Sky Vision, the production and international distribution arm of European media co Sky, has closed a first look deal with French indie group Elephant.
The deal gives Sky Vision first option to Elephant Doc’s factual slate, including the already-launched Agents of the Shadows and forthcoming titles The Curse of Vologne and Petit Panda.
Agents of the Shadows (1 x 60 minutes), which looks at the mysterious world of French espionage, was produced for Canal+ and has already been sold to multiple territories. Elsewhere, The Curse of Vologne (4 x 45 minutes) is a crime series for France 3 that examines one of the nation’s most infamous child murders.
On the fluffier side of life, Petit Panda serves as a one-off 60-minute documentary about the first baby panda born in France.
Sky Vision has also acquired Elephant Doc’s series Extraordinary Powers of the Human Body which premiered on France 2. Since its launch at Mipcom 2017, it has traveled to numerous territories including China, Hong Kong and the BBC Earth channel in Africa, Poland and Asia. Elephant Group worked with Sky Vision to create a 6 x 60 minutes bespoke version of the series for the global market.
The deal between Sky Vision and Elephant was negotiated by Ben Hall, chief creative officer at iZen TV, of which Elephant is a co-founder; Gael Leiblang, head of documentaries for Elephant Doc; and Andrew Bowers, acquisitions manager at Sky Vision.
“We are delighted to be working with Sky Vision to bring our content to a wider international audience,” said Elephant Doc MD Leiblang in a statement. “The deal we have agreed works for us all in that it gives us the resource to create bespoke international versions rather than simply re-voicing our films which will, in turn, deliver for Sky Vision and for us.”