TCB Media Rights inks historical presales
London-based distributor TCB Media Rights has secured a raft of pre-sale deals for its expanding history slate from UK indie Like A Shot Entertainment.
Inside Secret Societies (6 x 60 minutes, American Heroes Channel; pictured), which sheds light on some of the world’s most mysterious and dangerous societies, has been acquired by the recently rebranded Viasat World, France’s RMC Découverte and Australia’s Foxtel.
Heading down under is UKTV’s 3 x 60-minute series The Private Lives of the Tudors. The series, which chronicles the lives and scandals of the historical ruling family, has been sold to SBS and pre-sold to MTG. Additionally, Discovery Channel UK’s hour-long documentary The Somme: The First 24 Hours, profiling the British men who walked into one of the bloodiest battles of World War I, has been pre-sold to Australia’s SBS and Foxtel, as well as Historic Channel, which is available in 39 countries across Russia, the CIS and the Baltics.
TVF hands Smithsonian the keys to Buckingham Palace
U.S. cable network Smithsonian Channel has acquired the U.S. rights to Wildfire Television’s Inside Buckingham Palace from London-based distributor TVF International in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday.
The two-part special, which originally aired on UK pubcaster Channel 5, provides an exclusive in-depth look into the UK Monarchy’s residence and headquarters. Through rare archive footage and re-enactments, the films will recount the structure’s turbulent history from Queen Victoria’s reign to the years of Princess Diana, up to the young royals of today.
The special, which broadcasts tonight (May 16) at 10 p.m. EST/PST on Smithsonian Channel, has also been picked up by Swedish pubcaster SVT.
The deal was brokered by Daniel Nembhard, senior sales, acquisitions and formats executive at TVF International. TVF is currently negotiating deals for the special across Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Oasis doc name revealed
The title for the upcoming documentary on UK rock band Oasis will be Supersonic, named after one of the band’s first major hit singles. The project, exec produced by Amy and Senna helmer Asif Kapadia and produced by Amy producer James Gay-Rees, will premiere in October. Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo) directs. Lorton Distribution will handle the UK release while Independent handles international sales.
(With files from Barry Walsh)