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Extra: Asia sales for Twofour, Looking Glass, Passion; Reshet CEO steps down

“What Would Your Kid Do” travels to India  Indie GoQuest Digital Studios, backed by GoQuest Media Ventures, has acquired the entertainment format What Would Your Kid Do? for India. The deal, brokered ...
December 4, 2018

“What Would Your Kid Do” travels to India 

Indie GoQuest Digital Studios, backed by GoQuest Media Ventures, has acquired the entertainment format What Would Your Kid Do? for India.

The deal, brokered with Twofour Rights, sees GoQuest Digital Studios pick up the local rights to the factual format produced by the Twofour Group’s UK-based Boomerang Productions.

What Would Your Kid Do? challenges parents to guess how their children will behave in a variety of situations, merging specialist factual child development psychology with an entertaining gameshow dynamic. Children are filmed in a real world setting as they go through a number of tasks. Meanwhile, as the situations unfold, the host will observe alongside the parents as they try to predict what their children will do in each new situation.

Looking Glass Int’l, Passion Distribution content heads to Asia 

Australian-based factual distributor Looking Glass International has sold the crime docudrama Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal (1 x 60 minutes), produced by UK indie production house Entertain Me, to Japanese pubcaster NHK. LGI also sold The Asian Pitch (TAP)-winning projects Travelling Talkies (1 x 60 minutes) and 24th Street (1 x 60 minutes) to the pubcaster for their international broadcasting service NHK World.

Hong Kong-based ICT company PCCW has acquired a package of 57 hours including Adele: Someone like You (1 x 60 minutes) and Amy Winehouse: The Final Goodbye (1 x 60 minutes), produced by Entertain Me, and the series Silent Screams (4 x 60 minutes), produced by MAKE Productions, for Channel News Asia.

In addition, AETN-18 India has acquired the history and science programs Deep Time History (3 x 60 minutes) and Digits (3 x 60 minutes) produced by Flight 33 Productions for Curiosity Stream, and TAP-winning documentary An Engineered Dream (1 x 60 minutes) produced by Hemant Gaba Productions.

Also, Cineplex Thailand has picked up, among others, the factual series The Netherlands from Above (10 x 60 minutes).

Meanwhile, London-based distributor Passion Distribution has inked a raft of license agreements with streaming platforms and volume deals with terrestrial channels across Asia.

Passion has licensed a package of factual and drama titles for VOD iflix’s Asia Pacific territories. It includes Cold Justice (season 1; 10 x 60 minutes), All New Traffic Cops (season 1; 7 x 60 minutes) and long-running documentary series Unreported World (seasons 33-35; 21 x 30 minutes).

Further pan-territory deals include Discovery licensing the ITV show Japandemonium (6 x 30 minutes), which will air on Discovery Asia across Discovery’s Southeast Asia markets.

In India, production company Optimystix Entertainment India has acquired the licence for the format Idiotest and has produced 80 episodes of the series for Star Plus.

Also in India, AETN-18 picked up Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (9 x 60 minutes) for lifestyle channel FyiTV18, and also renewed its license of Dynamo: Magician Impossible (seasons 1-4; 18 x 60 minutes). Fox Life India has acquired lifestyle titles Where To I Do? (8 x 30 minutes), Chilli Hunter (8 x 30 minutes) and documentary How The Rich Get Hitched (1 x 60 minutes) while Zee’s Living Entertainment picked up An Idiot Abroad (seasons 1-2; 16 x 60 minutes) for their Living Foodz channel.

Elsewhere, TVB in Hong Kong has acquired factual entertainment titles The Class Next Door (4 x 40 minutes) and Last Days Of Pompeii (3 x 60 minutes). NHK in Japan has picked up a roster of documentaries including Big Ben: Saving The World’s Most Famous Clock (1 x 60 minutes). Meanwhile, MediaCorp in Singapore has acquired factual entertainment series Planes Gone Viral (8 x 60 minutes) and entertainment series Japandemonium (6 x 30 minutes).

ZED docs taken worldwide

Three event-focused documentaries from French indie producer and distributor ZED have found a home in Asian territories.

Co-produced by ZED, ARTE, NHK and CuriosityStream, the documentary series Sacred Spaces (4 x 52 minutes & 4 x 90 minutes; also available in the 15 x 26-minute format, Wonders of Men) tells the history of some of the most remarkable religious constructions. The series has already had pre-sales to Sky Arts New Zealand, TV5 Québec, RSI, AMC Networks International Southern Europe, RTBF, RTS, Servus TV and Planete + Poland.

ZED teamed up with the coproducers behind Sacred Spaces on The Secret Versailles of Marie Antoinette (52 minutes, 90 minutes). The film has been pre-bought by broadcasters in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. The docudrama offers an intimate portrait of Antoinette, following the restoration of her favorite hideaway.

In addition, Korean Public Broadcaster KBS recently joined WETA/PBS, ARK MEDIA and ZED on the coproduction of Korea: The Never-Ending War (2 x 60 minutes), slated for completion this month. Led by award-winning director John Maggio, the documentary will examine the Korean War through extensive archival materials and interviews. Channel partners so far include BBC4, ZDF Info, Foxtel, Télé-Québec, Middle East News, RTBF, NRK and AMC Networks International Southern Europe, among others.

Reshet 13 CEO steps down in lead-up to Channel 10 merger

Avi Zvi (pictured) has stepped down as CEO of Israeli commercial network Reshet 13 in the lead-up to a merger with fellow Israeli network Channel 10.

Shareholders accepted Zvi’s request to step down and have allocated shares in the merged company “Reshet-Eser” to him “as an appreciation of his great work for the channel and his significant contribution as a shareholder in the merged company,” according to a release.

Zvi served as CEO of Reshet 13 for 10 years, and he will stay on until Dec. 31 to assist with the merger and transfer the company over to new management in the new year.

(With files from Frederick Blichert)

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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