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Sales roundup: Amazon Prime Video UK takes “American Idol”; DCD Rights content goes global

Amazon Prime Video UK takes American Idol Amazon Prime Video UK has inked a deal with FremantleMedia International to bring the singing competition show American Idol exclusively to its platform in Britain. FremantleMedia International has also ...
March 15, 2018

Amazon Prime Video UK takes American Idol

Amazon Prime Video UK has inked a deal with FremantleMedia International to bring the singing competition show American Idol exclusively to its platform in Britain.

FremantleMedia International has also sent the format globally, completing deals for the new series in 150 territories. These deals include broadcasters CTV (Canada), Foxtel (Australia), Canal Sony (Latin America), MNET (Africa), SIC (Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa), Intervision (Greece), Three (New Zealand), Fjarskipti (Iceland), Novalifε (Greece), Sia All Media (Lithuania), Marjan Television (Farsi-speaking MENA), beIN (MENA) and beIN Series Home & Entertainment (Turkey).

Judging the next music superstar hopefuls include Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, while Ryan Seacrest returns to host the series.

DCD Rights content goes global 

UK indie distributor DCD Rights has inked new deals for its factual portfolio with broadcasters around the world.

IMG’s observational series Facing the Fire (for UKTV) has secured a pre-sale with Discovery for German-speaking Europe. The 18 x 60-minute series follows a team of firefighters as they don body cameras to show audiences what its like to be part of England’s biggest and busiest fire service.

Elsewhere, the third season of Electric Pictures’ reality series Aussie Gold Hunters has been renewed at pre-sale by international media company Viasat World for markets including Russia, CIS, CEE and the Nordics. Produced by APAC for Discovery, Aussie Gold Hunters follows the tough but charismatic gold prospectors of the Western Australian goldfields.

DCD Rights has signed a series of deals with Discovery for ThinkFactory Media’s Mama June: From Not to Hot. Both seasons one and two – which follow Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Mama June as she tries to lose weight – have been secured by Discovery for the UK, Ireland, Benelux, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia territories. Season one has also been picked up by Discovery for Italy and Latin America, and Telewizja Polsat in Poland.

Elsewhere, the reboot of Bridezillas has been secured by Australia’s Nine Network and Medialaan in Belgium, while British commercial broadcaster ITV has signed season eight (Family Edition) of ThinkFactory Media’s Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (11 x 60 minutes, for WE tv) for its digital channel ITVBe.

Greenwich Entertainment acquires rights to Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to director Sasha Waters Freyer‘s documentary about the life of 20th-century photographer Garry Winogrand.

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable most recently enjoyed its world premiered at SXSW 2018 where it took home  Special Jury Recognition for Best Feminist Reconsideration of a Male Artist.

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable is an intimate portrait of the New York native photographer who, when he suddenly died at the age of 56 in 1984, left behind more than 10,000 rolls of film – amounting to more than a quarter of a million photos. These images capture a bygone era: the New York of Mad Men, the burgeoning years of the women’s movement, and the glamour and isolation of Hollywood.

The film was executive produced by Michael Kantor of American Masters Pictures, David Koh, Alice Koh and Dan Braun. The filmmakers were represented by David Koh of Submarine, who negotiated the deal with Greenwich’s Arentz.

Greenwich will release the film in theaters later this year. The film will also have its exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere on PBS documentary strand ‘American Masters’.

Canadian distribution rights were also sold to Films We Like. That deal was negotiated by Koh of Submarine and Ron Mann of Films We Like.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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