“Looking For Mike,” “Hidden Villages” land in Canada

Distributor TVF International has sold several crime, wildlife and lifestyle titles to networks across North America, including the special Looking for Mike (pictured).
September 14, 2016

London-based distributor TVF International has sold several crime, wildlife and lifestyle titles to networks across North America.

In Canada, Bell Media picked up Looking for Mike (one x 60 minutes, pictured) for its Investigation channel. The special follows filmmaker Dylan Reibling as he delves into the mysterious death of his friend, Mike De Bourcier. The company also acquired the Channel 4 special Murder In Paradise (one x 60 minutes), about the murder of two backpackers in Thailand.

Meanwhile, pubcaster Radio Canada picked up the blue-chip miniseries Wild City with David Attenborough (three x 60 minutes) and Oak Tree: Nature’s Greatest Survivor (two x 60 minutes).

Zoomer Media acquired the first three seasons of lifestyle series Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages, which originally aired on Channel 4, as well as the health specials Yogawoman (one x 60 minutes) and Detox (two x 60 minutes), plus a selection of short-form content on Superfoods.

In the United States, American Public Television took the first two seasons of Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages as well as the special The Changing Face of the Queen.

The deals were brokered by Daniel Nembhard, senior sales, acquisitions and formats executive at TVF International.

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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.