Extra: RTL plants “Wishing Tree,” M6 takes Eastwood doc

In today's 'Extra,' Talpa's The Wishing Tree inks another deal in Belgium and France's M6 acquires a Clint Eastwood doc (pictured) for pay-TV net Paris Première.
May 31, 2016

Belgium’s RTL picks up Talpa’s “Wishing Tree”

French-language Belgian network RTL has acquired Talpa’s primetime family entertainment format The Wishing Tree. The series sees young children hang a wish on a tree on behalf of someone they think deserves it. The wishes are then fulfilled. The format has been acquired by networks in Greece, Moldova, Slovakia and by VTM for Flemish-speaking Belgium. In March, the UK’s ITV ordered a non-broadcast pilot based on the series.

France’s M6 Group acquires Clint Eastwood doc from Prime

French broadcaster M6 Group has acquired the rights to The Secret Album of Clint Eastwood (1 x 70 minutes/1 x 52 minutes, pictured) from producer Prime Entertainment Group. The doc, which will air on the company’s pay-TV network Paris Première, profiles the actor and filmmaker through interviews and never-before-seen footage. The doc has previously aired on SRC in Canada, Sic  Television in Portugal and ABS-CBN in the Philippines, among other nets.

Flame Distribution sells “Ancient Angkor,” Nigel Latta series

Sydney-based distributor Flame has sold more than 65 hours of programming to networks in Canada, Asia, Australia and Israel. Discovery Channel in Canada has picked up the 4K natural history doc Ancient Angkor, while Discovery Asia has acquired Railroad Australia.

In Australia, digital net 7Mate picked up the Canadian series Restoration Garage, Mediacorp took Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up and Is Sugar the New Fat?, Foxtel Lifestyle Food Channel acquired the third season of Cactus TV’s Saturday Kitchen as well as Lyndey Milan’s Summer Baking Secrets, Before I Kick the Bucket and The Big House Reborn.

Foxtel’s History Channel picked up a package that included the BBC’s Highwaymen and Pirates & Rogues, A&E’s The Herbert Brothers, Heroes of the Somme, Tony Robinson’s Walking Through History, and seasons one and four of Grand Tours of the Scottish Isles. 

Lastly, Israel’s Anany Channels acquired lifestyle series Run For Your Life, Before I Kick the Bucket and How to Live to 100 as well as two seasons of The Shelbourne, Donal Skehan’s Kitchen Hero: Donal’s Irish Feast and travel show Jet Set.

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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.