Banijay Rights sells Diana doc to Euro, U.S. nets
Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group, has inked deals in the U.S., Europe, CEE and South Africa for Diana’s Death: The Search for the Truth.
U.S. network Reelz and A&E Networks for the UK and South Africa have secured the one-hour doc. Sky Italia has acquired the special, while Italian public broadcaster TV8 has also secured rights. The film has been picked up in Spain by ATRES for commercial-free TV broadcaster Mega and by AMC Networks International Iberia for ODISEA, in Israel by DBS and in CEE by TVN for Poland as well as public broadcaster RTVS in Slovakia.
The special, produced by Tony Comiti and directed by Manuel Laigfrefor for M6 in France, explores Diana’s death through the Mercedes car that crashed. According to the doc, the car had been badly damaged in an earlier road crash and was declared a write-off more than two years before her death. The story of how that car was spared the scrapheap and came to join the Ritz’s limousine service, is revealed.
The program features exclusive testimony from members of the investigation team and emergency services who were first to arrive on the scene of the crash, some of whom have never spoken before. The film also uses professional stunt teams to reconstruct key events to help understand what really happened.
TCB Media Rights closes deal with Essential Media and Entertainment
London-based rights and distribution company TCB Media Rights has closed a deal with Australia’s Essential Media and Entertainment for 55 hours of new and existing factual entertainment programming.
Under the deal are such titles as the Gourmet Farmer (52×30), now in its fourth season on SBS Australia, as well as the new digital series #Shelfie with Dan Hong, which won two categories at this year’s Australian Online Video Awards.
TCB Media Rights addition of Essential titles bumps its portfolio and brings the number of new hours currently to launch at Mipcom to 250. The distributor is heading to Cannes, France with a slate of 36 brand new shows covering the factual and factual-entertainment spectrum.
Such titles include ITN Productions’ docuseries easyJet: Inside the Cockpit (pictured, 3×60), which offers unprecedented access to the high-pressure pilot-training scheme at the UK’s fastest growing airline; Spirit Level’s Wartime Crime (6×60), a docudrama series that looks at the street gangs, thieves and predators whose criminal instincts were unleashed by the conflict surrounding them in the Second World War; Blizzard Road’s Desert Collectors (13×60), set in the ‘Wild West’ goldfield of Western Australia which debuted on A+E in March; and MediaWorks’ property renovation show Slice of Paradise (8×60), now airing on New Zealand television channel, Three.
Bomanbridge Media makes a roster of sales to pan regional Asian broadcasters
Singapore-based content distribution and production agency Bomanbridge Media has made multiple distribution sales for its lifestyle titles to pan regional Asian broadcasters.
National Geographic Asia has picked up the 10-part series John Torode’s Korean Food Tour, distributed internationally by Argonon International. The series follows celebrity chef John Torode on his food adventures in South Korea, as he learns about the top 100 Korean dishes and then recreates them in his own kitchen. Philippines broadcaster ABS-CBN also acquired the series, along with My Floating Home, a program featuring the adventures of families who are building the ultimate waterside dream homes.
The series is a copro between Denhams TV, UKTV and Korea’s Hyundai Media broadcast arm, supported by the Korea Communications Agency.
Elsewhere, A+E Networks Asia acquired seasons three and four of the lifestyle travel series Top Travel. The series explores the ultimate in travel and entertainment from scuba diving off the Great Barrier Reef to gondola rides in Venice.
And Thailand public broadcaster True Visions picked up On The Go, a lifestyle travel series featuring former Ms. Great Britain, Amy Kitchingman, in her Middle East adventures as she brings audiences to exotic holiday destinations and shares tips on healthy living and fitness.