“World’s Richest Dogs,” “Combat Dealers” head to CEE

Networks and VOD platforms in Central and Eastern Europe have picked up more than 70 hours of programming, including World's Richest Dogs (pictured), from distributor TCB Media Rights.
November 10, 2014

Networks and VOD platforms in Central and Eastern Europe have picked up more than 70 hours of programming from London-based distributor TCB Media Rights.

Despite unrest between key territories Russia and Ukraine having an impact on acquisition budgets, the company says it is still seeing demand for specialist factual from broadcasters in the region.

In Poland, commercial broadcaster TVN acquired more than 20 hours of programming including the documentary World’s Richest Dogs (1 x one hour, pictured) and Surveillance (19 x 30 minutes) – both originally produced by Australia’s Seven Network – as well as season one of WAGTV’s Combat Dealers (6 x 60 minutes).

The network also picked up Arrow Media’s Worlds Most Extreme (6 x 60 minutes) and Sun, Sea and Love Cheats (1 x one hour), which was originally produced by Nine Lives Media & GME for the UK’s Channel 5.

Also in Poland, TVP1 bought Kate Middleton: Heir We Go Again – the first sale following a new distribution partnership between TCB and Woodcut Media – and Krakow-based VOD platform Grupa Onet acquired 33 hours of programming.

AMC Networks Europe, which operates channels in 15 countries in the region, acquired Snap TV’s Ainsley Eats the Streets (10 x 60 minutes); Steel Spyda’s Megafood (6 x 60 minutes); Worlds Most Extreme (6 x 60 minutes); Arrow Media’s 747: The Jumbo Jet Revolution (1 x one hour); Heavy Metal Monsters (6 x 30 minutes) and season one of Combat Dealers, both from WAGTV.

Ukraine’s Mega Channel acquired 35 hours including the feature doc Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine, produced by Furneaux Edgar & GME; Like A Shot’s Inquisition (4 x 60 minutes); WAGTV’s Twisted History (4 x 60 minutes); Australias Deadliest (12 x 30 minutes) and Shark Coast (1 x 60 minutes), both from Seven Network.

Finally, FTV Prima in the Czech Republic licensed more than 20 hours, including TVT’s feature doc The Hunt for Hitlers Missing Millions (1 x one hour) and Arrow’s Terror in the Skies (4 x 60 minutes).

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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.