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Extra: “Rising Star” goes to Sri Lanka; Digital Media Rights pacts with Zed

Keshet Int’l secures five series deal for Rising Star Global content producer and distributor Keshet International has secured a five series order for its talent show format Rising Star (pictured) from ...
September 28, 2018

Keshet Int’l secures five series deal for Rising Star

Global content producer and distributor Keshet International has secured a five series order for its talent show format Rising Star (pictured) from Sri Lanka.

A total of 52 localized 90-minute episodes of the interactive singing competition will air on Asia Broadcasting Corporation-owned channel Hiru TV.

Created and produced by Tedy Productions and Keshet Broadcasting, the format launched in 2013 and was a fast seller but its international performance has been mixed. More than 250 episodes have been produced in Brazil and successful seasons have aired in Portugal and Argentina.

The series has now sold in more than 35 territories worldwide, including India (Colours TV), Brazil (Globo), Indonesia (RCT1), China (CCTV), and Greece (Antenna).

Digital Media Rights, Zed pact on 16-package deal

New York-based Digital Media Rights (DMR) has inked a 16-package deal with Parisian producer and distributor Zed for a raft of documentaries.

The slate will include a mix of feature-length content and docuseries from Zed’s catalog, with all projects making their North American digital premieres across DMR’s OTT platforms, including YuyuTV.

Among the collection of documentaries are the 52-minute Island of Shark Attacks, about La Réunion in the Indian Ocean; White Collar Gangsters (2 x 52 minutes), about the world’s greatest con men and swindlers; Holy Relics: The Quest (52 minutes),  in search of religion’s most famous relics; Narco Finance: How Cartels Have Taken Over World Banking (2 x 52 minutes), examining how organized crime has infiltrated the financial sector; China: The Land of Colors (4 x 52 minutes), exploring the country through its vibrant hues; travelogue Backroads USA (5 x 43 minutes), a road trip across the unseen face of the U.S.; and Conquerors (4 x 52 minutes), which documents four of the most invasive species on the planet.

Additional feature-length documentaries in the package include Apollo Soyouz: The First Handshake in Space, Cannibal Island, Beyond the Summits and William the Conqueror.

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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