ABC Commercial inks deal with China’s national broadcaster for 72 Cutest Animals
ABC Commercial has inked a deal with China’s national broadcaster Central Cooperation International Co. for the factual series 72 Cutest Animals.
The two-year deal will see the 12 x 30-minute series broadcast on the network’s documentary channel CCTV9.
72 Cutest Animals is a countdown that looks at some of the cutest animals on the planet, from koalas to bats. It aims to unearth the unusual characteristics that actually make an animal cute.
FremantleMedia acquires Japanese entertainment format Vs Kids
FremantleMedia has acquired the format rights to the entertainment series Vs Kids from Japan’s TV Asahi.
The series pits former professionals against a new generation of stars. Both champions in their respective categories, the pair compete to see who will be the ultimate winner. No advantages are given to the child competitor, and no handicaps are given to the pros. Throughout the competition, professional commentators give a live play-by-play.
Vs Kids (pictured) originally launched in October 2016, later expand from athletic competitions to include both academic and game categories.
Quintus Media secures sales for documentaries Mega Transports and Ultimate Vehicles
International distributor and media agency Quintus Media has secured sales for two of its factual series Mega Transports and Ultimate Vehicles.
Public broadcaster TVNZ has acquired Mega Transports (6 x 60) and Ultimate Vehicles (6 x 60) for its male-skewed entertainment channel Duke. Both series are produced by Maximum Film GmbH
Mega Transports offers insight into the planning and preparation of large-scale transport, such as mega yachts which must be moved across the world seas, or even whole villages which need to be relocated under time constraints. Each move requires precise planning over the course of weeks, and sometimes months.
Elsewhere, Ultimate Vehicles looks at civil and military aircraft, tanks, ships and trains. Each episode features five of the most extravagant four-wheel vehicles in the world, their technical details and the history behind these means of transportation.
The deal was brokered by UK-based media and entertainment company Parade Media.
Mega Transports has also been picked up by National Geographic, India.
Blue Ant expands into Asia-Pacific
Blue Ant Media has inked distribution deals across the Asia Pacific region for its multiple channels.
The deal includes Love Nature, a joint venture with Smithsonian Networks, and its 4K and HD linear channels; ZooMoo, a children’s nature linear television channel and joint venture with AT&T; and recently acquired linear channels Blue Ant Entertainment and Blue Ant Extreme.
Blue Ant Media has extended its carriage deal of Blue Ant Entertainment and Blue Ant Extreme on TrueVisions in Thailand for an additional two years. The two channels have also found their way to AIS in Thailand on the AIS OTT platform. Blue Ant Entertainment will also continue its carriage on Now TV (PCCW) in Hong Kong for three more years and the TV service provider has also picked up Blue Ant Extreme as part of this deal.
Love Nature and ZooMoo will launch on Dhirragu Maldives, a digital service provider in the Maldives.