TVF sells “Breaking the Taboo,” “Commandos”

British distributor TVF International has secured deals for more than 100 hours of factual and doc programming with networks in Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia, for titles including The Queen's Mother-in-Law (pictured).
April 16, 2013

British distributor TVF International inked deals for more than 100 hours of factual and documentary programming.

The company sold more than 50 hours of programming to sub-Saharan broadcaster Wananchi, including Breaking The Taboo (one x 52-minutes); The Changing Face of… (9 x 52-minutes); My Brother the Serial Killer (one x 52-minutes); and Channel 4′s The Queen’s Mother-in-Law (one x 48-minutes, pictured above).

In Europe, France 5 picked up the fourth season of The World from Above (14 x 26-minutes); AB Groupe France bought The End of Ageing (one x 52-minutes); Spain’s TVE picked up a package of TVF’s ‘Real’ series that includes The Real Sherlock Holmes (one x 52-minutes), War Horse: the Real Story (one x 52-minutes), and The Real Inglorious Bastards (one x 52-minutes); and Hungary’s Viasat6 picked up 26 hours of male-skewing programming including Special Forces (four x 48-minutes) and Commandos (four x 52-minutes)

Elsewhere, Australian network Foxtel picked up several titles including Golden Age of Steam Railways (two x 60-minutes) and Jesus: The Cold Case (one x 52-minutes), while airline Qantas bought Codebreaker (one x 53-minutes).

In South Korea, OBS acquired a package of aerial shows including Britain’s Treasures from the Air (one x 52- minutes), while KBS nabbed the blue-chip wildlife one-off Galapagos: Realm of Giant Sharks (one x 52-minutes).

The deals were penned during and following MIPTV, which took place in Cannes earlier month.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.