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Extra: Nat Geo takes North Korea special; BBC Studios’ “Dynasties” goes global

Nat Geo takes ITN Productions’ North Korea  doc special  National Geographic has acquired the two-hour documentary North Korea from the Inside with Michael Palin from UK prodco ITN Productions. The doc goes inside to one of ...
September 26, 2018

Nat Geo takes ITN Productions’ North Korea  doc special 

National Geographic has acquired the two-hour documentary North Korea from the Inside with Michael Palin from UK prodco ITN Productions.

The doc goes inside to one of the most closed-off countries in the world – North Korea. Hosted by Monty Python actor and British travel documentarian Michael Palin, the film journeys across more than 1,300 miles from south to north of the secretive nation, interacting with citizens from all walks of life.

The film was first commissioned by UK commercial television network Channel 5.

North Korea from the Inside with Michael Palin premieres on Nat Geo on Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

BBC Studios’ Dynasties goes global

BBC Studios’ natural history unit’s landmark series Dynasties (pictured) has struck a slew of pre-sale deals with broadcasters around the world.

The five-part natural history series, presented by Sir David Attenborough, has been pre-sold to over 13 countries and will be given a global premiere at next month’s MIPCOM market in Cannes on Oct. 15.

Produced over four years across the globe, Dynasties spotlights five of the world’s most celebrated but endangered animals as they fight for survival and do whatever they can to protect the next generation. Animals featured include Emperor penguins in the Antarctic; chimpanzees in Senegal; lions in Kenya, painted wolves in Zimbabwe; and tigers in the jungles of India.

Broadcasters that have taken Dynasties in pre-sale agreements include WDR in Germany, TVNZ in New Zealand, Blue Ant Media in Canada, Discovery in Latin America, Telefonica in Spain, VRT in Belgium, NPO in the Netherlands, SVT in Sweden, DR in Denmark, RUV in Iceland, FTV Prima and Ceska Televize in the Czech Republic, ETV in Estonia and Edemi in Georgia.

Co-production partners on the Dynasties are BBC America and France Télévisions. Sony BBC Earth in India and BBC Earth channels across Africa, Nordics, Asia, MEDME, Poland and CEE will also be hosting the series.

Hot Docs, Bertha DocHouse partner on Hot Docs London

Hot Docs and Bertha DocHouse are teaming up for a second year to present Hot Docs London, a screening series featuring documentaries from this year’s Hot Docs Festival.

The 2018 edition will include six feature titles from the most recent Canadian festival, including two that will be followed by a Q&A with special guests: Christy Garland’s What Walaa Wants and the female-driven culinary project The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution from Maya Gallus.

Other featured films include Paul Damien Williams’ Gurrumul; Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s The Silence of Others; Matthew Shoychet’s The Accountant of Auschwitz; and Pietra Brettkelly’s Yellow is Forbidden.

With the support of Canada House, Hot Docs London will run from Oct. 26-28 at Bertha DocHouse.

Prime Entertainment Group inks content deal with Sony USA 

France and L.A based producer and distributor Prime Entertainment Group has inked a package deal with Sony USA.

Sony has acquired Stars! (105 x 4 minutes), a shorts series that offers intimate portraits of famous Hollywood faces, including Chris Pratt, Ewan McGregor, Penelope Cruz, Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper. Sony has also picked up Director’s Short Cut (285 x 4 minutes), which features anecdotes and stories from Hollywood heavyweight directors like George Lucas, Ridley Scott, M. Night Shyamalan and Ron Howard.

The two series will air on Cine Sony in America.

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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