Twofour Rights sells bundle of factual to Europe
Indie media group Twofour Rights has brokered deals for two of its key factual formats: Boomerang’s What Would Your Kid Do? (pictured) and Twofour’s This Time Next Year.
Belgium’s Medialaan will locally adapt What Would Your Kid Do? for its VTM channel, slated to air early in 2019. Radio Television Serbia, meanwhile, has also ordered 16 episodes of the format. Hungary’s adaptation will air later this month across TV2.
Elsewhere, Lithuania’s LNK has commissioned The Fresh Production House to produce a 10 x 60-minute series of This Time Next Year. The time travel format will also return to Belgium’s VRT for a sophomore season run, while Israel’s Keshet has commissioned a further five hour-long episodes.
All3Media Int’l inks global deals for Worst Cooks
All3Media International, the distribution arm of All3Media, has secured a raft of international broadcast deals for its popular long-running fact-ent series Worst Cooks in America.
Discovery Latin America has acquired seasons 11-13 (24 x 60 minutes) for transmission throughout the region, while Blue Ant Media’s T&E Channel in Canada has picked up seasons 13 and 14 (13 x 60 minutes).
In addition, Israel’s Ananey has taken seasons 11 and 12, and food-themed channel 24Kitchen in the Netherlands has obtained season 12.
Season 14 of the Optomen Productions-made culinary series debuted on Food Network in the U.S. this past August. Seasons 15 and 16 are currently in production to air next year. The series has now aired in more than 180 territories worldwide.
Cineflix Rights acquires Memphis Belle
British indie TV content distributor Cineflix Rights has acquired William Wyler’s reversioned World War II documentary The Memphis Belle from Creative Differences and Vulcan Productions.
In 1943, Wyler went to Europe to document the war effort from the U.S. 8th Air Force bases in England. There, his crew flew actual combat missions over Europe on B-17 bombers. One of his cinematographers was killed in the process. The original film was released in 1944.
Wyler’s raw footage was recently discovered in the vaults of the National Archives, and the updated version of the film, The Memphis Belle: A Story of A Flying Fortress (1 x 45 minutes), sees producer Erik Nelson recutting it from scratch, with new footage of the crews added while also preserving the original content and existing soundtrack.
The recut film sits alongside Vulcan’s The Cold Blue (1 x 60 or 90 minutes), which pairs interviews with surviving veterans of B17 missions with Wyler’s original footage. Cineflix Rights has exclusive worldwide distribution of The Cold Blue, which will debut on HBO in the U.S. in June 2019.
Cineflix Rights’ Giuliana Benvenuto, acquisitions manager for North America, brokered the deal to acquire The Memphis Belle: A Story of A Flying Fortress.
Fremantle drafts deals for Latin America
The newly minted Fremantle has completed eight deals in Latin America for more than 100 hours of content across all genres.
Factual sales for the media company include National Geographic’s acquisition of docuseries Manson: The Lost Tapes, about the infamous 1970s Manson Family cult, and the Zachary Quinto-hosted reboot of In Search Of, which examines unexplained phenomena from all over the world; and DirectTV picking up CNN factual series Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History, about the world’s most revered and honored figureheads.
Elsewhere, A+E Networks-owned lifestyle channel Lifetime has taken Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Devoted to You, charting the life story and five-decade career of the acclaimed singer, actress, entrepreneur and activist.
Sony has renewed its deal for American Idol, with the latest season airing in 2019, while Telesistema in the Dominican Republic has commissioned prodco East Coast to produce a localized adaptation of Got Talent from Syco Entertainment and Fremantle. The acquisition marks the 71st version of the format globally.
Finally, Brazil’s Globosat has taken a package of lifestyle programming, including Jamie Oliver-fronted culinary series Jamie Cooks Italy, Jamie’s Italian Christmas and season two of Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food, as well as two seasons of Jimmy & Jamie’s Food Fight Club, and Nigella Lawson’s Nigella at My Table: Christmas Special.