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Extra: Hulu takes Weinstein doc; “Love at First Song” heads to South Korea, Denmark

Hulu takes U.S. rights to Weinstein doc Streaming platform Hulu has acquired U.S. rights to Ursula McFarlane’s feature documentary about the Harvey Weinstein scandal that fueled the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Untouchable unpacks ...
May 22, 2019

Hulu takes U.S. rights to Weinstein doc

Streaming platform Hulu has acquired U.S. rights to Ursula McFarlane’s feature documentary about the Harvey Weinstein scandal that fueled the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

Untouchable unpacks how Weinstein (pictured) acquired and executed his power over decades, exploring both the method and the damage of his alleged abuses.

The film is produced by Lightbox co-founders Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn with Poppy Dixon.

Untouchable is a copro with the BBC, which will air the film on BBC2 following its theatrical release. Media Finance Capital financed the film alongside the BBC. Executive producers are David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman for MFC, and Simon Young and Tom McDonald for the BBC.

Embankment Films brokered the seven-figure deal on behalf of the producers. Additionally, Embankment will handle the theatrical roll out in international markets before Hulu’s release. Embankment head of sales Calum Gray negotiated the deal with Hulu’s Belisa Balaban.

Untouchable world premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The film is Hulu’s third acquisition from the Utah-set film festival.

“Love at First Song” heads to Korea

South Korean entertainment and mass media company CJ ENM has brokered new deals for its music-reality dating format Love at First Song in South Korea and Denmark.

Danish-based prodco Strong Productions is working on the local version of the series, while in Korea, general entertainment channel XtvN will produce the show, which is set to air this August.

Love at First Song pairs singers with a musical partner who is also a potential love match. Each pair practices a romantic song without seeing each other before they meet for their first duet on stage. Once the two singers have met each other they can decide whether to continue as a duo to musically compete against other couples for the final competition, or go their own way and find another musical/romantic partner.

Love at First Song debuted last year in Vietnam and is currently in development in the U.S. with John Legend and American Idol producer Simon Lythgoe.

Flame Distribution inks sales deals 

Australian sales house Flame Distribution has sold a number of its titles around the world.

Telewizja Polska, NRK Norway, Tallinna TV and NHK Japan have taken the multi-award winning 4K science documentary The Kingdom: How Fungi Made Our World (Smith & Nasht & Real to Reel Productions).

Australian pay-TV platform Foxtel, meanwhile, has licensed history titles The Search for the USS Lagarto (Moshman Productions), WWII: The Price of Empire (Wildbear Entertainment) and Cromwell’s Head (The Firewater Partnership), along with the food series Food Safari, French Food Safari and Food Safari Water (Kismet Productions). The latter title was also taken by NGC Network India and Tallinna TV in Estonia.

In New Zealand, Maori Television bought two seasons of the reality series Family Rules (Metamorflix), while CBS AMC Networks has acquired the health series of Doctor In The House (Independent Pictures) for their pan-Euro, CIS, MENA and Africa feeds.

Elsewhere, Spanish pubcaster RTVE acquired the travel series My Greek Odyssey (The Rusty Cage) and RLT Netherlands has licensed BBC Crime docuseries The Sheriffs Are Coming (Screenchannel Television).

Czech commercial channel FTV Prima picked up the BBC series Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs (Tern TV), adventure series Overland (Overland Network) and the Canadian documentary Searching for Winnetou (Paul Kemp Productions).

AMC Odisea channel picked up nature and wildlife titles The Lion Queen (Top Shelf Productions & Clawed Hat Films) and Under the Sea: The Great Barrier Reef (Wildflame Productions). Both titles have also been acquired by Al Jazeera, along with National Geographic’s Arctic Quest (5th Element Expeditions).

SVOD platform Etisalat has taken a range of titles including Designing Ireland, Indian Wedding Race, Chocolate Covered, Here Right Now and Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America.

In addition, Discovery MENA has acquired the retail series Frock Finders (Waddell Media) and vintage car crazy Start Me Up (SMU Media).

And Fox Networks in Turkey has licensed the food-related titles Food Fighter, Future Food, Cook, Eat, Burn with Donal Skehan and Born to Cook: Jack Stein Downunder, which will also appear on Polish satellite platform NC+ along with Luke Nguyen’s Food Trails, The Curious Mind and Food Safari Water.

TCB Media Rights inks pre-sales for “Egypt’s Unexplained Files”

London-headquartered TCB Media Rights has inked a number of pre-sale deals for Egypt’s Unexplained Files with major television territories around the world.

The 10 x 60-minute factual series, produced by UK indie Rare TV and funded by TCB Media Rights with RMC Découverte, looks at the latest in tech that is unraveling the secrets of Ancient Egypt and providing new insights into the bygone civilization.

Egypt’s Unexplained Files has already been sold to a number of networks, including Science Channel U.S., the UK’s Channel 5, Germany’s ProSieben, China’s Da Neng Culture Media, Australia’s Foxtel, Viasat World for the CEE Nordic and African territories, Italy’s Mediaset, Spain’s Odisea and Czech Republic’s TV Prima.

Elsewhere, Massive Engineering Mistakes (10 x 60 minutes), produced by Argonon-owned BriteSpark Films in association with TCB Media Rights and Discovery UK, has been acquired by Science Channel, France’s Planete+, Discovery and Odisea in Spain, Discovery Italy, Viasat World for CEE and the Nordics and Africa, and Sky TV in New Zealand.

Season three of TCB’s Abandoned Engineering, produced by Like A Shot Entertainment in association with TCB Media Rights, has been taken by Science Channel. Abandoned Engineering has now also been picked up by Germany’s Welt and Canada’s Blue Ant Media and Bell Media.

Both Massive Engineering Mistakes and Abandoned Engineering have been recommissioned by TCB for their second and fourth seasons, respectively.

About The Author
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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