DRG lands rights to “Syria’s Torture Machine”

Distribution company DRG has secured the international rights to Channel 4's Syria's Torture Machine (pictured) and lined up sales for Sri Lanka's Killing Fields, both of which are current affairs documentaries produced by ITN Productions.
January 19, 2012

Distribution company DRG has secured the international rights to UK network Channel 4′s Syria’s Torture Machine and lined up sales for Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, both of which are current affairs documentaries produced by ITN Productions.

Syria’s Torture Machine is a one-hour documentary presented by journalist Jonathan Miller, which looks into the systematic detention and torture of Syrian civilians. The investigation is billed as featuring video evidence of brutal beatings and torture, including stories of victims, refugees and activists who have allegedly witnessed or experienced torture at the hands of the Syrian government.

ITN Productions’ other documentary, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, has sold to ABC in Australia, AETN18 and TV Today Network in India, DR in Denmark, and NRK in Norway.

The one-hour doc, presented by Jon Snow, is an investigation into the final weeks of the civil war between Sri Lanka’s government and the secessionist rebels, the Tamil Tigers. Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK, includes descriptions and video evidence of executions and abuse against civilians.

Patrick Roberts, senior VP of international sales at DRG, said: “Following a year of global civil unrest, these hard-hitting current affairs documentaries resonate with audiences and stimulate debate around the world.”

Chris Shaw, editorial director at ITN Productions, added: “Both of these documentaries expose wrongdoing by using firsthand video evidence filmed by victims and perpetrators on their smart phones, which is forming a new wave of TV journalism made possible by social networks and smartphone technology.”

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