Hat Trick Int’l pens deals for “Prisons,” “Freemasons”

The London-based distributor has secured a raft of sales for the Emporium Productions-made Inside the World's Toughest Prisons and has inked the distribution rights to the MIPCOM-bound Inside The Freemasons (pictured).
September 6, 2016

London-based distributor Hat Trick International has secured a raft of North American and European sales for the Emporium Productions-made factual title Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons.

The 4 x 60-minute series – in which Irish investigative journalist Paul Connolly lives as a prisoner in some of the world’s most notorious prisons – has been sold to Medialaan (Belgium), DR (Denmark), MTV Oy (Finland), Welt N24 (Germany), SBS Discovery (Norway) and TV4 (Sweden). Further acquisitions include BBC Brit (pan-Africa), Channel Nine (Australia) and Prime (New Zealand), as well as an unnamed broadcaster in Poland.

Exec produced by Emporium’s Emma Read, the series was originally produced for UK pubcaster Channel 5.

Elsewhere, the London sales house also acquired the distribution rights to Emporium’s Inside The Freemasons (pictured). The four-part obs-doc– originally commissioned by Sky1 – will be launched by Hat Trick at next month’s MIPCOM market in Cannes. The series provides an in-depth look at the world’s oldest social network, including rare footage of Freemason ceremonies, as it approaches its 300th anniversary.

Emporium Productions launched in 2015 by Read, alongside Hat Trick International’s production arm, Hat Trick Productions. The firm specializes in original popular factual programming and documentaries.

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