London-based indie prodco Blink Films has won three new factual commissions for broadcasters in the UK, U.S., Canada, Australia and France.
The Last Days of Jesus has been commissioned by PBS in the U.S., Channel 5 in the UK and Vision Canada with Drive securing a pre-sale to SBS Australia.
The two-hour special looks at Jesus’ life through the prism of Rome, examining how Roman power plays in the Galilee and Judea affected events that may have shaped Jesus’ life and death.
Blink Films is co-producing alongside Associated Producers with Dan Chambers, Simcha Jacobovici and David McNab executive producing. PBS International is distributing the documentary worldwide and PBS Distribution will release The Last Days of Jesus on DVD and Digital HD.
Blink Films has also been commissioned to produce a fourth series of Secrets (pictured) (8×60) for Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. and Channel 5 UK, with pre-sales secured by Drive to France 5 and SBS Australia.
Distributed by BBC Worldwide, the series is known as Ancient Mysteries in the UK and plays out internationally as Treasures Decoded. In each episode, archaeological discoveries shed light on the ancient world. Subjects include The Real Tower of Babel, The Stonehenge Mass Grave Riddle and The Real Garden of Eden. Dan Chambers and Andra Heritage executive produce the series, with Michael Douglas series producing.
Volatile Earth is a new 3×60 PBS NOVA production by Blink for WGBH Boston in the U.S. and More4 in the UK supported by EU Media Plus. Distributor Drive has secured presales to SBS and Foxtel Australia, Discovery Italy and RMC France for two episodes .
The three episodes of the series are individual detective stories discovering the most extreme natural events over the last 50,000 years, and how they shaped Earth. Blink’s Dan Chambers is executive producer for all three episodes with Oliver Twinch series producing.
“Our aim for the last 12 months was to build our portfolio of premium factual content both in the UK and internationally. These three major new series highlight our growing network of co-production and broadcast partners, as well as a commitment to strengthening ties with our existing collaborators,” said Dan Chambers, Blink Films’ co-founder, in a statement.