Sales roundup: Kino Lorber takes “Grace Jones”; Gil Formats’ “Prank Star” lands in Spain

Kino Lorber picks up Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to the WestEnd Films-produced feature doc Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. The doc, directed ...
January 12, 2018

Kino Lorber picks up Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to the WestEnd Films-produced feature doc Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.

The doc, directed by Sophie Fiennes, offers a new perspective on Jamaican-born model and singer Grace Jones. It contrasts musical sequences with personal footage, providing an unseen side of the music and fashion icon.

Grace Jones bowed at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and the company plans a theatrical release in early April. It was produced by Katie Holly of Dublin-based Blinder Films, alongside Sophie Fiennes, Shani Hinton and Beverly Jones. The film is backed by BBC Films, the BFI, the Irish Film Board and Roads Entertainment.

Executive producers also include James Wilson, Francesca Von Hapsburg and Émilie Blézat. 

The deal between Kino Lorber and WestEnd Films was negotiated by Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Eve Schoukroun and Sofia Neves at WestEnd Films.

Gil Formats’ Prank Star lands in Spain

Spain’s Zebra Productions will be creating a local adaptation of competition series Prank Star from Gil Formats.

Gil has also secured deals for the format in France with R&G and in the U.S. with Lionsgate. The Italian version of the format launched on Mediaset’s Italia 1 in March 2017.

The series revolves around the search for the country’s best prankster. Following an audition process, the show gives contestants specific pranks, hidden camera challenges and comedy scenarios that they must try to pull off. The best pranksters will then advance to a finale, where they perform pranks on a larger and more daring scale.

Twofour seals factual sales across Europe and Latin America

Indie media group Twofour has inked a deal with Sky Italia for a 20-hour package of factual titles, including Extreme Cake Makers, Feeding the Super Rich, Inside Mandarin Oriental, The World’s Most Expensive Presents and Born to Kill: Class of Evil.

Born to Kill has also been picked up by Bell Media, French Canada and The History Channel in Iberia.

RMC Decouverte in France has acquired the rights to science and history factual series Impossible Railways. Societe Radio-Canada has also secured the series for French-speaking Canada for their channel Ici Explora, and Discovery Italy has licensed the show for Italy.

A deal has been finalized with Discovery Latin America for the dating series Strip Date, while The World’s Most Expensive Presents has found a home with RTL Nederland and Medialaan in Belgium.

The deals were secured by VP of sales EMEA and Latin America, Eniela Bella.

Magnify Media sells Rescue Dog to Super Dog

UK-based distributor and rights management company Magnify Media has announced a format license with Germany’s SAT.1 for Rescue Dog to Super Dog .

SAT.1, part of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, will debut the Docma TV-produced series this weekend. The four episodes see rescue dogs trained intensively to become dogs for eight people with a wide range of disabilities.

Magnify Media has also signed the global representation rights to the U.S. version of Rescue Dog to Super Dog (6 x 60 minutes), which was produced for Animal Planet. The format has also been optioned by Monster Entertainment for Norway, DLO for Spain and Portugal, and Endemol Shine for France.

Rescue Dog to Super Dog was originally commissioned by Channel 4 in the UK. The finished UK show, produced by Plimsoll, has also been sold to Nippon TV in Japan, Manoto TV in Iran, MediaWorks in New Zealand, Rai in Italy, TV2 Denmark and Sat.1 Gold Germany.

In addition to the U.S. adaptation for Animal Planet, the show went into production this spring for French-speaking Belgium public-service broadcaster RTBF, which aired as two primetime specials.



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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.