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Sales roundup: Syndicado, Banijay Rights, Gil Formats secure deals

Exclusive: Syndicado secures 100-plus hours of digital distribution content Toronto-based digital sales house Syndicado has secured distribution deals with three European companies to acquire more than 100 hours of factual content ...
January 29, 2018

Exclusive: Syndicado secures 100-plus hours of digital distribution content

Toronto-based digital sales house Syndicado has secured distribution deals with three European companies to acquire more than 100 hours of factual content for the U.S. and abroad.

Syndicado has acquired 10 documentary film titles from Madrid-based international distributor Feelsales, including The Turkish Way (pictured), a travelogue following three brothers as they explore the culinary potential of Turkey; and Santa Fiesta, documenting Spain’s animal cruelty in religious festivals.

French sales agent Java Films, meanwhile, has sold 18 doc titles for worldwide digital distribution, excluding France. Included in the deal are investigative doc Post Truth Times, which explores how developments in media and journalism are shaping society; Church: Code of Silence, revealing how the church protects priests accused of pedophilia; and Miami SWAT, which trails the city’s elite police unit.

Finally, Syndicado reached an agreement with Bristol-based indie Filmcell International, in which Syndicado took more than 46 hours of content the U.S. and Canadian market. The catalog includes four series of Carib-Asian Cookery, paranormal reality series Shadow Chasers, and The Barber Lounge, in which local heroes and celebrities are interviewed from the barber’s chair.

“We’re delighted to round out our factual slate with Spanish language docs as well as new TV series from around the world,” said Syndicado president Greg Rubidge in a statement. “Our major digital outlet partners for AVOD and SVOD continue to expand and look for new audiences through content curation and niche focus.”

Syndicado recently inked a 40-plus hour sales deal with Screen Media Ventures-owned streaming service Popcornflix. In November, the company launched Syndicado Film Sales, a dedicated film sales business based in Europe led by Aleksandar Govedarica.

Banijay Rights links with Denmark’s TV2

Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has penned a deal with Denmark’s TV2 that will see 170 hours of factual content transmitting across the pubcaster throughout the year.

Anchoring the deal is 10 Puppies and Us (4 x 60 minutes; RDF Television for BBC2), which charts the lives of puppies for first six months; and season two of Saving Lives at Sea (12 x 60 minutes, Blast! Films for BBC2), following volunteers who risk it all to provide a rescue service for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Also heading to the Nordic region is season 20 of LocationLocation Location (17 x 60 minutes, IWC Media for Channel 4), shadowing property experts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer as they help families in search of their dream home, as well as the relicense of five additional earlier seasons of property series; and three seasons of SecretDealers (RDF Television for ITV), in which dealers bid on the antiquated items of homeowners.

 Gil Formats sends Capturing the Moment Down Under

Australian superindie producer CJZ Group has acquired fact-ent format Capturing the Moment from Tel Aviv-based content creator and distributor Gil Formats.

The six-episode series, which has been acquired for the Australian and New Zealand territories, focuses on people over age 75 who share their experiences and wisdom around topics such as love, family, careers and sex.

Each episode focuses on a specific subject and personal tale that is summed up by an old photo, which is then recreated by a top photographer.

The format was previously commissioned in Spain, Germany, Israel, Greece, Poland and Czech Republic.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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