Oscilloscope picks up rights to Apatow’s Avett Brothers doc
Produced by Apatow Productions, in association with RadicalMedia, the documentary is an intimate portrait of North Carolina band The Avett Brothers (pictured). The doc charts the band’s rise to fame while chronicling their present-day collaboration with producer Rick Rubin on the multi-Grammy-nominated album True Sadness.
With the recording process as a backdrop, the film depicts the bond and partnership as band members experience marriage, divorce, parenthood, illness and the challenges of the music business.
May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers will air on HBO in early 2018. UTA Independent Film Group brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
The film premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival where it received the “24 Beats Per Second Audience Award.”
TVF International inks pre-sales for John Torode’s Asia
London-based indie distributor TVF International has inked pre-sales for a new cooking series featuring Australian presenter John Torode as he goes in search of the finest food in Asia.
Commissioned by UKTV, John Torode’s Asia (10 x 30) was pre-bought by Foxtel Australia for its Lifestyle channel.
“John Torode is a firm favorite with our viewers and his previous series have performed very strongly for Lifestyle. We are thrilled to be adding his latest culinary adventure, John Torode’s Asia, to our premium food programming line up,” said Hannah Barnes, general manager, Lifestyle Group, in a statement.
National Geographic Channels Asia also pre-bought the series, which will roll out across Asia and MENA in 2018.
ZED heads to Sunny Side of the Doc with slate of programming
Independent French producer and distributor ZED is heading to Sunny Side on the Doc with a slate of programming in production and development.
History programming takes central stage with titles such as Korea: The Never-Ending War. The Israel-Palestinian conflict is the subject of Israel, a Twice-Promised Land from Roche Productions. ZED is also handling worldwide distribution on the Cinétévé produced, The American Dreams of Bobby Kennedy, a portrait of the politician during the four years preceding his assassination.
ZED’s Sunny Side lineup also includes completed films such as ISS: 24/7 on a Space Station, which shows what life is like inside the biggest orbital station ever built (The Prod for RMC Découverte); Mona Lisa Production’s The Science of Hypnosis, a scientific look into the neurological mechanisms behind hypnosis; and China, Land of Colors, an exploration into China seen through the prism of the country’s dominant colors and their symbolic meanings (ZED).
Also heading to Sunny Side is ZED’s 4K The Secret Versailles of Marie Antoinette which has already been pre-sold in more than 15 territories including Japan (NHK), Germany (ZDF), Austria (Servus TV), the United States (Ovation), and Scandinavia (Viasat).