Extra: Kew migrates Frantic’s library; All3Media, FremantleMedia secure deals

Kew brings on Frantic Films library Leading global distributor Kew Media Group has migrated more than 450 hours of content from Frantic Films to its distribution platform. Under the deal, Kew will ...
April 8, 2018

Kew brings on Frantic Films library

Leading global distributor Kew Media Group has migrated more than 450 hours of content from Frantic Films to its distribution platform.

Under the deal, Kew will internationally distribute Frantic’s content library, including true crime series In Plain Sight (52 x 30 minutes), which will debut at the global market at MIPTV in Cannes this week. The series reveals real-life cases of murder in which the culprit graced TV news reports, was interviewed by the media, or posted on social media or newspaper reports.

Based in Toronto and Winnipeg, Frantic Films’ content library encompasses projects across the lifestyle, factual, reality, sports, comedy and drama genres.

Frantic Films was acquired by Kew Media Groupin February 2017.

Further titles joining Kew’s distribution slate are the long-running lifestyle series Til Debt Do Us Part (Slice Network, Global), Guinea Pig (Discovery), Pitchin’ In (Food Network) and Buy It, Fix It, Sell It (HGTV).

All3Media Int’l sends 350 hours to Germany, Benelux

Indie distributor All3Media International has sent more than 350 hours of factual content to broadcasters across Germany and Benelux.

ZDF Germany has acquired Lion Television’s three-part series The Great Fire of London: In Real Time (produced for Channel 5), while two seasons of Studio Lambert’s Body Fixers  (10 x 60 minutes, for All4), which features a pop-up beauty parlor, have been sent to ProSieben.

Heading to RTL in the Benelux region, meanwhile, are seasons one and two of Studio Lambert’s Naked Attraction (15 x 60 minutes in total, for Channel 4) and two-part special Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine, as well as Maverick Television’s Escape.

Belgium’s VRT has picked up a package that features 20 Kids and Counting (1 x 60 minutes; Lion Television for Channel 4), Employable Me season two (4 x 60 minutes; Optomen Television for BBC2), Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens (pictured; 2 x 60 minutes; Blink Films for BBC2) and Rome: Empire Without Limit with Mary Beard (4 x 60 minutes; Lion Television for BBC2).

Also in Benelux, Discovery has taken rights to three North One titles featuring Guy Martin, all produced for Channel 4, including Guy Martin: Fastest Man on Two Wheels? (1 x 60 minutes); Guy Martin vs. The Robot Car (1 x 60 minutes); and three seasons of Speed with Guy Martin (11 x 60 minutes in total). The network has also acquired three hour-long specials from Lion Television, including The Great Wall Of China: The Hidden Story (for Channel 4 UK and Smithsonian U.S. and ARTE), Secrets of China’s Forbidden City (with PBS Nova, for Channel 4 UK), and Secrets of the Chinese Chariots: The War Machine that Shaped China (for PBS Nova, ARTE, Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation).

Finally, Fox in Benelux has secured a total of 46 episodes of Heston’s Feast (Optomen for Channel 4) and Worst Cooks in America (Optomen for Food Network); while Belgium’s Medialaan has picked up a 114-episode factual package that includes Spun Gold TV’s Love Your Garden and My Big Fat Summer; Studio Ramsay’s Gordon Ramsay: 24 Hours to Hell and BackGordon Ramsay on Cocaine and Spa Wars; and Optomen’s Worst Cooks and Raised Without Rules

FremantleMedia Int’l sends The Coronation to 70 territories 

FremantleMedia International has now sold documentary film The Coronation, produced by Anthony Geffen’s Atlantic Productions, to more than 70 territories worldwide.

The hour-long project, which reveals the history of the Crown Jewels and the ancient ceremony for which they are used, has recently completed deals across Europe, Latin America, Canada, the Middle East and Asia.

The Coronation originally launched on BBC1 in the UK, Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. and ABC Television in Australia.

The film shares Her Majesty The Queen’s memories of the 1953 ceremony, as well as the coronation of her father King George VI in 1937, while also exploring the story of St Edward’s Crown, which was destroyed after the English Civil War and remade for the Coronation of Charles II in 1661.

It has now traveled to Canada via CBC and Tele-Quebec, New Zealand’s Prime, Nat Geo in Latin America, France Television in France, Denmark’s DR, Spain’s Telefonica , Sky Italia, NHK in Japan, BBC Persian in the Middle East, Tajikistan & Afghanistan, Belgium’s RTBF, the Czech Republic’s Česká TV, Greece’s ERT, Latvia’s LTV1, Dutch public broadcaster EO, Norway’s NRK, Russia’s Channel 1, Slovakia’s RTVS, Turkey’s NTV and Hong Kong’s TVB.


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