Australian factual producer WildBear Entertainment has secured a raft of co-production and pre-sale deals with the help of UK-based Wild Thring Media.
“We are delighted to see such prestigious broadcasters and distributors supporting our new series in their early stages,” Michael Tear, WildBear CEO said in a statement. “These 31 new hours represent more than a quarter of the total 120 hours we will be producing in 2019 – our most productive year since we were established five years ago.”
The newly greenlit series include:
Tribal Life: Papua New Guinea
Pre-bought by France 5, the 4 x 60-minute series explores tribal cultures in four remote regions. Lucky You is on board to distribute.
Island Paradise: Living in the Torres Strait
The hour-long documentary (pictured) spotlights life on some 17 inhabited islands located between Australia’s Cape York and Papua New Guinea, as told through the journey of a supply ship. Co-produced by NDR for NDR in Germany and ARTE in France and Germany, Island Paradise: Living in the Torres Strait will be distributed by Lucky You.
Amazing Animal Families
Pre-bought by Discovery India with Lagardère Studios on board to distribute, the 10 x 60-minute series showcases how animals from around the world interact with their own immediate families, as well as within herds and broader groups.
Rise and Fall: The Turning Points of WW2
The 6 x 60-minute series examines the 50 key milestones of World War II, delivered in time for the war’s 80th anniversary. Rise and Fall: The Turning Points of WW2 has been pre-sold to Viasat World for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS, and ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany. It has also been acquired by Mediawan Thematics in France for its Toute L’Histoire channel.
Shipping the World
Mediawan Thematics in France and N-TV in Germany have pre-bought the 4 x 60-minute series, which explores the cultural, political and economic impact of shipping. The series will be distributed internationally by Off The Fence, with Mediawan Rights retaining the rights for French-speaking territories.
Bridging the Expanse
Celebrating the world’s most iconic bridges, each episode of the 6 x 60-minute series features a different type of bridge construction, spotlighting major feats of engineering and the legacy of each structure.
The series has been pre-sold to Mediawan Thematics, with Mediawan Rights retaining the rights for French-speaking territories. Passion Distribution will sell the title elsewhere internationally.
Rai in Italy and RSI in Switzerland have licensed the completed 2 x 60-minute natural history series, originally commissioned by Blue Ant Media, which explores the Australian wilderness and the creatures that inhabit it.