on a typical night.

The UK version will embed with police forces across the UK, allowing viewers to get an unprecedented glimpse of the reality of life inside modern policing. 

All3Media International secures more than 70 hours of content with pan Asia channels 

Indie distributor All3Media International has secured more than 70 hours of factual content to air across Asia

BBC Worldwide has signed pan Asia rights to more than 40 hours of factual and factual entertainment content, including Studio Ramsay’s competition cooking series The F Word USA (11 x 1 hour), commissioned by Fox and featuring Gordon Ramsay.

Also produced for Fox, the fourth series of Optomen Television’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (13 x 1 hour) has been relicensed. Season five of All3Media reality series Undercover Boss USA (15 x 1 hour) has also been acquired.

Additional content includes one-hour documentary specials The Truth About Sleep (Lion TV for BBC1) and The Truth About Stress (Blink Films for BBC1).

Discovery has picked up a total of 24 hours of Optomen’s cookery-themed content for its linear platforms, including Worst Bakers in America, produced for Food Network, USA. Discovery has also signed seasons nine (Celebrity Version, 8 x 1 hour) and 10 (10 x 1 hour) of the long-running Food Network USA series Worst Cooks in America.

Along the lines of a culinary theme is a pan-regional Asia deal with Scripps Network that sees the relicense of the six-part series Gok Cooks Chinese, produced by Optomen Television for Channel 4.

Scripps has also renewed food lifestyle series Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch (Studio Ramsay and Objective Media Group for CBBC, UK), acquiring the third 15 x 15-minute season.

Earth Touch secures international rights for Smithsonian Channel’s Epic Yellowstone 

Wildlife and factual entertainment producer and distributor Earth Touch has secured the international distribution rights for Smithsonian Channel’s 4K natural history series Epic Yellowstone (pictured).

Produced by Grizzly Creek Films, the 4 x 60-minute series follows life in Yellowstone National Park. Filmed over two years and delivering in April 2019, episodes include the return of wolves and grizzly bears to the park, as well as a look at the biodiversity of birds in the area and the largest undammed river throughout four seasons.

This is the first time Earth Touch has handled global sales on a Smithsonian Channel-commissioned title.

Twofour Rights sells Extreme Cake Makeovers into multiple regions

London-based distributor Twofour Rights has secured a raft of deals for Boomerang’s Extreme Cake Makers across Europe, North America, Asia and the MENA region.

The series looks at the successes and failures of the elite group, who go all out to produce the world’s most delicious and breathtaking cakes.

In Canada, Blue Ant Media has acquired the rights to air the series across the country, while Cooking Channel has acquired rights to air the series in the U.S.

In Australia, Foxtel’s Lifestyle Food will be airing the series and TVNZ will be premiering the show in New Zealand. Elsewhere, Discovery Asia has secured rights to air the series in 25 territories including Hong Kong, India and Singapore. Meanwhile, Discovery has acquired rights to air in 23 territories across the MENA region.

Sky Italia has secured rights to air the series in Italy and Italian speaking Europe. Meanwhile, TV4 Sweden will be airing the show in Sweden. BBC has secured rights to air series 1 and 2 on BBC Lifestyle in Poland.







About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.