Dogwoof inks George Best in UK, Ireland
UK documentary distributor Dogwoof has secured the UK and Ireland rights to the Daniel Gordon-helmed feature doc George Best: All By Himself (pictured), about the famous Belfast-born professional footballer.
A Fine Point Films production, the film lifts the veil on the life of the late football star, using previously unseen and rare archival material with dramatic re-enactment and contributions from sports journalists, biographers and those who knew Best best to tell his tale. It’s the story of a gifted soccer player, looking at both his genius and his flaws, from the summit of his playing prowess in 1968 all the way through a continual downward spiral of self-destruction that plagued the player’s life both on and off the field as he was brought down by drink, depression and temptation.
George Best: All By Himself was funded by BBC, ESPN and Northern Ireland Screen. Passion Pictures’ John Battsek (Searching for Sugar Man, The Imposter) served as a producer along with Fine Point Films’ Trevor Birney (Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, co-producer) and Brendan J. Byrne (Jump, Maze, producer). The distribution deal was signed between Oli Harbottle, head of distribution at Dogwoof, and Fine Point’s Birney.
Hat Trick sends The Reassembler abroad
London-based distributor Hat Trick International has secured a raft of global deals for the Plum Pictures-made docuseries James May: The Reassembler.
Originally produced for BBC4, the 7 x 60-minute motoring series follows The Grand Tour presenter as he discovers how forgotten and beloved engineering marvels actually function.
The series has already sold to a total of 55 countries worldwide, including BBC Worldwide channels in Africa, Poland, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Belgium’s Viewcom.
Red Arrow gets Married in France
French broadcaster M6 has acquired social experiment global format Married at First Sight from German distribution sales house Red Arrow International.
Created by Snowman Production Denmark, the series follows singles yearning for a life-long partnership as they agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet. It will produced by M6′s in-house prodco, Studio 89, and is slated to premiere across the channel on Nov. 7.
Married at First Sight has rolled out in in nearly 25 countries, including Channel 4 in the UK, Nine in Australia, Sky Uno in Italy, DR1 in Denmark, Lifetime in Africa and Sat.1 in Germany.
Bulgaria tells Tapla’s Story
Dutch producer Talpa Media has sent its social experiment docuformat The Story of My Life to Bulgarian broadcaster BTV.
The localized adaptation marks the fourth commission since its launch at mid-October’s MIPCOM market in Cannes. The format has already sold to the Netherlands on RTL4, Russia on Channel One, and Germany on Vox.
The talk show-makeover hybrid series is slated to feature celebrity couples as they embark on a time travel journey into the future. Professional make-up artists will age each couple 25 and 50 years to determine what they think and how they will react to seeing their loved one age.
Further sales announcements are expected for the docuformat.
with files from Jonathan Paul, realscreen