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Sales roundup: Deals for Armoza, Cineflix, FilmRise, ITVS GE

Final Four lands in Finland Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has inked another deal for The Final Four (pictured). ITV Studios Finland has acquired local rights to the primetime singing competition, following a deal ...
October 18, 2017

Final Four lands in Finland

Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has inked another deal for The Final Four (pictured).

ITV Studios Finland has acquired local rights to the primetime singing competition, following a deal made earlier this week with Context Media to bring the series to New Zealand and pan-Asia.

In The Final Four (13 x 90 – 120), four finalists are selected by a trio of top music judges. In each episode, talented hopefuls have the chance to steal a spot from one of the final four. Anyone can become a contestant at any time via submissions on a dedicated app, but only the best will be able to challenge the four finalists. In the season finale, one contestant will be crowned the winner when the final four battle against each other.

Cineflix inks deals for lifestyle programming

UK-based indie Cineflix Rights has inked a raft of deals for its property and design lifestyle programming.

UKTV has picked up Property Brothers at Home (4 x 60, Scott Brothers Entertainment), while ITVBe has taken the fifth season of Property Brothers: Buying & Selling (18 x 60, Cineflix Productions)

Discovery Sweden has bought the sixth season of Property Brothers (26 x 60, Cineflix Productions); NC+ Poland has acquired seasons three and four of Property Brothers: Buying & Selling (39 x 60) for their Domo+ channel, while AMC Networks has also acquired them for their Spektrum Home channel in Hungary, Slovakia, and Czech Republic. Poland’s Zoom TV has bought  seasons one to four of Brother vs Brother (22 x 60, Scott Brothers Entertainment); and Digicast Italy has bought the first season of Property Brothers (13 x 60).

Flipping Virgins, which follows real estate and home space expert Egypt Sherrod as she helps first-timers find and flip properties, has sold to Discovery Latin America and AMC Networks for their Spektrum Home channel.

SPORT1 Germany and WP Poland have also both bought Buy It, Fix It, Sell It, which explores the world of ‘restorers, ‘fixers’, and ‘re-purposers’ as they make a living buying hidden treasures cheap at auction, restoring them in their workshops, and selling them for a profit.

ITVS GE takes Criminal Confessions

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE), Shed Media and Wolf Reality have inked a deal for ITVS GE to represent the global rights to Dick Wolf’s true crime series, Criminal Confessions.

Commissioned in the U.S. by Oxygen Media, the series premiered earlier this month. ITVS GE will now take it to the international market, with Seven Network in Australia already licensing the series under its first look deal with ITVS GE.

Criminal Confessions (11 x 60 and 1 x 120), which is executive produced by Law & Order creator Wolf, centers on the what happens inside police interrogation rooms and dissects what needs to happen to yield a confession. Each episode takes viewers through a real homicide case, beginning with the emergency call and culminating in the interrogation room where detectives interview the prime suspect.

FilmRise, APT strike public television deal for Mario Lanza doc

Indie distributor FilmRise and content syndicator American Public Television (APT) have struck a deal to bring the documentary Mario Lanza: The Best of Everything to American public television stations in November.

The film features interviews with family and close associates as well as rare, archival concert footage featuring the iconic operatic tenor.

“As the distributor to first introduce The Three Tenors (Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo) to public television audiences in 1991 – one of American Public Television’s most popular programs – we feel confident that this special will be greatly appreciated by viewers, many of whom will fondly recall Mario Lanza from his early televised performances and recordings,” said Cynthia Fenneman, president and CEO of American Public Television, in a statement. “This is an exciting opportunity for APT, for public television, and our viewers.”

The doc was acquired for APT’s Premium Service, a coproduction, co-financing and acquisition fund that provides fundraising specials for American public television stations.

“Our partnership with APT allows fans of Lanza to watch the film on public television stations nationwide and subsequently, own the exclusive DVD,” said FilmRise CEO and co-founder Danny Fisher. The deal was negotiated by FilmRise’s Fisher and head of sales, Melissa Wohl, and by APT’s Fenneman.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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