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Extra: Blue Ant, BBCWW, Canal Plus ink deals at MIPCOM

Nat Geo pre-buys natural history content from Blue Ant Blue Ant Media  has secured a natural history pre-sale agreement with National Geographic Channels International. Brokered at MIPCOM, the deal sees Nat Geo ...
October 17, 2017

Nat Geo pre-buys natural history content from Blue Ant

Blue Ant Media  has secured a natural history pre-sale agreement with National Geographic Channels International.

Brokered at MIPCOM, the deal sees Nat Geo acquiring the third season of Africa’s Hunters (6 x 60, pictured), from Love Nature’s Camp Zambia II project; Island of the Monsoon (4 x 60), from Love Nature’s Camp Sri Lanka; Land of the Secret Bear (1 x 60); and Operation Elephant (1 x 60).

In addition to the pre-buys, Blue Ant has licensed seasons one and two of Africa’s Hunters (12 x 60) to Nat Geo.

Nat Geo has additionally picked up a spate of programs for Nat Geo WILD in Japan, including Coastal Africa (4 x 60), Great Blue Wild (6 x 60), Land of Gremlins (3 x4 0) and Undiscovered Vistas (8 x 60).

BBCWW signs Blue Planet II co-pro deal with China’s Tencent

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has signed a co-production deal with Tencent, a holding investment company in China, for natural history series Blue Planet II.

Under the deal, Blue Planet II will broadcast simultaneously in the UK and China via Tencent’s v.qq.com platform and video app. Tencent is also set to distribute the series across digital on-demand platforms in China.

The agreement was negotiated at MIPCOM by Lexian Zhu, deputy director of Tencent Penguin Pictures Documentary Studio and David Weiland, EVP Asia at BBCWW.

It was witnessed by Stephani Sun, senior manager of Tencent Penguin Pictures, Kelvin Yau, GM Greater China, James Honeyborne, Blue Planet II executive producer and Julian Hector, head of the Natural History Unit, BBC Studios.

In China, CCTV9, the documentary channel of state broadcaster CCTV, is the exclusive television partner for the series.

Canal Plus acquires Pablo Escobar doc

Planete+ Crime Investigation, the documentary channel of French broadcaster Canal Plus Group, has inked a deal with distribution indie Beyond Distribution for Escobar Exposed.

The agreement was brokered by Marzenna Czubowicz, SVP of sales, Western Europe, on behalf of Beyond Distribution.

The 2 x 60-minute documentary looks at infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, and features extensive interviews with his son, Juan Pablo, and Tata, his widow.

Escobar Exposed was produced by Telegramme Media.

Beyond Distribution previously secured sales of the doc to NBC’s Telemundo channel in the U.S., as well as History Channel in Latin America.

Cineflix Rights and Blizzard Road broker three-series agreement

UK distributor Cineflix Rights has reached a multi-title agreement with Australia prodco Blizzard Road Productions for three new factual series.

Impossible Planet (12 x 60) looks at underexplored natural phenomena on Earth, while Killer Soundtrack (13 x 60) investigates the histories behind well-known songs that tell the story of a true crime. Finally, Extreme Animal Transport (13 x 60) chronicles the work of experts tasked with transporting exotic animals around the world.

Kate Laffey, VP acquisitions at Cineflix, brokered the deal at MIPCOM.

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