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Extra: Pipoca takes “Messenger”; Amazon, Discovery ink deal

Pipoca Pictures picks up “The Messenger” Feature-length wildlife documentary The Messenger (pictured) has been picked up for a theatrical run in the UK. The doc, which examines the effects that man-made hazards have had on ...
October 31, 2017

Pipoca Pictures picks up “The Messenger”

Feature-length wildlife documentary The Messenger (pictured) has been picked up for a theatrical run in the UK.

The doc, which examines the effects that man-made hazards have had on bird populations, was picked up by Nottingham, UK-based Pipoca Pictures. The film will screen across a number of theaters in the UK cities of Manchester, Wareham, Nottingham and Suffolk.

Last year it was announced that The Messenger had been acquired by Netflix for the U.S., as well securing broadcast deals with SVT (Sweden), Prima TV (Czech Republic), Al Jazeera Documentary (Qatar), Estonian public broadcaster ERR, and YLE (Finland). Written by Sally Blake and Su RynardThe Messenger is produced by Joanne JacksonMartin de la Fouchardière, Diane Woods, as well as Blake and Rynard.

— Jordan Pinto, Playback

Discovery to launch on Amazon channels in Germany, Austria

Discovery Communications inked a deal for the Discovery Channel brand to become available on Amazon Channels in Germany and Austria.

The launch of Discovery Channel on the service extends the streaming co-operation between Discovery and Amazon, which launched Eurosport Player earlier this year.

“One of the first Pay TV channels to launch in Germany, Discovery Channel together with Animal Planet are globally well-known brands loved by viewers for their fantastic and high-quality content,” said Susanne Aigner-Drews, SVP and GM Discovery Networks Germany, in a statement. “We are delighted to make them available to Amazon’s customers and introduce new shows to audiences across Germany. This is part of our ambition to make our content available to fans across every screen and service.”

APTN preps docu-drama 1491

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network has set the broadcast premiere for its eight-part miniseries 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus. 

The hour-long series will debut Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on APTN. It has also been picked up by ZDFE in Germany and SBS in Australia. South Africa-based Earth Touch handles international distribution. 

Based on Charles C. Mann’s book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, the series is produced by Winnipeg’s Animiki See Digital Production and Victoria, BC’s Aarrow Productions. It focuses on the origins and history of ancient civilizations and details groundbreaking achievements in agriculture, governance, trade and other areas.

APTN optioned Mann’s book in 2010 and funded the script development.

The series is directed by Barbara Hager (Cree/Métis) and Lisa Jackson (Anishinaabe), and written by Hager and Marie Clements (Métis). It was filmed across North and South America and interviewed 35 historians, archaeologists and cultural experts, the majority of which have Indigenous ancestry.

— Regan Reid, Playback

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