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Banijay Rights, Nimble Dragon secure first-look deal

Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has penned an exclusive first-look deal with Tess Cuming and Dylan Wyn Davies’ Cardiff-based popular factual indie Nimble Dragon. The first project to ...
March 13, 2018

Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has penned an exclusive first-look deal with Tess Cuming and Dylan Wyn Davies’ Cardiff-based popular factual indie Nimble Dragon.

The first project to come from the agreement is the previously announced Sun, Sea and Brides to Be, produced for UK pubcaster Channel 4. The 20 x 60-minute getaway series follows British wedding planners as they design faraway dream weddings for their brides and grooms on the island of Cyprus.

The London-based distribution shop has also unveiled a new-look factual slate ahead of the MIPTV market in Cannes next month.

Anchoring Banijay Rights’ French Riviera-bound portfolio are two seasons of 7Wonder’s Back to the Land (pictured), with a total of 15 x 50-minute episodes available, produced for BBC2. Presented by Kate Humble, the series meets people striving to make their countryside business a success.

Hour-long documentary Putin and the Mafia, from Banijay Group’s KM for France2 and RTS, has already been pre-sold to a number of territories and will debut on the Croisette. The hour-long film investigates the links between the Russian mafia and its head of state.

Banijay will also be bringing KM’s Inside Lehman Brothers to market. The 60-minute doc for ARTE looks back on the bank’s collapse through the personal testimony of some of the key whistleblowers. It has been pre-sold to Finland’s YLE, Canada’s Radio-Canada, Belgium’s RTBF, Switzerland’s RTS, Sweden’s SVT, Denmark’s DR and the Netherlands’ VPRO.

KM’s Carlos The Jackal for France2 has pre-sold to RTBF, RTS, SVT and YLE. The 60-minute project profiles one of the world’s most notorious terrorists.

Two new seasons of Minnow Films’ popular factual series SAS: Who Dares Wins will also be showcased in Cannes in April. The 5 x 60-minute competition series for Channel 4 pits civilian recruits through a raft of physical and psychological tests taken from the real selection process for the Special Air Service.

Finally, the UK sales house will unveil season five of Blast! Films’ The Supervet (20 x 60 minutes for Channel 4), which follows the life-saving efforts of British veterinary hospital Fitzpatrick Referrals.

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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