All3Media Int’l, ViuTV strike content deal
Indie distributor All3Media International has made a raft of deals for its factual content with Hong Kong-based channel ViuTV.
The deal sees more than 100 hours of All3Media’s culinary, health and lifestyle and crime programming heading to the Cantonese-language network throughout 2018. The titles include Ramsay Studio’s culinary game show Culinary Genius (20 x 60 minutes for ITV); food variety series The F Word USA (11 x 60 minutes, for Fox); cookery program Secret Chef (4 x 60 minutes, for ITV); and baking coot camp show Worst Bakers in America (6 x 60 minutes, Optomen Television for Food Network USA).
ViuTV has also acquired Studio Ramsay’s two-part investigative special for ITV, Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine. The channel also picked up eleven episodes of South Pacific Pictures’ Forensics (for Prime, New Zealand) as well as the two-part special Murder on the Internet from Spun Gold TV for Channel 5, and The Innocence Network (4 x 60 minutes), from Pernel Media for 13e Rue, France.
Also heading to the Hong Kong channel are Swan Film’s hour-long doc Being Bipolar (for Channel 4), and two seasons of Studio Lambert’s Body Fixers (20 x 60 minutes) and Tattoo Fixers (seasons one and two, 24 x 60 minutes in total), both produced for British-Irish digital television channel E4.
Additional sales include North One Television’s Our Guy in China, following Guy Martin as he ignores the usual tourist destinations to uncover different aspects of China (3 x 60 minutes, Channel 4), and Spun Gold TV’s one-hour special World’s Ugliest Pets, produced for ITV.
Drive inks deals with UK factual producers
UK distributor Drive has brokered deals with a host of British factual producers to distribute their content.
Included in the deals are single documentary films and unscripted series from Oxford Films, October Films, Ad Hoc Films and Bedlam Productions.
Anchoring the slate is Oxford Films’ hour-long one-off Putin: The New Tsar (pictured), which looks at Vladimir Putin’s ascent to power. The film premiered on BBC2 on March 9.
From October Films, 3 x 60-minute docuseries Inside the EU will delve into the inner workings of the European Parliament. Filmed over the course of one year, the series shows the high stakes emotions and tactics of some of Britain’s most misunderstood public servants in the build-up to Brexit. Inside the EU was originally produced for Channel 4.
From Ad Hoc Films comes the docuseries Fight Game (3 x 30 minutes) that follows the McGuigan family of Ireland and their stable of boxers in their pursuit of glory. Fight Game was originally produced for BBC1.
Finally, Mafia Killers with Colin McLaren (6 x 60 minutes) from London-based Bedlam Productions features Mafia-busting detective Colin McLaren who takes a look at six notorious mobsters. He traces their rise out of poverty to wealth and power before paying the ultimate price. Explored in the series are the lives of mobsters John Gotti, Henry Hill, Sammy Gravano and Vincent ‘Chin’ Gigante. The series was originally commissioned by REELZ.
Flame Distribution content goes global
Australian sales house Flame Distribution has sold a host of its content to global broadcasters.
The deals include a 130-hour package deal with Oposum in Albania and Kosovo. Titles include wildlife programs Bahama Blue, The Island Project and science series The Age of Robots.
The Island Project has also been picked up by Horse & Country TV, while The Age of Robots was sold to Sweden’s Axess Publishing.
Bahama Blue is also part of a package deal with Croatian broadcaster HRT, and has been acquired by Spanish pubcaster RTVE along with the second season of Redesign My Brain. The latter series was also sold to DR in Denmark.
Science title The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World has been sold to ITI Neovision in Poland and Finnish pubcaster YLE, who has also acquired Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America.
Elsewhere, Sweden’s TV4 picked up crime series The Sheriffs Are Coming and Discovery Poland picked up Mind Over Money.
Meanwhile, NGC Network Australia acquired the history title Kokoda: The Spirit Lives and Australian pubcaster SBS has taken the documentary It’s Not Just Me.
In France, pucaster France Ô acquired Zach’s Ceremony; AB Thematiques acquired French-speaking rights for the series Restoration Garage, Pet Island and The Hunters Club; and the first season of Railroad Australia and the fifth season of Outback Truckers were sold to RMC.
In South Africa, Ignition Channel acquired Bike World, Restoration Garage and Ultimate Wheels. Elsewhere in South Africa, lifestyle series Get Growing was sold to the Home Channel.
Finally Philippines-based Cignal TV took food series A Chef’s Life and Ben’s Menu.
FilmRise acquires rights to Modern Hero
New York-based film and television distributor FilmRise has acquired worldwide TV and digital rights to Ready Set Productions short-form docuseries Modern Hero.
Modern Hero highlights female trailblazers who are defying immense challenges and making a difference in their careers and the world. Co-created and hosted by journalist Julia Fisher Farbman with co-creator Cindy Connors, the series celebrates female role models of all ages, careers and backgrounds. Featured in the series are a variety of women, including Ronald McDonald House Charities co-founder Dr. Audrey Evans and 16-year old Little League star Mo’ne Davis.
The deal was brokered between FilmRise’s VP of acquisitions Max Einhorn, and Farbman and Connors of Ready Set Productions.