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Extra: Nat Geo takes global rights to “Wild Great Britain”; TVF bolsters sales team

Nat Geo picks up Magnify’s Wild Great Britain UK-based distributor and rights management specialist Magnify Media has brokered a global licensing deal with National Geographic Channels for the natural history series Wild Great ...
September 14, 2018

Nat Geo picks up Magnify’s Wild Great Britain

UK-based distributor and rights management specialist Magnify Media has brokered a global licensing deal with National Geographic Channels for the natural history series Wild Great Britain.

The deal, brokered by Magnify Media’s Chris Bartlett and Nat Geo director of global acquisitions Ben Noot, grants Nat Geo global pay-TV rights, excluding the UK and the U.S., to the 8 x 60-minute series, narrated by Downtown Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville.

Nat Geo will also create a 4 x 60-minute version of the show for its global channels.

Wild Great Britain was shot over a year and travels across the UK to celebrate the variety of wildlife found in the British Isles, including rare footage, shot with military-grade low-light cameras, of nocturnal wildlife.

The series is produced by Bristol-based Plimsoll Production for Channel 5 in the UK.

TVF Int’l strengthens sales team

British indie distributor TVF International has bolstered its sales team with the appointment of Henry Pelham and Katie Bench ahead of next month’s MIPCOM market in Cannes.

Pelham joins the London-based sales house as a sales executive. Fluent in Mandarin and Japanese, he will be tasked with distributing the company’s finished tape formats to Japan and will work alongside Julian Chou-Lambert for sales and acquisitions in China.

Bench, meanwhile, boards TVF’s European team as a sales exec with responsibility for supporting sales manager Lindsey Ayotte in the region.

The two appointments follow the hiring of Irini Koulovasilopoulos, who joined the TVF team earlier this year as a sales exec for Iberia and Latin America.

Elsewhere, the UK company has firmed up pre-sale deals with Discovery for the 26-part conservation series The Snake Master, and with ProSieben in Germany for the 13-part Vogue Williams Investigates.

Drive to distribute Queen of the World

London-based production-funding agency and distributor Drive has been appointed by UK producer Oxford Films to distribute Queen Elizabeth II docuseries Queen of the World globally.

The 2 x 60-minute series tells the story of the Commonwealth through The Queen’s life and work. Shot over more than a year with privileged access to the Royal Family, the series offers insight into The Queen’s role as a figure on the global stage. The project will enjoy its U.S. television broadcast premiere on Oct. 1 via premium cable network HBO.

Queen of the World was produced by Oxford Films for UK commercial broadcaster ITV.

Drive will offer the project to international buyers at MIPCOM in Cannes next month.

TV2 Denmark takes Great Pottery Showdown

Sky Vision, the production and distribution arm of Sky, has sold the format rights for The Great Pottery Throw Down to TV2 Denmark.

The Great Pottery Throwdown, which has aired for two seasons on BBC2 in the UK, is a talent competition that seeks the best amateur potters in the country.

The format, originally devised and produced by Love Productions, will be produced by Strong Productions in Denmark. The 8 x 60-minute series is set to air on TV2 in 2019.

“We think that the idea of craftmanship will connect very well with the Danish audience, and it also falls into the long and glorious tradition of Danish design, where arts and crafts are intertwined and where there is something for everyone,” said Anette Romer, head of acquisitions and formats at TV2 Denmark, in a statement.

(With files from Daniele Alcinii)

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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