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Extra: Dogwoof to rep “The Kingmaker”; Fremantle takes “Expedition” worldwide

Dogwoof inks deal to sell The Kingmaker internationally London-based distributor Dogwoof has partnered with Showtime Documentary Films to represent Lauren Greenfield’s The Kingmaker, about the political career of Imelda Marcos, former first-lady of ...
August 21, 2019

Dogwoof inks deal to sell The Kingmaker internationally

London-based distributor Dogwoof has partnered with Showtime Documentary Films to represent Lauren Greenfield’s The Kingmaker, about the political career of Imelda Marcos, former first-lady of the Philippines.

“I am honored and thrilled to work with Dogwoof for the third time,” Greenfield said in a statement. “They are unparalleled sales agents who are not only good at what they do, but are fierce advocates for filmmakers and the documentary form.”

The film (pictured) will debut worldwide at the Venice Film Festival this month, with screenings to follow at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Showtime is readying the feature-length documentary for a theatrical release in the U.S. this fall, with a television premiere slated for 2020.

Fremantle takes True to Nature docuseries Expedition with Steve Backshall worldwide

Producer-distributor Fremantle has secured a number of global deals for UK indie True to Nature’s 10-part docuseries Expedition with Steve Backshall following a pre-sale to France Télévisions.

The series has sold to: Yoku (China); Discovery (Germany, pan-regional Asia and Latin America); RTVE (Spain); Movistar+ (Spain); OSN (Middle East and North Africa); Al Jazeera (Middle East and North Africa); BBC Earth (Africa); CYBC (Cyprus, Middle East); Groupe TVA (French-speaking Canada); Bloomberg (Turkey); VRT (Belgium); DR (Denmark); Canal+ Dokument (Poland; AMC Networks International Southern Europe for the channel Odissea (Portugal); and Radio Television Suisse (French-speaking Switzerland).

Originally commissioned by British pubcaster BBC and BBC Studios-owned UKTV in association with Fremantle, Expedition with Steve Backshall follows Backshall and his team as they venture into “undiscovered worlds.”

The full 10 x 60-minute series recently launched on UKTV-owned channel Dave. The first episodes also premiered on BBC2 earlier this year.

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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