Sales roundup: “The Final Four” heads to Russia; DRG picks up WildBear titles

Russia’s CTC picks up Armoza’s “Final Four” Russian broadcaster CTC has commissioned a first season of Armoza Formats’ singing competition title, The Final Four, with the local adaptation airing this fall. Fox ...
August 17, 2017

Russia’s CTC picks up Armoza’s “Final Four”

Russian broadcaster CTC has commissioned a first season of Armoza Formats’ singing competition title, The Final Four, with the local adaptation airing this fall.

Fox recently announced it would be making The Four — a U.S. version of the prime-time singing series. Since its launch at MIPTV in April, the show has been picked up in France, Spain, Italy, Norway and Denmark.   

The Final Four starts with four finalists selected by a trio of top music judges. In each episode, talented hopefuls have the chance to steal a spot from one of the final four. Anyone can become a contestant at any time via submissions on a dedicated app, but only the best will be able to challenge the four finalists. In the season finale, one contestant will be crowned the winner when the final four battle against each other.

Abramrorama picks up U.S. theatrical rights to Bending The Arc

Distributor Abramorama has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to Bending the Arc, by directors Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos.

Produced by Cori Shepherd Stern, the doc tells the story of three Harvard med students: Jim Kim, current president of the World Bank, and Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, who became pioneers of global health. The trio invented the international framework for fighting diseases such as tuberculosis, AIDS, SARS and Ebola.

Bending The Arc premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will open on Oct. 6 in New York, followed by a release to Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and select cities across the U.S.

Geralyn White Dreyfous and Kelsey Koenig negotiated the deal with Abramorama on behalf of Impact Partners.

DRG acquires six new titles from WildBear Entertainment 

UK distributor DRG has acquired six new titles from Australian factual producer WildBear Entertainment.

DRG will officially launch the programs at MIPCOM 2017. The titles are a broad mix of wildlife and history topics, including a fourth series of the ‘Baby Animals’ (pictured) strand.

Baby Animals and Friends (10 x 60) takes a wide range of cute baby animals from around the world and follows their lives and behaviour through the changing seasons. In the Wild: Horses (2 x 60) and In the Wild: Return of the Dingo (1 x 60) are programs about two of Australia’s most iconic animals – the wild horse and the dingo.

Impossible Peace (8 x 60) is a new history series which investigates what went wrong after the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 that caused the Second World War to break out only two decades later. The series examines how the tensions, rivalries and jealousies that were in play made war on a global scale inevitable.

Also examining World War II is the 8 x 60-minute series Battles Won and Lost, which is a contemporary take on the pivotal moments that shaped the deadliest conflict in history. Using archive footage, eyewitness testimony and experts including historians and military leaders, the program look at strategies and outcomes from major battles such as Pearl Harbour.

Finally, Power (8 x 60), produced for Discovery Italy and AB Droits Audiovisuels in France, reveals how major technological developments at sea, on land, by rail and in the air have influenced all aspects of society from travel to trade and warfare, changing the course of history and defining the direction of our technological future.

DRG struck the deal with WildBear through its agent, Edwina Thring of Wild Thring Media.


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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.