Sales roundup: Deals for Orange Smarty, Blue Ant Int’l and IFC

Orange Smarty secures sales on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle doc UK indie factual distributor Orange Smarty has secured a number of sales for ITN Productions’ Prince Harry & Meghan: Truly, Madly, ...
November 28, 2017

Orange Smarty secures sales on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle doc

UK indie factual distributor Orange Smarty has secured a number of sales for ITN Productions’ Prince Harry & Meghan: Truly, Madly, Deeply (pictured).

The distributor has closed deals with channels including CBC in Canada; Seven Network Australia; W9 for France; TVNZ in New Zealand; ITV Choice for Asia, Middle East and Africa; TV2 Norway; TV3 Group Eire; BBC Lifestyle in Poland; Medialaan in Belgium; Sanoma Media Finland; TVB in Hong Kong and Ananey in Israel.

On the heels of the couples’ announced engagement yesterday (Nov. 27), offers have also come in from Italy, Netherlands and Austria.

The ITV documentary uses first-hand accounts by those close to the couple to tell audiences the story of how a home-grown Hollywood girl will become the first all-American princess, and the impact she could have on the evolving image of the British monarchy.

The film will also look ahead to what the wedding will look like and how the couples’ lives will change.

Blue Ant International sells 600 hours of content in Asia-Pacific

Toronto-based distributor Blue Ant International has sold over 600 hours of 4K and HD programming to multiple Asia-Pacific broadcasters.

The distributor has licensed over 25 hours of programming to Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific. In India, Discovery pre-bought the rights to natural history series Deadly Australians (4 x 60, Wildbear Productions); Wild Survivors (3 x 60, Plimsoll Productions); Untamed Valley (3 x 60, Plimsoll Productions); and lifestyle series I’ve Got Something To Tell You (6 x 60, Zig Zag Productions for UKTV).

National Geographic Channels International (Asia) has acquired two returning lifestyle series: The second seasons of What’s For Sale? With A View (13 x 30, Blue Ant Media) and Fish of the Day (8 x30, Wild Film).

Blue Ant International has also finalized a deal in Hong Kong with VuiTV for over 100 hours of content. Highlights from this package include Cream Productions’ Murder U (6 x 60) and the doc How We Got Gay ( 1 x 60), produced by madHIVE Media for CBC.

In the kid’s category, the first season of Make it Big, Make it Small (7 x 60) was sold to Mediacorp in Singapore and TVB in Hong Kong. The show aims to explain science and technology to inspire kids to apply new knowledge to their own DIY projects and crafts.

Rounding out key sales highlights in the region includes a deal made for Thailand’s True Vision for the paranormal series Evil Encounters (12 x 60, Cream Productions for T+E) and food competition show Home Chef to Pro Chef (14 x 30, Our House Media for Makeful).

IFC takes U.S. rights to “Killing for Love”

IFC Films is acquiring U.S. distribution rights to Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger’s Killing for Love.

The documentary presents the case of Jens Soering, who was convicted in 1990 of murdering his girlfriend’s parents and is serving a double life sentence in a Virginia prison. As seen in  courtroom footage, the prosecution argued this was a killing for love. The film sheds new light on the trial and reveals critical facts that support Soering’s declarations of innocence, with a pardon request pending before Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

Produced by Filmperspektive, Killing for Love screened at film festivals including IDFA’s Masters section, Denver, Virginia, River Run and DOC NYC. The film was broadcast on television in Denmark, Israel, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and other networks around the world.

Producer Louise Rosen and Consulting Producer Peter Broderick negotiated the deal with IFC/Sundance Selects. Business affairs for the producers were handled by Iddo Arad of Frankfurt Kernit Klein & Selz.

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