Breakthrough Entertainment signs HBO Central Europe deal

Ahead of DISCOP, Toronto-based producer/distributor Breakthrough Entertainment has licensed factual entertainment series Books Into Films to HBO Central Europe.
June 10, 2011

Ahead of DISCOP, Toronto-based producer/distributor Breakthrough Entertainment has licensed factual entertainment series Books Into Films to HBO Central Europe.

The Central European arm of HBO will air the series across Eastern and Central European territories.


Books Into Films looks into why certain books were chosen to be adapted into blockbuster films, including Forrest Gump and The Lord of the Rings.

In addition to the HBO Central Europe deal, Breakthrough also finalized deals with Eastern European broadcasters for more than 375 hours of programming.

Travel and cooking series David Rocco’s Dolce Vita was licensed to Fiesta TV (Bulgaria), while the documentary series Battlefield Mysteries was acquired for DVD distribution by CODI (Czech Republic).

Factual series Crackedberry’d: The Truth About Information Overload along with lifestyle series Plastic Makes Perfect were sold to Czech TV (Czech Republic), and Man TV (Russia) picked up The Future Revealed and the entertainment series War of the Wheels.

The Re-Inventors was sold to Men TV and Television Collection in Russia.  Slovak Television (Slovakia) will broadcast Streets of the World and Trevano Pictures picked up Combat Forces, Science of the Senses, Countdown to the Future, Future Revealed, Battlefield Mysteries, Innovation Nation as well as Future Medicine.

Lastly, Breakthrough has sold over 100 hours of programming to Albania’s Imperial Distribution, encompassing the company’s scripted, unscripted and kids programming, including Plastic Makes Perfect, Less Than Kind, War of the Wheels and Science of the Senses.

“Eastern Europe is a vital territory for Breakthrough Entertainment and we’re delighted to be working with some of this region’s most prominent companies,” said Nat Abraham, VP of distribution.

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