Sales round-up: BBC signs AMI deal, Sky sells to the Nordics

Canadian digital TV channel AMI picked up over 50 hours of factual content from the BBC, while Sky sold over 50 hours of programming into Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland.
September 19, 2016

BBC Worldwide North America and AMI-tv have signed their first-ever content deal, which will see Accessible Media-owned Canadian digital cable channel AMI pick up over 50 hours of factual content from the BBC.

Series included in the AMI-BBC deal include David Beckham: For the Love of the Game and 24 Hours on Earth. The former follows soccer legend David Beckham as he attempts to play a soccer match on all seven continents of the globe, travelling to 11 countries in 13 days. The latter travels through a virtual day, from dawn to dusk to night, showing how different animals have adapted to make the most of every moment. The deal was brokered by Brad Horvath, content sales executive for BBC Worldwide North America in Canada and Brian Perdue, director of programming at AMI-tv.

Meanwhile, Sky’s been making some significant inroads with its fact-ent programming in Nordic countries with Sky Vision, the company’s international distribution and production arm, reporting growing sales to broadcasters in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland.

Danish public broadcaster DR has picked up more than 50 hours of Sky Vision’s factual content, including several wildlife titles, such as Gangland KillersBig Cats: My Amazing Animal Family and Richard E Grant’s Seven Deadly Sins of the Animal Kingdom (pictured).

In Sweden, public broadcaster SVT has acquired over 20 hours of factual content, including A Kylie Christmas and Michael McIntyre’s Very Christmassy Show, plus Sky Vision’s 10-part social history of music series Inventions That Rocked The World.

Sky Vision factual entertainment clip shows Crazy WheelsWhat Went DownAnimals Unleashed and People Behaving Badly were also acquired by Scandinavian broadcaster SBS Group, TV2 Denmark, TV2 Norway, Fox and MTG.

TV2 Denmark and TV2 Norway also picked up Love Productions’ new competitive entertainment series The Great Pottery Throwdown.

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