DRG makes more royal sales

International broadcasters in Australia and Japan have secured royal documentaries The Real King's Speech, Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters (pictured) and My Mother Diana from London-based distributor DRG.
January 16, 2012

International broadcasters in territories including Australia and Japan have secured royal docs The Real King’s Speech, Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters (pictured) and My Mother Diana from London-based distributor DRG.

The Real King’s Speech, produced by 1212 Entertainment for Channel 4 in the UK, has been picked up by NHK in Japan, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Israel’s DBS, Russia’s Channel One, and ORF in Austria. The one-hour special tells the real story of King George VI’s struggle to overcome his stammer, as seen in the 2010 narrative film The King’s Speech.

Meanwhile, King George VI’s brother Edward, who famously renounced the throne, is the subject of Telesgop’s one-hour special Wallis Simpson: The Secret Letters. The Channel 4 doc focuses on biographer Anne Sebba’s findings of the love affair between Prince Edward and Simpson, which include newly discovered documents written by Simpson around the time of the abdication. DRG has sold the film to Australian networks ABC and Foxtel’s History Channel Australia, Denmark’s DR and Noga in Israel.

Lastly, Canada’s Canal D and CBC News network, Direct TV in Latin America, Poland’s TVP, Russia’s Channel One and New Zealand’s Prime have picked up the one-hour factual special, My Mother Diana.

Also produced by 1212 Entertainment for More4 in the UK, the one-off tells the story of how Princess Diana’s life and relationship with the House of Windsor, as well as the media and public life have shaped her eldest son, Prince William.

“The Royal Wedding and theatrical releases, The King’s Speech and W.E. have sparked unprecedented global interest in the Royal Family,” said Patrick Roberts, SVP of international sales at DRG. “Each of these documentaries offer revelatory insights into the life of the Royals past and present and are destined for primetime slots on key broadcasters globally.”

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