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Extra: “Fashion Hero” goes international; DCD sells music programming

The Fashion Hero heads to Latin America, Turkey Laval, Quebec-based prodco Beauty World Search has sold broadcast rights to fashion competition format The Fashion Hero in Latin America, Turkey and in a number of ...
September 12, 2018

The Fashion Hero heads to Latin America, Turkey

Laval, Quebec-based prodco Beauty World Search has sold broadcast rights to fashion competition format The Fashion Hero in Latin America, Turkey and in a number of CEE territories.

Mexican media company Televisa has acquired rights to air the series throughout Latin America (except Brazil), while cable net Lifetime will handle the show in Turkey.

The 8 x 60-minutes series has also been picked up in CEE by Bulgarian channels Nova and Diema Family, PRVA Life and PRVA Max in Serbia and Montenegro, Sitel in Macedonia, FederalnaTV in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Prime in Kosovo and Síminn in Iceland.

The new acquisitions come after Beauty World Search made deals with VOD platforms Amazon Prime Video in 19 territories, Tubi TV, Vudu Movies On Us and global afro urban platform TRACEPlay and TRACE TV, along with cable channel RTL2 in Hungary.

Fronted by Brooke Hogan, The Fashion Hero combines a reality TV format with social media fan participation, with contestants from around the world competing to become the face of ad campaigns for global designers. The series aims to disrupt dominant beauty standards and celebrate diversity.

DCD sells slate of music programming globally

UK-based distributor DCD Rights has finalized sales in Asia, Latin America and Europe for its new slate of premium music programming.

Sky Network TV in New Zealand and Music Air in Japan have acquired The Great Songwriters (6 x 60 minutes). The series, produced by JolyGoodTV for Channel 4, offers portraits of legendary songwriters, along with exclusive performances and interviews.

As part of the same deal, Music Air picked up California-based live event film and TV prodco Rock Fuel Media’s new portfolio of music series and specials, including the feature-length doc Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Democracy, live concert series Decades Rock Live (6 x 70 minutes) and Rock Show (4 x 70 minutes), profiling four legendary rock bands performing their anthems.

In Latin America, Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Democracy went to OnDIRECTV, DIRECTV Latin America’s exclusive entertainment channel, along with Rock Fuel Media titles Jane’s Addiction: Ritual De Lo Habitual (86 minutes) and The Smashing Pumpkins: Oceania Live in NYC (76 minutes).

The Jane’s Addiction and Smashing Pumpkins specials have also been acquired by Globosat in Brazil, along with Culture Club: Live At Wembley (88 minutes).

In Europe, Sheryl Crow: Live At Capitol Theatre (94 minutes, pictured) was picked up by Germany’s ZDF/3Sat, the UK’s Virgin Media, and Denmark’s TV2.

The Guns N’ Roses and Culture Club specials are also included in the ZDF deal, and the Jane’s Addiction special features in the Virgin Media deal, while Poland’s TVP has acquired the Jane’s Addiction and Smashing Pumpkins specials.

Gold RushMercury headed to Lisbon Docs

F. Emmanuel Bastien and Petya Hristova’s Gold Rush and Joelle Chesselet’s Mercury are among the 23 international projects selected for the European Documentary Network’s (EDN) 19th annual Lisbon Docs festival.

The flagship EDN program serves as an international financing and coproduction forum that takes place Oct. 14 to 20 in Lisbon, Portugal. The workshop focuses on the strategies needed to create top-quality doc projects and deliver them to worldwide audiences.

The Portuguese and international selections will be developed in collaboration with renowned tutors and pitched to a raft of relevant decision makers of the doc industry. Workshop sessions, meanwhile, will focus on analysis and providing advice on how to tell stories that reach large audiences without sacrificing artistic integrity.

This year’s roster of financiers includes commissioners and industry experts from BBC, SVT, YLE, TRT World, Czech TV, KAN, Cinephil, Dogwoof, Cats & Docs, and Stadium Media.

More information and the full 2018 Lisbon Docs slate is available here.

Endemol Shine, Essence Communications partner on daytime programming

Endemol Shine North America is teaming up with  Essence Communications, a media, technology and e-commerce company dedicated to Black women, to develop a daytime television program.

Series topics will be aimed at diverse female audiences and include beauty and style, family, careers, entrepreneurship and community empowerment.

The program is being developed with Raymond Garcia and Major TV.

“Essence engages an extraordinarily passionate, multi-generational audience of women, who are uniquely acknowledged and celebrated through our storytelling,” added Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications. “Creating a new daytime show that informs and inspires underscores our mission to serve Black women deeply.”

With files from Daniele Alcinii

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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