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Extra: Lambent lines up commissions; HBO Portugal launches SVOD service

Lambent Productions lines up commissions for linear, digital Brighton-based indie Lambent Productions has been commissioned for four new series from major British and international broadcasters. Viacom-owned Channel 5 in the UK has ...
February 12, 2019

Lambent Productions lines up commissions for linear, digital

Brighton-based indie Lambent Productions has been commissioned for four new series from major British and international broadcasters.

Viacom-owned Channel 5 in the UK has ordered Lambent’s Grime and Punishment (6 x 60 minutes) and My House and Other Animals (2 x 60 minutes).

Grime and Punishment follows Britain’s grime fighters as they tackle dirty restaurants, dumped rubbish and filthy homes. Lambent has secured access to enforcement officials and inspectors across the country, and follows them as they confront dumpers. Emma Wakefield serves as executive producer on the series.

Grime and Punishment will bow at 9 p.m. on Channel 5 in March.

From a woman who helps injured bats to a couple caring for over 100 ferrets, the stories of those who open their homes to wildlife will be featured in My House and Other Animals. The two-part program will debut in early 2019.

Meanwhile, British multi-channel network UKTV has commissioned Lambent for a series that follows the women of the West Yorkshire Police.

The Shift: Women on the Force (pictured) is a 6 x 60-minute series built around access to the force, from chief constable to the officers on the frontline. No air date has yet been announced for The Shift: Women on the Force. 

Executive producers include Ollie Tait for Lambent Productions, Chris Kelly for Flint TV and Dan Clark-Neal for Harbar 8.

Meanwhile, international UHD/HD broadcaster Insight TV has commissioned Lambent for ‘City Beats’, a new music strand.

The series will follow DJ and music producer Carly Foxx on a musical journey to uncover the spirit of European cities told through the personal stories of the people she meets and the soundtracks to their lives.

“We wanted to create a music show that could capture the creation of an original track in each episode inspired by the people and sounds of iconic cities across Europe. It was an ambitious idea but our hard-working team and Carly made it happen,” said Ollie Tait, Lambent’s executive producer of ‘City Beats’, in a statement.

No air date has been announced for ‘City Beats.’

By Selina Chignall

HBO Portugal launches

Premium cable network HBO has launched its streaming service in Portugal.

Portuguese audiences will now have access to HBO’s premium subscription video on demand platform, offering a content library of renowned scripted and unscripted television series, movies, documentaries and family content. HBO Portugal’s offer will also include a broad range of new titles premiering simultaneously with the U.S.

New subscribers will receive a one-month free trial before reverting to a monthly rate of €4.99. Subscriptions will allow users to register five separate devices and watch two simultaneous streams at the same time from the same account.

Red Arrow Int’l sends TV movies through Europe

Global distributor Red Arrow Studios International has secured a slate of new deals for its portfolio of U.S. and German television movies across Europe.

Red Arrow has inked a two-year output deal with RTVE that will allow the Spanish broadcaster a first-look at all of Red Arrow’s TV movies, as well as feature films from Gravitas Ventures titles distributed by Red Arrow Studios International.

Elsewhere, French broadcaster M6 has renewed its long-running TV movie volume deal with Red Arrow.

New package deals for the U.S. and Germany have also been signed with Spain’s Antena3; Italy’s Mediaset; Belgium’s RTL and RTBF; Switzerland’s RTS and RSI; and NBCUniversal International Networks’ Movies24 in the UK.

The TV movies in Red Arrow’s catalog have been commissioned by a variety of broadcasters, including Hallmark and Lifetime in the U.S., and SAT.1 and ARD in Germany.

The deals were negotiated by Red Arrow’s Tobias Schulze, VP of sales for France and German-speaking territories; Esteban Rodriguez, senior sales manager for Iberia, Italy, Israel and Turkey; Yi Qiao, senior sales manager, Benelux, UK, Scandinavia, Africa and Middle East; and Fabrice Laventure-Darival, sales coordinator for French-speaking Belgium and Switzerland.

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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