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Nat Geo takes TCB’s “Borderforce USA: The Bridges”

London-based distributor TCB Media Rights has sold 10 x 60-minute series Borderforce USA: The Bridges (pictured) to National Geographic Television for the U.S. and Latin America. The series is produced by ...
February 5, 2019

London-based distributor TCB Media Rights has sold 10 x 60-minute series Borderforce USA: The Bridges (pictured) to National Geographic Television for the U.S. and Latin America.

The series is produced by U.S.-based Stampede Productions for UKTV’s Dave and features exclusive access to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s operations on all 28 bridges connecting Mexico to the United States.

The deal was brokered by Lenneke de Jong and Simona Argenti and was acquired by National Geographic’s global acquisitions director, Ben Noot.

The Stampede Productions series has been three years in the making. Although the controversy surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump’s intention to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border has generated many headlines globally, it didn’t spark similar interest among U.S. cable viewers when Discovery launched its ambitious live series, Border Live, produced by Lucky 8 and cancelled midway through its first season.

In addition to the Borderforce sale, TCB Media Rights has closed its first deal with U.S. diginet Justice Network, which has licensed two TCB true-crime titles: seasons one and two of Monster Film’s Confessions of A Serial Killer (18 x 60 minutes), First Look TV’s A Killer’s Mistake (10 x 60 minutes).

In Canada, meanwhile, the Kew Media-owned distributor has also sold two titles Blue Ant Media and its Cottage Life network: season three of Like A Shot Entertainment’s Abandoned Engineering (12 x 60 minutes), and season two of Title Role Productions’ World’s Wildest Weather (6 x 60 minutes).

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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