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Sales roundup: Blue Ant Int’l goes to Germany; TCB titles head to U.S.

Zig Zag inks distribution deals with South Korean copros British indie Zig Zag Productions has inked international distribution deals for two factual series it co-produced with South Korean firms. The first agreement ...
April 9, 2018

Zig Zag inks distribution deals with South Korean copros

British indie Zig Zag Productions has inked international distribution deals for two factual series it co-produced with South Korean firms.

The first agreement is a deal with Blue Ant International who will distribute Korean Food Alive (pictured), a food and travel series starring Chinese-American chef Martin Yan. The 13 x 30-minute series sees Yan journey across South Korea to find the secrets behind the country’s healthy and delicious cuisine.

The series is slated for broadcast on CJ E&M.

Korean Food Alive is a copro between Zig Zag, South Korean producer Media Story 9 and CJ E&M. Korean producer Buzz Media supervised the series, which was part-funded by 81TV, a Hong Kong-based entertainment company.

The second agreement sees international distributor DRG acquiring the global rights (outside of South Korea and China) to distribute technology-focused docuseries Future Human; AI (3 x 60 minutes), which explores the future of artificial intelligence.

Co-produced with South Korean broadcaster MBC and Korean producer Buzz Media, the series was part-funded by KCA, the content agency part of the government’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

Blue Ant International takes content to Germany 

More than 140 hours of content from Blue Ant International, a transatlantic distributor of premium content and division of Blue Ant Media, has been picked up by German broadcasters.

Discovery Communications in Germany has acquired a roster of programming including Our House Media’s Paranormal Survivor (seasons 1-3; 30 x 60 minutes; HD). As part of the deal, Blue Ant International has also pre-sold Paranormal Survivor season four (10 x 60 minutes; HD), which is currently in production. Sales to Discovery Communications also include three additional Our House Media-produced series: Haunted Case Files (13 x 60 minutes; HD); Scariest Night of My Life (13 x 60 minutes; HD); and Airport Below Zero (10 x 60 minutes; HD). Rounding out the sale is UFOs: The Lost Evidence (6 x 60 minutes; HD), produced by Meglomedia.

Elsewhere, broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has secured seasons one through three of home reno series Brojects (39 x 30-minutes; HD), as well as spin-off series, Brojects In The House, seasons one and two (26 x 30 minutes; HD). Additionally, the broadcaster has acquired Warships (6 x 60 minutes) and Architect Films’ Extreme Collectors  (14 x 30 minutes; HD).

ZDF, meanwhile, has picked up Canada: The Story of Us (10 x 60 minutes; HD), produced by Bristow Global Media; and Valley of Flood and Fire (3 x 60 minutes; 4K and HD), which was created in partnership with Love Nature and Plimsoll Productions.

German factual specialist Autentic GmbH has taken Network Entertainment’s The Cowboy (2 x 45 minutes; HD) for its channel Spiegel Geschichte, while German and French-speaking European channel ARTE has snapped up Love Nature’s original hour-long documentary Alaskan Summer.

Finally, Docs de Cologne has picked up Markham Street Films’ crime documentary Fight for Justice: David and Me (1 x 90 minutes; HD), and RTL has acquired two original Love Nature series for its German pay-TV channel: Wild Israel (5 x 60 minutes; 4K and HD) and Wild Survivors (3 x 60 minutes; 4K and HD).

PBS Int’l sells Trump Takeover to eight broadcasters

PBS International has sold the PBS ‘Frontline’ documentary Trump’s Takeover to eight global broadcasters.

Broadcasters signing on for the film include Denmark’s DR; CBC in Canada; RTE in Ireland; SBS Australia; Belgium’s VRT; YLE in Finland, DirectTV in Latin America; and SRC for French-speaking Canada.

The documentary tells the inside story of President Donald Trump’s vow to take down the Washington establishment, and his fight to control the Republican Party. The documentary features interviews with veteran Republican legislators, House Freedom Caucus members, senior White House officials, authors, journalists and those closest to Trump.

TCB Media Rights titles head to U.S. 

London-based rights-ownership and distribution company TCB Media Rights has sold three of its factual titles to broadcasters in the U.S.

Discovery, Inc.’s Science Channel has re-upped engineering series Abandoned Engineering (16 x 60 minutes) for a sophomore season. The series, which is co-produced with Like A Shot Entertainment, looks at some of the world’s most spectacular engineering projects and has now been sold to the UK, Germany, Italy, Nordic territories, Central and Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Elsewhere, Smithsonian Channel has acquired The Private Lives of the Monarchs (5 x 60 minutes; Like A Shot Entertainment). The series – which originally aired on UKTV, SBS Australia and Viasat - explores five iconic monarchs behind the myths.

The Weather Channel, meanwhile, has licensed The World’s Wildest Weather (6 x 60 minutes; Title Role Productions). Commissioned for broadcasters Channel 9, Sky TV NZ and RMC Découverte, The World’s Wildest Weather uses first-hand witnesses, CGI and user-generated content to explore nature’s most dramatic and catastrophic phenomena.

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