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Extra: Prodco From the Woods launches; Kew Media content heads to LatAm

From the Woods launches with first project at Nat Geo Filmmakers Russell O. Bush and Annie Bush have formed a new Brooklyn-based prodco, From the Woods, producing original content. Russell O. Bush, ...
January 23, 2019

From the Woods launches with first project at Nat Geo

Filmmakers Russell O. Bush and Annie Bush have formed a new Brooklyn-based prodco, From the Woods, producing original content.

Russell O. Bush, an International Documentary Association Award nominee for best short, works across the narrative fiction and documentary genres, with an emphasis in wildlife filmmaking. He is a director, cinematographer and editor.

Annie Bush, meanwhile, is a veteran producer and co-founder of Austin’s queer multi-arts event OUTsider Festival, and a member of New Day Films, a distribution cooperative for indie doc filmmakers. She is also a producer on the short film Dulce, which will screen at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and has previously played at the Toronto International Film Festival.

From the Woods’ first project is the short The Railroader, which will premiere as part of National Geographic’s shorts showcase on Jan. 25.

The Railroader explores community in the modern west.

(By Frederick Blichert)

Kew Media sends content slate to Latin America

Global distributor Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, has signed deals with DirectTV, Sundance TV and Globosat to send more than 104 hours of scripted and non-fiction content to Latin America.

DirectTV picked up feature documentaries including Active Measures, about Russian espionage and the American presidential election of 2016; Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes, about controversial Fox News founder Roger Ailes; Becoming Bond (pictured), the barely believable true story of George Lazenby’s path to starring as James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; and the docuseries The Radical Story of Patty Hearst, about the transformation of Patty Hearst from heiress to terrorist.

Meanwhile, Sundance TV, owned by AMC Networks, picked up 24 titles in the deal, including the feature documentaries Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me, about the legendary R&B singer and the tragic car accident that left him paralyzed, and Nothing Like a Dame, about screen icons Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith.

Finally, Globosat picked up the documentaries The Beatles: Made on Merseyside, which follows the band’s journey from Merseyside teenagers to international popstars; Cosplay Universe, about pop culture die-hards who emulate their heroes; and Hip-Hop Evolution (4 x 60 minutes), a mini-series in which Canadian hip-hop artist and journalist Shad Kabango explores the foundations of hip-hop music.

(By Frederick Blichert)

Talpa, Acun Medya ink multi-season deal for The Voice franchise

Dutch media giant Talpa Media and Acun Medya have inked a deal to produce The Voice and its spin-off format The Voice Senior for Mexico’s TV Azteca.

With this agreement, Mexico will be the first Latin American country to acquire The Voice Senior. With the addition of Mexico, The Voice Senior is now licensed to seven countries since its launch last August.

The eighth season of The Voice of Mexico is set to air in March 2019 on Azteca Uno, followed by the premiere of The Voice Senior.

The Voice franchise now has 112 versions across the globe.

(By Selina Chignall)

Barcroft Media content goes global

Factual indie Barcroft Media has inked a range of international broadcast sales for linear versions of its series brands in deals brokered by ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE).

Ridiculous Rides (10 x 30 minutes) has been acquired by Discovery in Australia and New Zealand, Cineplex in Thailand, MBC in the Middle East, and by Viasat for Pan Central and Eastern Europe and the Nordics. Virgin Media in Ireland and Latvia’s Sia All Media also picked up the series.

Elsewhere, Australia’s Seven Network took Hooked On The Look (10 x 30 minutes), which was also picked up by Bell Media for French-speaking Canada, Polsat in Poland, Virgin Media in Ireland and Sia in Latvia.

Meanwhile Born Different (10 x 30 minutes) has been acquired by Ananey Channel in Israel, Discovery in Russia, Sin Iceland, TVN in Poland, Discovery in Iberia and by Virgin Media in Ireland – which also picked up Beast Buddies (10 x 30 minutes), as has Thailand’s Cineplex and Marjan in the Middle East.

(By Selina Chignall)

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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