MY Entertainment, VCC ink deal
New York-based MY Entertainment has inked a deal with the Video Call Centre to co-develop show formats and series.
The two companies will also look to further develop some existing programs within the VCC catalogue, which My Entertainment will pitch for sale to networks.
The VCC has produced hundreds of workshop programs incorporating live video callers. The company will provide production expertise and serve as co-producer on any programs that go into development. MY Entertainment will act as executive producer and manage distribution rights on all shows.
“Every content provider has been trying to crack the code in developing social media based, formatted programs,” said Joe Townley, EP and COO for MY Entertainment, in a statement. “We believe the VCC has developed the technology and the specialized production expertise to break through with that programming.”
ARTE sells Lanzmann’s latest in the U.S.
American distributor Cohen Media Group has acquired the North American rights to acclaimed filmmaker Claude Lanzmann’s documentary project The Four Sisters (pictured).
CMG acquired the 273-minute project from ARTE Distribution, the sales arm of Franco-German broadcaster ARTE.
Produced by Synecdoche and ARTE France, the four remastered films, originally intended for Lanzmann’s great epic, Shoah, are built around four Holocaust survivors with unique destinies, each finding herself unexpectedly alive after the end of World War II.
Cohen Media Group will give each film a theatrical release in North America.
The distribution deal – announced at the 2018 Realscreen Summit in Washington, DC – was negotiated by John Kochman, EVP of CMG, and Céline Payot-Lehmann, head of international distribution at ARTE France.
Java Films picks up Spanish true crime series
Parisian indie documentary distributor Java Films has taken the rights to the acclaimed Spanish true crime docuseries Death in Léon.
Produced by JWP, in association with Movistar, the 253-minute docuseries investigates the murder of Isabel Carrasco, the president of the Provincial Council of León, Spain. The controversial politician was shot to death in May 2014 as she walked from her home to a political party meeting.
Java Films will be at the European Film Market, running Feb. 15-23, to launch a new slate of feature documentaries and factual series.