Extra: “Pregnant and Platonic” goes to Finland, Scorpion nabs “Landmarks Live in Concert”

Pregnant & Platonic commissioned in Finland Finnish commercial TV channel Nelonen has ordered 10 episodes of the factual entertainment format Pregnant & Platonic, which looks at a new way to enter ...
May 24, 2018

Pregnant & Platonic commissioned in Finland
Finnish commercial TV channel Nelonen has ordered 10 episodes of the factual entertainment format Pregnant & Platonic, which looks at a new way to enter into parenthood.

ITV Studios in Finland will produce the series, currently in production, with an airdate set for 2019.

The format, co-developed by Gil Formats and MY Entertainment, centers on people who want to have a child without being romantically involved. The series follows the meeting of potential co-parenting partners over a year, as they face challenges and difficult decisions before the baby is born. It is based on Gil Formats’ CEO, Assaf Gil‘s personal journey to parenthood.

Nelonen is the second broadcaster to commission the format, with a UK version set to premiere on BBC2 in 2019.

Scorpion acquires Landmarks Live in Concert

UK-based distributor Scorpion TV has acquired City Drive Group’s Landmarks Live in Concert, a 7 x 60-minute docu-travel live music series.

The worldwide (excluding the U.S.) representation deal for the first season marks the first between Scorpion TV and the live-music, doc and event programming production company City Drive.

Landmarks Live in Concert is hosted by Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who gives his insights into the history, art and culture of the iconic venues that the bands are performing in. Featured acts include the Foo Fighters in the Acropolis of Athens (pictured), and Alicia Keys performing on a Circle Line cruiser in front of the Statue of Liberty.

Other performances include Andrea Bocelli at Palazzio Vecchio in Florence, and The Black Eyed Peas at London’s Royal Albert Hall, The Kings of Leon at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Prophets of Rage at The Stone Pony in New Jersey and Brad Paisley at West Virginia University.

Scorpion TV also has reported sales for the 52-minute doc Musicwood, with AMC EMEA, Russia Today, Foxtel Australia, Sky New Zealand and several airlines picking up the film about three of the world’s most famous guitar-makers in the world; while Arab Rap, a 60-minute doc about hip hop culture in the Middle East, was picked up by UR in Sweden, Noga in Israel, TVP in Poland and Content Line in Spain.

Flame Distribution, Janson Media sell factual package to Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime Video has picked up a 290-hour package from Flame Distribution and digital distributor Janson Media including the RTE art series Designing Ireland and the BBC crime series Neighbourhood Blues for its viewers in North America, the UK, Australia and India.

The deal also includes Back2Back’s Scrap Kings, The Bike Channel’s Bike World, Wildflame Productions’ Under the Sea: The Great Barrier Reef, Overland Network’s travel series Overland and New Zealand-based adventure series The Hunters Club.

The streaming service has also picked up SBS’s long-running food series Food Safari from Kismet Productions, and “Slow TV” project The Ghan, which follows Australia’s famous passenger train on its 3,000km trip from Adelaide to Darwin, as part of the deal.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.