Magnify Media takes Political Blind Date
UK-based distribution and rights-management specialist Magnify Media will rep the social experiment format Political Blind Date, which debuted on TVO in Canada in 2017.
Magnify has taken all rights to the series, excluding North America. Political Blind Date (pictured) has already been optioned in Israel by Zygote Films, and series creator Open Door Co. is in discussions for the U.S. market. TVO has commissioned a second season of the series.
Produced by Open Door Co. and Nomad Films, Political Blind Date features two seasoned political adversaries who meet face to face and speak about a polarizing topic they disagree on, such as immigration or the legalization of cannabis. They each then have the opportunity to take one another to a location or to meet people who illustrate their point of view. The aim of this approach is to get politicians to move beyond partisan politics and language and to connect to one another.
Cineflix Rights closes European presales for Sinking Cities
UK indie content distributor Cineflix Rights has presold the climate-focused series Sinking Cities to European broadcasters.
Slated for its U.S. premiere later this year, Sinking Cities will also air in multiple territories across Europe following the pre-sales to Discovery Europe and RMC Découverte France. Cineflix Rights will launch the show at next month’s MIPTV market in Cannes.
Sinking Cities (4 x 60 minutes, Cineflix Productions) follows local planners, first-responders, scientists and engineers in different coastal cities around the world as they gear up to battle climate change.
Orange Smarty secures rights to Channel 5′s Do The Right Thing
British indie factual distributor Orange Smarty has secured the rights to Channel 5′s series and format Do The Right Thing.
Made by London-based indie GooWoo Media, the series tells the “extraordinary stories of ordinary people.”
Do The Right Thing adds to Orange Smarty’s growing slate of formats that have been signed to the distributor since it launched its formats division last year, led by industry veteran Lynn Lugsden who heads up sales and acquisitions.
DCD Rights greenlight’s 21st Century Killer
DCD Rights has greenlit the factual crime series 21st Century Killer through DCD’s Producer Support Initiative.
Produced by Stratford, UK-based indie FirstLookTV, 21st Century Killer reveals why murderous people do what they do and how the public could have spotted them if they only knew the signs.
The 7 x 60-minute series has been pre-sold to UKTV for its Really channel and will be showcased at MIPTV.