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Sales roundup: Orange Smarty, Foxtel ink deal; A+E series head to TV Azteca

Orange Smarty inks content deal with Foxtel UK distributor Orange Smarty has secured an exclusive deal with Australian broadcaster Foxtel for 380 hours of lifestyle content. Foxtel’s package includes the latest of A ...
November 16, 2017

Orange Smarty inks content deal with Foxtel

UK distributor Orange Smarty has secured an exclusive deal with Australian broadcaster Foxtel for 380 hours of lifestyle content.

Foxtel’s package includes the latest of A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun Series 5 (54 x 60), A Place in the Sun: Summer Sun Series 4 (16 x 60) and Coast Vs Country (30 x 60), all produced by Freeform Productions.

The broadcaster has also acquired factual crime titles Catching a Killer: The Search for Natalie Hemming (1 x 90), The Wind in the Willows Murder (1 x 60) and Murdered By My Fiancé (1 x 60) for the Crime and Investigation Channel.

This deal follows Orange Smarty’s recent package deal to TV4, which saw the Swedish broadcaster take more than 600 hours of content.

A+E Networks factual series head to Mexico’s TV Azteca

A+E Networks has closed a deal with Mexico’s TV Azteca for a roster of its factual series.

Anchoring the agreement is Hoarders (109 x 60), which takes viewers into the seemingly normal world of families homes who are, in reality, struggling to keep ahead of the insignificant things that have taken over their lives. Each ‘pack rat’ is given a clean slate and the series follows up weeks later to find out if they have kept their compulsion to collect at bay.

My Ghost Story (20 x 30) features true stories of the paranormal told by the people who lived through them and captured their hauntings on tape.

Also heading to TV Azteca is My Haunted House (39 x 60, pictured), which retells eyewitness accounts of terrified people whose dream homes have become nightmares brought to life; and UFO Hunters (37 x 60), following the team from UFO Magazine as they investigate UFO cases around the world.

Autlook Filmsales acquires the worldwide rights for two sports-related documentaries 

Austrian-based sales outfit Autlook Filmsales has picked up the worldwide rights for the sports-themed docs Time Trials and Over the Limit.

Produced by Sonja Henrici of SDI Productions and executive produced by Iain Smith, Time Trials offers insight into the world of professional cycling through the eyes of David Millar, the only British rider to have won all the Tour de France jerseys.

Marta Prus’ Over the Limit follows gymnast Rita Mamut making her way towards Olympic gold via the intensive Russian training system. Produced by Maciej Kubicki from Telemark in Poland and Hans Robert Eisenhauer of Ventana Film, the documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at the intense physical and mental labor required to shine in the sport.

Both docs are in the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) competition for Feature-length Documentary.

Page Six TV debuts on Hulu

Endemol Shine North America and the New York Post‘s nationally syndicated Page Six TV has launched exclusively on U.S. streaming service Hulu today (Nov.16).

Endemol Shine International has licensed Page Six TV – which launched in September in over 200 U.S. markets – to Hulu. Each daily 30-minute episode will be made available on the streaming platform the day after its broadcast debut.

Throughout the season, celebrities, comedians and newsmakers will join the show’s regular insiders where they offer their insights into the day’s top stories.

The show is hosted by John Fugelsang. Series insiders include Bevy Smith (Bravo’s Fashion Queens)Variety entertainment reporter Elizabeth Wagmeister and New York Post “Page Six” senior reporter Carlos Greer. “Page Six” editor Emily Smith and deputy editor Ian Mohr provide updates and insight, as well as exclusive first-looks into the latest breaking stories from the newsroom.

Kay O’Connell and Michael Bachmann serve as executive producers of Page Six TVNew York Post publisher and CEO Jesse Angelo, as well as Endemol Shine North America’s Michael Weinberg and Robert Smith also serve as executive producers. Kathleen Rajsp serves as co-executive producer.

Love Nature heads to Amazon Channels in Germany, Austria

Love Nature, a joint venture between Toronto’s Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, has launched on Amazon Channels in Germany and Austria.

Viewers in these regions will have exclusive access to Love Nature’s full library of programming, which includes 45 hours of original content. Translated to German, subscribers can watch the first season of Guardians of the Wild , a series that follows the daily challenges facing conservationists and scientists working in the Zambian wilderness, and The Big Dry, which highlights the challenges facing the Luangwa Valley’s wildlife during the long dry season. Strange Creatures has also been added to the platform.

Love Nature is available via linear TV in Canada and Singapore and as a streaming video platform in more than 65 countries worldwide.

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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