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Sales roundup: Deals for Looking Glass, Scorpion, Magnify, Sky Vision, Banijay

Vox and TV Now take German Survivor rights from Banijay Banijay Productions, a Banijay Group company, has sold rights to their hit reality series Survivor to Vox and TV Now for a new German ...
October 16, 2018

Vox and TV Now take German Survivor rights from Banijay

Banijay Productions, a Banijay Group company, has sold rights to their hit reality series Survivor to Vox and TV Now for a new German version of the reality competition format.

Survivor has already found success in Australia France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Sweden, Spain and the Netherlands. The German version will see 18 people sent to a desert island for 40 days, where they will be split up into two tribes and compete in a social game to be the last remaining survivor and win a cash prize.

The series will be produced by Banijay Productions Germany, with all rights to the brand held by Banijay Group.

Sky Vision sells seven titles to Ovation

American arts network Ovation has acquired U.S. broadcast and digital rights for seven titles, totaling 75 hours, from Sky Vision.

The series will air on Ovation’s linear arts network Ovation TV, as well as its digital platforms Ovation NOW and JOURNY.

The series included in the package are The Pacific: In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill (6 x 60 minutes), which follows the acclaimed actor as he retraces James Cook’s voyage across the Pacific Ocean; the 16th season of Antiques Road Trip (20 x 60 minutes); the seventh season of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (20 x 60 minutes); and Illusions of Grandeur (12 x 30 minutes), which follows magician Zack Mirza as he works to become one of the world’s best illusionists.

The deal also includes Making Marvels (6 x 60 minutes), which showcases the making of enormous works of art to order; Tate Britain’s Great British Walks (6 x 60 minutes), which follows celebrities as they walk with historians, visiting the landscapes that inspired important paintings; and Flintoff’s Great British Road Trip (6 x 60 minutes), which follows cricketing legend Freddie Flintoff and journalist/extreme-cyclist Rob Penn as they travel across Britain.

Looking Glass sells New Zealand volcano series

Australian boutique factual distributor Looking Glass International has sold TVNZ’s Volcano: Creation & Destruction (3 x 60 minutes; pictured) to AMC Networks International for Southern Europe and to Viasat World for the CEE and Scandinavian territories.

The series looks at the role of volcanoes in the genesis and formation of New Zealand and Australia as they are today.

Volcano: Creation & Destruction is produced by Auckland-based prodco Making Movies and was commissioned by TVNZ.

Scorpion TV sells natural history series to Latin America

UK content distributor Scorpion TV has made two doc package deals with Latin American broadcasters.

Wild Carpathia (3 x 52 minutes), about the forests and mountains of Romania, and Alamto: A Reptile Wonderland (1 x 60 minutes), which shows viewers the rare reptiles discovered in the Iranian province of Ilam, are headed to Argentinian PSB channel TV Pública.

Elsewhere, YLE Finland, Al Jazeera Qatar, RTP Portugal, TG4 Ireland, SVT Sweden and ZDF Germany have acquired The Pulse of the Atlantic Forest (1 x 52 minutes), about the Serra do Mar State Park in Brazil, and Zapped: The Buzz About Mosquitoes (1 x 45 minutes), produced by Burke and Burke in Canada for CBC, about the spread of diseases by mosquitoes.

Ministry of Education and Culture-owned TNU in Uruguay has acquired Flying Rainbow (1 x 52 minutes), about one of the the most enigmatic and rarely filmed birds in the world, the oriental dwarf kingfisher, along with Wild Carpathia, Alamto and The Pulse of The Atlantic Forest.

The deals were brokered by Scorpion’s Mireia Garcia.

Magnify Media sends Ireland’s Fittest Family to South America

UK distributor and rights-management specialist Magnify Media, has closed a format license deal for Irish fitness reality series Fittest Family.

Fittest Family was originally commissioned by RTÉ One in Ireland and produced by Kite Entertainment and Animo TV. It sees fit families competing in physical challenges for a cash prize and the title of “Fittest Family.”

Turner Latin America-owned Chilean network Chilevisión has commissioned a local adaptation of the format, to be produced by Chilevisión and produced in association with The Gurin Company.

Magnify Media acquired the rights to Fittest Family from Kite Entertainment in 2017. The deal with Chilevisión was brokered in association with new distribution company Maluc Entertainment, which was launched this year by former Televisa head of global entertainment Ricardo Ehrsam.

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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