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Extra: “Naked Beach” sells in Europe; Sideways Film acquires Werner Herzog’s latest doc

European production houses pick up on Magnify Media’s Naked Beach UK prodco Magnify Media has sold options for its MIPTV headline format Naked Beach (pictured). Argonon-owned indie Barefaced TV is producing the original 5 x ...
April 11, 2019

European production houses pick up on Magnify Media’s Naked Beach

UK prodco Magnify Media has sold options for its MIPTV headline format Naked Beach (pictured).

Argonon-owned indie Barefaced TV is producing the original 5 x 60-minute version of the series, which premieres on Channel 4 tonight (April 11).

Naked Beach will see Dr. Keon and body image and mental health campaigner Natasha Devon oversee a retreat where three people who all suffer from a major lack of body confidence join a returning cast of near-naked body positive Brits of varying shapes and sizes each week.

The “host” cast will encourage each week’s guests to feel better about their bodies.

Keshet International-owned Tresor Produktions in Germany, Vincent TV Producties in Holland and Flemish-speaking Belgium and Pernel Media in France have all secured options for the format.

Sideways Film to release Wener Herzog’s documentary Nomad

London- and Barcelona-based sales agency Sideways Film will release Werner Herzog’s latest documentary Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin.

The film follows Herzog, who sets out on a journey inspired by the nomadic life of his late friend and travel writer Bruce Chatwin. When Chatwin was dying of AIDS, Herzog made a final visit. As a parting gift, the writer gave Herzog his rucksack. Three decades later, Herzog sets out on his own journey, inspired by Chatwin’s passion for the nomadic life.

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin was made by BBC Studios and will bow on BBC2 later this year.

The film will premiere at the Tribeca International Film Festival in New York City.

SBS Australia acquires Secret Nazi Bases from DCD Rights

Indie UK-based distributor DCD Rights has sold the new conspiracy factual series Secret Nazi Bases to Australian pubcaster SBS Australia at MIPTV.

Secret Nazi Bases (6 x 60 minutes) is produced by Go Button Media for UKTV, Discovery Science U.S. and Discovery EMEA.

The series looks at World War II through old tunnels, artillery sites and communication centers to reconsider the plans and ambitions of the Nazis.

Terranoa makes raft of sales

Paris-based distributor Terranoa has made a raft of sales for its content to broadcasters worldwide.

Sky Arts UK has picked up three biopics: Salman Rushdie – Death On A TrailJosephine Baker – The Story of An Awakening, and Sherlock Holmes Against Conan Doyle.

Elsewhere, Italian pubcaster RAI has acquired two episodes of Japan From Above, a five-part travel series co-produced by Gedeon Programmes and NHK for ZDF/Arte.

Smithsonian also acquired the full series as a package of Japan related titles, which also includes A Samurai At The Vacation (1 x 52 minutes; Gedeon), and Tokyo Phoenix, The Rise of Modern Japan (1 x 52 minutes; CC&C).

Meanwhile, U.S. net Direct TV has picked up Europe’s Most Famous Railway Stations (Yuzu for Arte).

In Switzerland, RTSI has taken a 40-hour package including Cooking The World (26 x 52 minutes) and Show Me Where You Live (30 x 26 minutes).

Terranoa has also launched the travel series Top Of The Rocks, A Journey Made of Stone (5 x 52 minutes; Petit Dragon for Arte), which provides a 360-view of five source rocks that have shaped our landscape. This series goes into production Summer 2019 with a delivery scheduled for late Fall 2020. Terranoa is seeking North American and Asian co-production and European pre-buy partners.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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