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Extra: Saint Thomas, ZED ink content deal; Drive takes royalty and Rome series global

Saint Thomas Productions, ZED broker catalog deal Wildlife and scientific doc producer/distributor Saint Thomas Productions and French indie producer/distributor ZED have inked a distribution deal for the bulk of Saint Thomas ...
February 28, 2019

Saint Thomas Productions, ZED broker catalog deal

Wildlife and scientific doc producer/distributor Saint Thomas Productions and French indie producer/distributor ZED have inked a distribution deal for the bulk of Saint Thomas Productions’ current catalog.

Under the agreement, ZED will handle international sales on all Saint Thomas Productions’ recent productions, which include a library of more than 75 hours of scientific, wildlife and factual programming. Recent productions include Space Smash (52 minutes), which will launch at MIPDOC 2019, and The Otter Island (52 minutes), currently in production with a release date for early summer 2019.

Drive sends “Queen of the World” and “Eight Days That Made Rome” internationally 

Producer-funding and distribution agency Drive has made multiple international acquisitions for Queen of the World (pictured) and Eight Days That Made Rome.

NHK in Japan, Virgin Media Television Ireland and Yes DBS in Israel have all acquired Queen of the World (2 x 60 minutes), the docuseries that offers a unique perspective on The Queen’s role as a figure on the global stage. Drive previously sold the  Oxford Films-produced series to RTL in The Netherlands, NRK in Norway, TVNZ in New Zealand, YLE in Finland and ITV Choice in Asia, the Middle East and Africa to air across more than 88 countries.

The show was produced for ITV and recently aired on HBO in the U.S. and Seven Network Australia,

Meanwhile, Foxtel in Australia, ERT in Greece and Sky Italia in Italy have taken Eight Days That Made Rome (8 x 60 minutes), a series that looks at eight days that created, tested and defined Rome. October Films’ co-produced the series with Krempelwood for Channel 5 in the UK.

Drive previously sold the show to TVE in Spain, NRK in Norway, SVT in Sweden, TVB in Hong Kong, RTI Mediaset Group in Italy, Smithsonian for North America, SBS TV for Australia and Viasat World for Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Magnify Media inks global sales

UK indie distributor and rights-management specialist Magnify Media has inked a string of license deals for its finished programs across the globe.

Polsat Poland, TV2 Denmark, TVNZ New Zealand and LTV Latvia have picked up Our Everest Challenge (50 minutes), which follows TV adventurer Ben Fogle and former Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton as they attempt to scale the summit of Mount Everest. The documentary was produced for ITV by CNN Vision.

Also headed for TVNZ is Inside Oxford Street (4 x 60 minutes), produced by Rare TV for Channel 5, which takes viewers behind the scenes of Europe’s busiest shopping street.

Meanwhile, Histoire France has licensed the ITV series Great Art (10 x 50 minutes), which explores the personal and professional lives of some of the world’s greatest artists. Great Art was produced by Seventh Art Productions.

Magnify has also sold two Plimsoll Productions series, for which it also acts as an exclusive distributor, and one from Plimsoll-acquired prodco Bear Hug TV. Arte France/Germany has taken Channel 5′s Wild Great Britain (8 x 45 minutes), and SVT Sweden, DRTV Denmark, BBC Africa and Poland and Foxel Australia have picked-up Channel 4′s 60-minute documentary Secrets of the 10,000 Year Old Man.

Lastly, TV2 Denmark, YLE Finland TVN Style Poland have licensed BBC3′s Hayley, produced by Bear Hug TV.

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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