Sales round-up: “Prank Star” returns to Italy; TVF Int’l makes sales in ANZ

TVF International makes sales in Australia and New Zealand Broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand have picked up new programs from London-based factual distributor TVF International. ANZ broadcasters Foxtel, SBS and Sky ...
May 24, 2017

TVF International makes sales in Australia and New Zealand

Broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand have picked up new programs from London-based factual distributor TVF International.

ANZ broadcasters Foxtel, SBS and Sky Prime have secured rights to the four-part docuseries, Inside Windsor Castle. The royal docu-drama from Red Planet Pictures and Wildfire Television was co-commissioned by UK commercial broadcaster Channel 5 and Smithsonian as a sequel to Inside Buckingham Palace. Foxtel also picked up CBC’s crime doc Looking for Mike (1 x 44) and Channel NewsAsia’s ISIS: Road to Radicalisation (2 x 47).

Foxtel and Sky’s art’s channels snapped up Bloomberg TV’s contemporary art series Brilliant Ideas (75 x 30) (pictured), following deals of the series globally to Dutch broadcaster AVRO and pan-African channel Ebony Life.

Australian pubcaster ABC picked up CBC’s Sugar Sisters (1 x 44) and BBC’s Confessions of a Sex Addict (1 x 57). New Zealand’s TVNZ picked up Antidote Media’s BBC3 Professor Green trilogy Suicide and Me, Dangerous Dogs and Hidden and Homeless.

National Geographic Channel snapped up a slate of history titles including A+E-owned History’s WWII: Forgotten Ally (1 x 60), the story of the brutal Pacific war during WWII and three programs from U.S.-based Screenscope: Dispatches from the Gulf (2 x 57), Plan B: Mobilising to Save Civilisation (1 x 87) and Extreme Realities (1 x 52), all produced for PBS’ ‘Journey to Planet Earth’ strand. Madman Entertainment also licensed the latest series of Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages for DVD distribution across the region.

Mediaset Italia 1 reorders Gil Formats’ Prank Star

Gil Formats competition series Prank Star has been recommissioned for a second season in Italy by Mediaset’s Italia 1 following its launch on the channel in March 2017.

New deals for the entertainment format have also been secured, following MIPTV 2017, with production companies in France with R&G Productions and Seapoint in Germany.

Nationwide auditions for the program find the country’s funniest people who think they have what it takes the title of the nation’s Prank Star. Once contestants are through the audition process, they are given specific pranks, hidden camera challenges and comedy scenarios which they must then pull off. The top pranksters then head to the grand finale where they will perform the most daring prank.

Electus International picks up global distribution rights to How It Really Happened with Hill Harper

Electus International has picked up the global distribution rights to the HLN series How it Really Happened with Hill Harper, which takes an in-depth look at infamous trials and cases, high-profile mysteries and celebrity tragedies.

The twelve-episode series explores the true stories behind cases with buzz, including O.J. Simpson, JonBenet Ramsey, Prince, Michael Jackson and more.

The deal was brokered by John Pollak of Electus International — the global distribution arm of Electus.

The series was recently renewed for a second season and will air Sept. 15, 2017, after first debuting on the channel in January.

Comedy Central UK acquires Rumpus Media’s Joel and Nish vs the World

Comedy Central UK has acquired Rumpus Media’s Joel and Nish vs the World, which will air later this year on the channel.

The new series (6×60) follows comedians Joel Dommett and Nish Kumar as they immerse themselves in the daily lives of the fittest and toughest people in the world. The duo step outside of their comfort zone and explore the health benefits of a lifestyle based on ancient practices versus the “western” lifestyle they are used too.

BBC Worldwide will distribute the series and format internationally.

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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.