Sky Vision to distribute new Levison Wood series
Sky Vision, the production and distribution arm of Sky, will distribute adventurer and explorer Levison Wood‘s latest series.
Arabia: A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East (pictured; w/t), sees the writer and photographer exploring the Middle East on a 5,000-mile expedition through the Arabian Peninsula.
The series is a copro between Sky Vision and Wood’s own Blackmane Media and will be completed in early 2019. A Journey Through The Heart of the Middle East is co-funded by Sky Vision, who acquired international rights through Blackmane’s agent, Wolfsong Media.
Sky Vision has previously distributed various Levison Wood titles, including, Walking The Nile, Walking the Himalayas, Walking the Americas and From Russia to Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier, all shown on UK pubcaster Channel 4.
Each of the four series went to more than 100 territories, including France, the Netherlands, Denmark and Canada.
Barcroft, TCB Media Rights team on Shake My Beauty
Factual indie Barcroft Media and TCB Media Rights have inked a co-production deal that sees TCB acquire the worldwide rights to a long-form television program based on Barcroft’s digital series Shake My Beauty.
The 8 x 60-minute TV series features people who use social media as a tool to overcome personal body image issues. Stories include a bearded woman who shows hair isn’t scary; a young woman living with hardening skin that’s turning her into a living doll; and a woman who suffers from alopecia and will be stepping out into the public without her wig for the first time.
Shake My Beauty is the latest brand from Barcroft’s digital roster to be developed into a long-form series for linear broadcasters. Other programs include Preposterous Pets for Animal Planet International, Amazing Interiors for Netflix and Extreme Love for WE tv.
Talpa TV launches two French formats
Talpa TV will launch two French formats developed from Talpa Network’s “Fastest Way to Screen” project in 2019.
Anchoring the format slate is the daily cooking format Pitch the Dish, which will feature home chefs pitching a meal to a jury before even cooking it. The format was devised by WeMake in France.
The second project, Home Alone, is a weekly reality format where children are challenged to live alone in a fixed-rigged house for a weekend. They will have to undertake adult household tasks with their parents observing them from a distance. The series was developed by WeMake/Med&Co in France.
Talpa Global holds the worldwide distribution rights to the formats, which will air on Talpa’s Dutch channel SBS6.
Fastest Way to Screen was launched in early 2018 by John del Mol to allow third-party creatives to work with Talpa Network and see their IP launch on Dutch channels SBS6, Net5, Veronica and SBS9.