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Sales roundup: “Vietnam War,” “Heavy Rescue” find int’l broadcasters

PBS announces six new deals for The Vietnam War PBS International has announced new sales deals for The Vietnam War (pictured) with broadcasters in Denmark (DR), Thailand (TrueVision), Latin America (DirecTV), Sweden ...
October 16, 2017

PBS announces six new deals for The Vietnam War

PBS International has announced new sales deals for The Vietnam War (pictured) with broadcasters in Denmark (DR), Thailand (TrueVision), Latin America (DirecTV), Sweden (Kunskapskanalen) and Belgium (VRT), as well as Canadian airline Air Canada.

The six partners join a wide range of existing global broadcasters, included but not limited to PBS, ARTE France, SBS Australia, the BBC, Société Radio-Canada and RUV.

The Ken Burns and Lynn Novick-directed doc was first broadcast in September in the U.S. on PBS.

Beyond Distribution secures sales for Heavy Rescue

Independent distribution company Beyond Distribution has sold reality series Heavy Rescue to a spate of international broadcasters.

Discovery Europe has acquired the series’ first two seasons ahead of the second season’s launch at MIPCOM. The first season was introduced at MIPTV, and was acquired by Foxtel in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand and Polish broadcaster TV Spektrum SP Z.O.O.

Heavy Rescue chronicles major tow operators, rescue and maintenance crews as they work along Ontario’s Highway 401.

The series is produced by Great Pacific Media, the factual arm of Canadian production and distribution company Thunderbird Entertainment.

Quintus Media sells Mega Transports and Ultimate Vehicles across Europe

Global distribution and media agency Quintus Media has sold two factual series from German indie prodco Maximus Film.

Polish commercial broadcaster TVN has secured factual series Mega Transports (6 x 60 minutes), which spotlights logistically complex transportation missions.

Meanwhile, Polish pubcaster Polsat has acquired Ultimate Vehicles (6 x 60 minutes), a look at extravagant civil and military aircraft, tanks, ships and trains.

Discovery Southern Europe, French doc channel RMC Découverte and German broadcaster N24 were pre-sale partners for both projects.

TCB Media Rights inks presale deals with SBS Australia

London-based distribution company TCB Media Rights has secured pre-sales for two of its MIPCOM launches.

Australian pubcaster SBS has invested in Elizabeth, a look at British monarch Queen Elizabeth over the course of her reign. The 8 x 60-minute docuseries was produced by ITN Productions for Channel 5.

SBS has also taken The Private Lives of the Monarchs, which additionally counts UKTV and Viasat as presale partners. Produced by Like a Shot Productions, the 5 x 60-minute docuseries follows Tracy Borman, joint chief curator at the Royal Palaces, as she investigates the personal habits of a selection of historical monarchs.

TCB Media Rights announced its acquisition by London and Los Angeles-based sales company last week.

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