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Sales Roundup: global sales for “Masters of Dance,” “The Surprise Teacher”

Keshet International sells Masters of Dance abroad Talent competition show Masters of Dance (pictured) is heading to Vietnam in an acquisition deal with Purpose Media. HCM City Television Channel 3 will air two seasons in ...
April 11, 2018
Keshet International sells Masters of Dance abroad

Talent competition show Masters of Dance (pictured) is heading to Vietnam in an acquisition deal with Purpose Media. HCM City Television Channel 3 will air two seasons in the fall.

The 22 x 60-minute/90-minute format takes four professional dancers and choreographers and challenges them to form a new company of dancers who must compete in dance battles. Masters of Dance has also sold to Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, Polish prodco Rochstar and Endemol Shine in Spain.

The first series, created by Keshet Broadcasting and produced by Tedy Productions, has pulled great ratings in Israel, attracting an average audience share of 24% higher than the most recent dancing show airing on Israel. A second series has been commissioned to air on Keshet’s own channel Keshet 12 in Israel.

Cinema Guild acquires Hale County This Morning, This Evening
New York-based distribution company Cinema Guild has picked up the U.S. distribution rights for RaMell Ross’ Hale County This Morning, This Evening. 
Produced by Idiom Film and Louverture Films, the doc paints a picture of life for two young African-American men in rural Alabama.
Ross’ directorial debut held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for creative vision. Most recently, the film won Full Frame Film Festival’s top prize, the Reva and David Logan Award.
French-Canadian prodco acquires The Surprise Teacher rights
French-Canadian production company Avanti Ciné Vidéo has taken the local rights to Armoza Formats’ factual entertainment format The Surprise Teacher.
The deal marks the first for the 60-minute format, in which every week a new celebrity will surprise a high school class and become their substitute teacher.
The series was originally produced by Palomar Productions and will air on Italy’s Rai 2 in mid-May.
Cineflix Rights’ crime and investigation slate racks up global sales

Indie content distributor Cineflix Rights has unveiled multiple deals for titles from its market-leading crime and investigation slate.

True crime series Homicide: Hours to Kill (26 x 60 minutes, Cineflix Productions) has sold to Investigation Discovery U.S., A+E Networks UK, History Channel Iberia, and PCCW Hong Kong. In the series, investigators reconstruct a timeline of the murder, find the motive and discover the identity of the murderer.

Meanwhile, a series from the point-of-view of the medical examiner, Secrets of the Morgue (13 x 60 minutes, Cineflix Productions), has pre-sold to A+E UK, Germany, Benelux, CEE, South Africa, and the Middle East.

Other sales include Border Security: America’s Front Line season two selling to SBS Holland, TV2 Denmark, CBS AMC Networks EMEA Channels Partnership, and Netflix (U.S.); and its first season sold to Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL Croatia.

Bizarre Murders sold to Discovery Poland and Discovery Benelux, while the third season of Crimes That Shook Australia was snapped up by the CBS AMC Networks EMEA Channels Partnership.

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