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Sales roundup: Ro*co buyers coalition takes Sundance doc; TVF inks deals for arts titles

Ro*co buyers coalition takes Sundance doc Bay Area-based ro*co films’ buyers coalition has returned from the 2018 Sundance Film festival with rights to Stephanie Soechtig’s The Devil We Know (pictured). For the third ...
March 8, 2018

Ro*co buyers coalition takes Sundance doc

Bay Area-based ro*co films’ buyers coalition has returned from the 2018 Sundance Film festival with rights to Stephanie Soechtig’s The Devil We Know (pictured).

For the third year, ro*co films assembled a coalition of Global Documentary Media Buyers who pooled their resource to acquire docs at Sundance.

Each coalition partner committed to paying a competitive license fee for the broadcast rights to the film in their territory, in order to offer one premium offer. Their commitment includes the guarantee that the film will be supported with local marketing and PR.

The Devil We Know focuses on a story that unfolded in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where the multi-national chemical corporation DuPont exposed its workers and an entire community to C8, a toxic chemical.

The deal was negotiated by Annie Roney and Cristine Platt Dewey of ro*co films, representing the coalition and Cinetic Media, the film’s sales agent.  As part of the deal, ro*co films has signed on to manage all international rights for the film.

The coalition of buyers includes BBC Storyville (UK), Danmarks Radio (Denmark), Norsk rikskringkasting AS (Norway), Raidió Teilifís Éireann (Ireland), Sveriges Television (Sweden), Telefonica (Spain) and D.B.S Satellite Services (Israel).

 

Syndicado acquires Tony Palmer docs

Toronto-based sales house Syndicado has acquired digital distribution rights to seven documentaries from British director Tony Palmer.

Titles featured in the deal include The World of Peter Sellers, The World of Hugh Hefner, The World of Liberace, Hindemith, O, Fortuna! and The Wagner Family.

The agreement also includes Palmer and Isolde Films’ feature Bird on a Wire — a documentary that followed Leonard Cohen during his legendary 1972 tour.

Syndicado focuses on global digital distribution to Internet and cable VOD outlets such as Amazon, iTunes, Google, Vudu and Shudder.

“Kids in Power” travels to Spain

Tel Aviv-based sales firm Gil Formats has secured a deal with El Terrat in Spain for the format Kids in Power.

The format sees families reverse roles over a period of one week, with parents giving complete authority to their children.

It aims to showcase what children truly want and also help them to realize the weight of their parents’ responsibilities.

Kids in Power is in co-development with South Korean media company CJ E&M, which aired its first adaptation on TVN in Korea. It was previously picked up in Germany by Eldorado TV.

TVF inks deals for arts titles

London-based factual distributor TVF has inked several deals for arts-themed titles.

ARTE ZDF has picked up BBC & PBS doc Basquiat: Rage to Riches (1 x 53; pictured), which profiles legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Histoire, France has bought the blue chip doc Hokusai: Old Man Crazy to Pain (1 x 59), while Redfitz Productions’ Conflict (1 x 52) was bought by RTP Portugal, AMC Networks Hungary, Canada’s TVO and Spanish public broadcaster RTVE.

Aussie doc You See Monsters (1 x 60) from Chemical Media and African Ladies Troupe (1 x 52) from Reflex Productions were picked up by Sky Arts New Zealand. The channel also secured rights to RTE’s competition format Painting the Nation (12 x 30/60 minutes).

Elsewhere, Sky Life Korea, Mindset Health Africa and Knowledge Network Canada are the latest broadcasters to license the 75-part series Brilliant Ideas.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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