Blue Ant sells more than 300 hours of content globally
Blue Ant International, a division of Blue Ant Media, has sold more than 300 hours of content to international content providers.
Sales highlights include Scripps Networks Interactive Asia picking up the lifestyle series Post My Party (13 x 30; General Purpose Entertainment) and Holiday Makeover (6 x 30; Blue Ant Media).
Meanwhile, Discovery Networks (New Zealand & Benelux) bought I’ve Got Something To Tell You (6 x 60; Zig Zag Productions).
Czech TV commercial linear channel FTV Prima acquired How the World Endss (6 x 60; CMJ Productions), which explores some of the most widely-held doomsday forecasts; and Airport: Below Zero (10 x 60; Our House Media), a series featuring the Edmonton International Airport.
TVN International Extra took Risk Takers I & II (18 x 60; CMJ Productions), which features some of the most adventurous people and professions; and Stunt Stars (10 x 60; CMJ Productions), a series that puts the spotlight on adrenaline junkies who have spent their lives entertaining audiences with their daring performances.
Société Radio-Canada (North America) picked up the sixth season of Hope For Wildlife (13 x 60; Arcadia Entertainment), featuring Hope Swinimer and her staff who rehabilitate wildlife.
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (North America) acquired season 0ne and two of nature and wildlife series Arctic Secrets (8 x 60; White Pine Pictures) which explores The Arctic through aerial panoramas.
FilmRise, ITV Studios Global Entertainment ink distribution deal
Indie film and TV distributor FilmRise and ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) have signed a distribution deal.
The agreement includes over 1,000 hours of television programs and mini-series for Amazon’s U.S. Prime Video streaming service. Included in the deal are TV programs such as Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares.
FilmRise also recently inked a deal with indie prodco Carsey-Werner to bring content to Amazon.
Max Einhorn, VP of acquisitions of FilmRise brokered the deal with Rob Kaplan of ITVS GE.
Screen Australia invests $3.5 million across 12 documentaries
Screen Australia today announced $3.5 million in production funding for 12 documentary projects through the Documentary Producer and Commissioned programs.
The slate includes an adaptation of Jimmy Barnes’ memoir Working Class Boy; a second season of SBS’ docuseries Filthy Rich & Homeless; and a three-part series looking at the the life of cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne.
In total $850,000 was allocated through the Producer program and $2.66 million through the Commissioned program.
The six projects funded through the Documentary Producer strand includes a feature-length version of producer/director team Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw’s Guardian short The Fight (pictured). The film examines the discrimination faced by people with disabilities in Bolivia.
And in the Documentary Commissioned stream is Stranger Than Fiction Films’ Australia in Colour for SBS, produced in association with Arrow Media. The four-part series will take a look at pivotal moments in Australi’s nation’s history from 1900 – 1970. Using cutting-edge technology to colourise black and white archival footage, the country’s culture and people are given a new life.
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