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Extra: Quebec format heads to France; Keshet Int’l secures raft of factual sales

Quebec magazine format sells in France CBC & Radio Canada Distribution and KOTV have struck a licensing deal with France’s R&G Productions for the Quebec format 14 Thousand Million Things to Know. The ...
October 16, 2019

Quebec magazine format sells in France

CBC & Radio Canada Distribution and KOTV have struck a licensing deal with France’s R&G Productions for the Quebec format 14 Thousand Million Things to Know.

The magazine format, released on Radio-Canada’s digital platform ICI TOU.TV in March 2019, currently airs on CBC’s French-language network ICI Radio-Canada Télé.

In Quebec, 14 Thousand Million Things to Know (35 x 15 minutes) follows host Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais and his “sidekicks” Pier-Luc Funk, Gabrielle Fontaine and Anna Beaupré-Moulounda as they invite young viewers to draw up a list of the “fourteen thousand million things” you need to know.

Season two is currently in production and is slated to air in fall 2020.

Keshet Int’l inks deals for factual series

Global producer-distributor Keshet International has completed a raft of finished tape sales with broadcasters for factual series originally commissioned in the UK.

Flicker Productions’ Prison Girls: Life Inside (season one, 4 x 60 minutes) was picked up by BNN Vara (Netherlands), Nine Networks (Australia), Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and A+E Networks (U.S.).

Broadcasters will re-title the series locally as Behind Bars: Women Inside.

TVNZ, SBS (Australia) and Foxtel (Australia) also acquired Around the World by Train (pictured; season one, 6 x 60 minutes). Foxtel has bought second window broadcast rights for both Australia and New Zealand.

BBC has licensed both the first and second 6 x 60-minute series, produced by Rumpus Media and Motion Content Group.

ProSieben (Germany), Foxtel and Sky (New Zealand) have all picked up Crackit Productions’ Trucking Hell (season one, 10 x 60 minutes; season two, 12 x 60 minutes).

Foxtel and Sky have also both picked up Casualty 24/7 (season one, 4 x 60 minutes; season two, 12 x 60 minutes), along with TV2 (Sweden).

Discovery Latin America has acquired Keshet Productions’ Speed Freaks (6 x 60 minutes).

Other Crackit Productions’ titles sold include My Extreme…Life (9 x 60 minutes), a series of stand-alone documentaries, to Docs De Cologne (Germany), SBS and HOT8 (Israel). My Sexual Fantasy (4 x 60 minutes) was sold to to SBS while My Dad the Paedophile (1 x 60 minutes) has been picked up HOT8.

Owl Power’s Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (6 x 30 minutes), a celebrity-led cross-country fishing trip around the UK, has been licensed by SVT (Sweden).

Hello Halo’s River Hunters (8 x 60 minutes), which follows two hosts as they explore beneath rivers across the UK, has also been sold to Foxtel.

Lastly, Pi Productions‘ Secrets of the Factories (4 x 60 minutes) has been licensed to TRL (Netherlands).

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown among most in-demand for 2019

Data analytics company Parrot Analytics offered a sneak peak of 2019′s most in-demand series at MIPCOM Tuesday (Oct. 15).

As of Sept. 27, the top ten most in-demand docuseries worldwide for 2019 are: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN), Blue Planet (BBC), COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey (Fox), Dynasties (BBC), Leaving Neverland (HBO), Nova (PBS), Our Planet (Netflix), Planet Earth (BBC), Surviving R. Kelly (Lifetime) and Wild Wild Country (Netflix).

The company will host the Global TV Demand Awards for the second year at NATPE in Miami on Jan. 21, 2020.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a staff writer at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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