Blue Ant Int’l pens sales deals with CCTV
Blue Ant International, the distribution arm of Blue Ant Media, has partnered with China’s CCTV, which will bring 60-plus hours of wildlife and natural history programming to flagship channel CCTV-1 and science and education-focused CCTV-10.
Bolstering the CCTV-1 lineup are three projects from Love Nature’s ‘Camp Zambia’ production partnership with Plimsoll Productions: Life’s Journey (season 1; 3 x 60 minutes), Monkey Island (season 1; 3 x 60 minutes) and Valley of Flood and Fire (season 1; 3 x 30 minutes).
The channel has also acquired Off the Fence productions in Africa’s Wild Horizons (season 2; 5 x 60 minutes) and Madagascar-based rainforest series Land of Gremlins (season 1; 3 x 60 minutes). Finally, CCTV-1 is filling its broadcast schedule with Wild Castles (season 1; 5 x 60 minutes; Taglicht Media for Love Nature), Wild Israel (season 1; 5 x 60 minutes; Ananey Channels) and Mysteries of the Mekong (season 1; 10 x 30 minutes; Antidote Productions).
CCTV-10, meanwhile, has also picked up ‘Camp Zambia’ titles in The Big Dry (season 1; 3 x 60 minutes), Tales from Zambia (season 1; 7 x 30 minutes), Wild Survivors (season 1; 3 x 60 minutes); and Off the Fence projects in Africa’s Claws and Jaws (season 1; 4 x 60 minutes) and Wildlife Icons (season 2; 6 x 60 minutes).
The network has also snatched up season one of Deadly Australians (4 x 60 minutes; Wildbear Productions); season one of Animal Senses (6 x 30 minutes), season one of Mysteries of Evolution (6 x 30 minutes), season two of Strange Creatures (6 x 30 minutes; BAM HDTV) and the first season of The Big Feed (13 x 30 minutes).
SBS Food brings some ‘Gusto’ to its programming
Ottawa-based prodco Gusto Worldwide Media has inked a deal with Australia’s SBS Food that will see more than 40 hours of its content travel down under.
The Australian pubcaster, which recently announced it would rebrand its free-to-air 24/7 food channel Food Network to SBS Food, has picked up Bonacini’s Italy (15 x 30 minutes, pictured), The Latin Kitchen (15 x 30 minutes), Spencer’s Big 30 (13 x 30 minutes), The Urban Vegetarian (15 x 30 minutes) and One World Kitchen (28 x 30 minutes). Episodes will air on its SBS Food channel and will later move to SBS On Demand. The deal, announced at MIPCOM, marks the first time these titles have gone to Australia.
Over the past few months, Gusto has inked a number of programming and carriage deals with international partners such as Philippines-based international channel and distribution company ACCION, free U.S. OTT service XUMO, Singapore pay-TV operator StarHub TV and L.A.-headquartered TV streaming service Pluto TV.
As well, Gusto last week announced that as Pluto TV expands across various European territories, its content will become available to viewers in the U.K. and other European territories via the service.
From Playback Daily’s Lauren Malyk
Cineflix Rights sells 330 hours of content to CEE
British indie distributor Cineflix Rights has sent a content package amounting to 330 hours to multiple broadcasters in Central and Eastern Europe.
Poland’s NC+ has acquired a raft of programs for its Planete+ channel. Included in the deal are blue chip documentaries The Day We Walked on the Moon (1 x 60 minutes; Finestripe Productions), The Cold Blue (1 x 60 minutes; Vulcan Productions), and Going to War (1 x 60 minutes; Vulcan Productions). The broadcaster has also bought 115 hours of Property Brothers programming for its Domo+ channel, and includes Brother vs. Brother (season 5 & 6 x 60 minutes; Scott Brothers Entertainment), Property Brothers (seasons 6-8, 70 x 60 minutes; Cineflix Productions), The Property Brothers at Home (4 x 60 minutes; Scott Brothers Entertainment), and The Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House (5 x 60 minutes; Scott Brothers Entertainment).
Headed to Czech TV are The Day We Walked on the Moon (1 x 60 minutes; Finestripe Productions), The Cold Blue, along with Alcatraz: The Greatest Escapes (2 x 60 minutes; Hoff Productions) and Mayday: Air Disaster (season 18, 10 x 60 minutes; Cineflix Productions).
RTL Croatia has acquired 96-plus hours of content, including My Family and the Galapagos (3 x 60 minutes; Seadog TV & Film Productions; Motion Content Group), Border Security: America’s Front Line (20 x 30 minutes; Seven Network Australia), The Property Brothers at Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House, Property Brothers (seasons 7 & 8, 44 x 60 minutes) and Mayday: Air Disaster (seasons 15-17, 30 x 60 minutes).
AMC Networks International Central and Northern Europe, meanwhile, has taken Going to War and Alcatraz: The Greatest Escapes (2 x 60 minutes; Hoff Productions) for their Spektrum channels in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. AMCNI CNE has also picked up Property Brothers (seasons 4 & 5, 52 x 60 minutes) and Flipping Virgins (season 3, 13 x 60 minutes; Cineflix Productions) for their Spektrum Home channels in the same territories.
Fox Networks Group has taken a 50-hour package from Cineflix, including Alcatraz: The Greatest Escapes, Expecting (17 x 30 minutes; UP Entertainment) and Rocky Mountain Railroad (8 x 60 minutes; Cineflix Productions, Windfall Films) for their National Geographic channels covering the Central European region.
In addition to the 330-hour package deal to the CEE, Cineflix has acquired blue chip nature documentary Under Thin Ice from Galafilm, Mario Cyr Productions and CBC/Radio-Canada. The 60- or 90-minute one-off follows diving expert and cinematographer Mario Cyr and Jill Heinerth as they explore the impact of the disappearance of the Arctic ice pack.
The deal to acquire Under Thin Ice was brokered by Cineflix Rights’ Giuliana Benvenuto, acquisitions manager for North America.