Extra: Cineflix links with Fusion; Fox, Burnett prep series

In today's 'Extra,' Cineflix Rights acquires the international distribution rights to two titles from Fusion, ITV Studios Global Entertainment secures three South American deals and Fox orders a dating series from Mark Burnett. (Pictured: BBQ Champ)
January 18, 2016

Cineflix Rights acquires Fusion titles

London-based distributor Cineflix Rights has acquired the exclusive international distribution rights to U.S. net Fusion’s docuseries Hell’s Satans (8 x 30 minutes, Standard Arts Inc.), chronicling a Richmond, Virginia-based outlaw moped gang; and documentary Miami Porn (1 x 60 minutes, Standard Arts Inc.), exposing the U.S. adult entertainment industry by shadowing five indie producers. Both titles will be launched to the international marketplace by Sabrina Ayala, VP and GM of Italy, France, Iberia and Latin America, at the annual NATPE Miami market. The deals were brokered by Cineflix Rights’ Anthony Kimble, VP of coproductions and U.S. acquisitions.

Fox orders dating series from Mark Burnett

U.S. broadcaster Fox has ordered 10 episodes of an as-yet-untitled, Caribbean-set dating series from Survivor executive producer Mark Burnett. According to a release, the series will “take the instant ‘yes or no’ connection of modern digital romance to the next level,” and will match single men and women based on “instant chemistry” with their real compatibility to be tested soon after. More details are to be announced at a later date.

“I am so happy to be making my first dating series with Fox,” said Burnett in a statement. “It’s a genre that attracts a wide audience and our series gives a very fresh perspective that mirrors real life.” The series is produced by MGM Television and Grandma’s House Entertainment. Burnett, Ben NewmarkDan Newmark and Larry Barron are exec producing, with MGM set as the worldwide distributor outside of the U.S. and Canada.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment secures deals in Brazil, Argentina 

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has sent its formats to broadcasters in Brazil and Argentina ahead of NATPE. In Brazil, SBT has ordered weekly cooking competition series BBQ Champ (14 x 60 minutes, pictured), which is slated to premiere early this year on the network, while Globo TV has acquired award-winning reality format The Audience, which showcases 50 people following one individual to help them make a life-changing decision. The series is scheduled to bow early this year within Globo’s ‘Fantastico’ program. Elsewhere, Argentina’s El Trece has retained the rights to game show format The Alphabet Game (14 x 60 minutes) which will be known locally as Pasapalabra and air later this month. The deals were brokered by Christina Covarrubias, director of sales for Latin America at ITVS GE.

Sky Vision, Bellum Entertainment partner on Great Escapes

Sky Vision, the distribution arm of the UK broadcaster, and U.S. prodco Bellum Entertainment have launched the lifestyle series Great Escapes (104 x 30 minutes). The series features experienced travel writers exploring some of the world’s most extreme and luxurious accommodations, ranging from unconventional treehouses in Sweden to sleeping pods suspended on a Chilean mountain face. Great Escapes marks the third of a six-series deal between Bellum and Sky Vision, following deals for Kids Do the Craziest Things and People Behaving Badly. The deal also follows the acquisition and global sales of clip series What Went Down and crime programs It Takes a Killer and Corrupt Crime, both of which were launched by Sky Vision over the previous 18 months. Sky Vision will handle the international distribution for Great Escapes while Bellum Entertainment will focus on U.S. syndication.

With files from Manori Ravindran.

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