YouTube takes The Price of Free
Digital streaming platform YouTube has acquired Derek Doneen’s Sundance-winning, feature-length documentary debut, The Price of Free.
The 90-minute feature (pictured) provides an intimate look at Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi’s struggle to liberate children forced into slave labor due to rising global demands for cheap goods.
Using hidden cameras and playing the role of buyers at the factory to gain access, the doc follows Satyarthi and his team as they carry out raids to rescue and rehabilitate imprisoned children.
Produced by Davis Guggenheim (He Named Me Malala), The Price of Free zeroes in on Satyarthi’s attempts to find Sonu, a young boy trafficked to Delhi, India for work who has been missing for eight months.
Co-produced and co-financed by Participant Media and Concordia Studio, the 90-minute YouTube Original feature-length documentary will debut on YouTube channel SoulPancake – Participant’s digital division – on Nov. 27.
The film (formerly titled Kailash) premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize.
Sarah Anthony serves as producer alongside Guggenheim, with Purnima Raghunath as coproducer. Executive producers include Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Elise Pearlstein, Laurene Powell Jobs, Shannon Dill and Jonathan Silberberg.
The deal was negotiated by Gabriel Brakin, Participant Media’s general counsel and EVP of business affairs, and Krista Wegener, Participant’s SVP of sales & distribution, as well as Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun.
Germany’s VOX to visit Old People’s Home
Global film and TV distributor Red Arrow Studios International has sent popular factual format Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds to German broadcaster VOX.
Produced locally by RedSeven Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company, the series follows 10 four-year-olds as they share their classroom with 10 pensioners over a six-week period to attempt to scientifically prove that the two generations can transform the other’s well-being for the better.
Filming will begin Friday (Sept. 7) with the program scheduled for broadcast in 2019.
The series was created and originally produced by CPL Productions for Channel 4. A second season has recently been commissioned by the British pubcaster.
Red Arrow Studios International has sold the format – which most recently took home the Best Popular Factual Series at the Edinburgh TV Awards – to a range of territories, including France, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.
C5, Little Gem prep The Curvy Model Agency
British commercial television network Channel 5 has commissioned London-based indie Little Gem to produce a body-positive series documenting the daily activity at one of the UK’s high-end model agencies which specializes in ‘plus-sized’ models.
Tentatively titled The Curvy Model Agency, the 2 x 60-minute series will go behind the scenes at London’s Milk Management as it searches for the next plus-sized superstar. The agency signed the world’s first ever ‘XL supermodel’ and recent Cosmo cover girl Tess Holliday.
The executive producer for Little Gem is Ben Gale. The commissioning editor for Channel 5 is Daniel Pearl.
Passion Distribution boosts factual and doc roster
London-based sales house Passion Distribution has acquired a portfolio of documentary and factual entertainment content.
The distributor has secured the rights to Emma Willis: Delivering Babies (6 x 60 minutes), which chronicles Willis as she trains for three months on a busy maternity ward as a maternity care assistant; Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over (6 x 60 minutes), which follows Dooley as she spends 72-hours in the company of a wide range of characters; and Dr. Christian: 12 Hours To Cure Your Street (10 x 60 minutes), in which the doctor travels the UK in a fully-functional mobile clinic to treat individuals at their doorstep.
All three series have been produced by Firecracker Films for British multichannel operator UKTV’s entertainment channel, W.
Passion Distribution has also acquired Wild Pictures’ hour-long documentary The Trouble With Women. The film, which originally aired on BBC1, features journalist and presenter Anne Robinson as she meets women from across the country to find out what is preventing gender equality a century on from when women obtained the vote in the UK.
With files from Selina Chignall