Abramorama picks up North American rights to Kangaroo– A Love-Hate Story
Film distributor Abramorama has acquired North American rights to Kate and Mick McIntyre’s documentary on kangaroos.
Kangaroo – A Love-Hate Story will have its U.S. theatrical premiere on Jan. 19 at the Village East Cinemas in New York and the Laemmle’s Music Hall in Los Angeles, followed by a nationwide release to select cities.
Set in Australia, Kangaroo explores the complex and conflicting opinions held about the animal, as well as how it is affected by the destruction of the world’s wildlife.
Featuring footage of kangaroos in the wild, the film provides audiences with an intimate look at kangaroos, aiming to spark a conversation about the animal’s future.
Kangaroo was nominated for Best Documentary at this year’s Atom Awards and won Best Australian Film at the 2017 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in NYC.
Quintus Media secures sales from Maximus Film
Berlin-based Quintus Media has secured a number of sales from German factual prodco Maximus Film.
Polish pubcaster Polsat has acquired the first two seasons of The Most Dangerous Ways To School (5×48, pictured) while pan-Arab media organization Al Jazeera Media Network has also picked up the second season.
Meanwhile, Dutch broadcaster RTL has picked up Ultimate Vehicles (6×60) which features the most incredible civil and military aircraft ever built.
In addition, Israel’s Channel 8 has bagged Behind Bars: The World’s Toughest Prisons (6×60), a series that takes viewers into the world’s most notorious prisons.
Drive sells content to global broadcasters
UK prodco-funding and distribution agency Drive has made a raft of international sales from its broadcast partners on a range of factual content.
Smithsonian Channel has acquired 8 Days that Made Rome (8×60) for North America. Produced by October Films and Krempelwood for Channel 5, this series focuses on the eight days that created, tested and defined Rome.
Australia’s SBS TV has also acquired the series and Viasat World for Scandinavia, Central and Eastern European territories.
Discovery Italy has bought the second series’ of both The World’s Deadliest Drivers (13×30) and The World’s Deadliest Weather (13×60), both UGC series co-created by Drive Back2Back Productions.
Drive previously secured pre-sales for The World’s Deadliest Weather to BBC Worldwide for BBC Earth in Nordics, Africa, Poland, Asia and Central Eastern Europe.
Rounding out the sales, international media company Viasat World has bought Volatile Earth (3×60) for Scandinavia, Central and Eastern European territories. The series will be exclusive to Pay TV and include VOD rights for the first year.
Both Volatile Earth and 8 Days That Made Rome will air on Viasat History in 2018.
Volatile Earth was originally produced by Blink Films for PBS ‘Nova’ and Channel 4.
Breakthrough grabs worldwide rights to Manson doc
Toronto’s Breakthrough Entertainment has picked up worldwide distribution rights, excluding the U.S., to Charles Manson: The Final Words.
The two-hour documentary, produced by Calgary’s Pyramid Productions, debuted on U.S. net Reelz on Dec. 3, following Manson’s death in November.
The film, narrated by musician Rob Zombie, focuses on the Manson family murders of 1969 from Charles Manson’s perspective, and features the final recorded interview given by the cult leader and mass murderer.
Charles Manson: The Final Worlds is written and directed by Pyramid exec producer James Buddy Day (pictured). Kirstie and Larry Day produced the project.