Extra: Keshet Int’l sells true crime worldwide; Netflix takes cocaine doc

Keshet licenses two true crime series for Woodcut Media Global content producer and distributor Keshet International has sold two true crime series from Woodcut Media to premier networks in the U.S., ...
September 7, 2018

Keshet licenses two true crime series for Woodcut Media

Global content producer and distributor Keshet International has sold two true crime series from Woodcut Media to premier networks in the U.S., Germany, Canada, France and Australia.

After two successful seasons of Woodcut’s World’s Most Evil Killers (pictured) on U.S. cable channel Reelz, EMEA’s CBS Reality and Australia’s Foxtel, the channels have each ordered the third season (20 x 60 minutes) of the franchise, which is currently in production in the UK. The series was originally produced for the UK’s Sky Pick.

Germany’s RTL and France’s Numero 23 have taken seasons two and three of the series, while the U.S.’s Justice Network and Canada’s Bell Media have acquired the first two seasons from Keshet.

Additionally, Reelz, Bell Media, Canada’s CBC, Brazil’s Globosat, Belgium’s Medialann, Finland’s Nelonen Media, the Netherlands’ RLT and Denmark’s TV2 have acquired the factual mini-series Jo Frost On Killer Kids (4 x 60 minutes) from Keshet. Fronted by Jo Frost: Nanny on Tour parenting expert Jo Frost, Jo Frost On Killer Kids is co-produced by Woodcut Media and Krempelwood Entertainment alongside executive producers A+E Networks and Nanny Jo Productions.

Netflix picks up The Legend of Cocaine Island

Streaming giant Netflix has acquired global rights to director Theo Love’s feature-length documentary The Legend of Cocaine Island, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival under the title White Tide: The Legend of Culebra.

The feature film follows small-business owner and family man Rodney Hyden as he seeks out a legend: a stash of cocaine worth US$2 million, buried in the Caribbean. Having been wiped out by recession, Hyden puts together a plan and a team, and gives drug running a try.

The Legend of Cocaine Island is produced by Bryan Storkel and Theo Love, executive produced by Brian Knappenberger, Jeff Goldstein, Tom Love and Nate Larson. The acquisition was handled by Josh Braun and Ben Braun at Submarine Entertainment.

Netflix will launch The Legend of Cocaine Island globally in 2019.

Curiositystream to air natural history event Age of Big Cats

CuriosityStream, the global doc-focused streaming service launched by Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks, is set to launch a three-part streaming event that will chronicle the fiercest felines to ever have walked the Earth.

Directed acclaimed naturalist and filmmaker by Martin Dohrn, Age of Big Cats will chronicle how seven of today’s species of big cats – lions, tigers, snow leopards, pumas, cheetahs, leopards, and jaguars –outlasted their ancient ancestors from the early ice ages two million years ago to rise to the top of their ecosystems and achieve a global footprint.

Utilizing super slow-motion, CGI animation and 4K technology, each episode will closely profile the seven big cat species and examines their hunting tactics, natural habitats, social orders and evolutionary journeys.

The natural history event series is produced by Ammonite Films in partnership with Terra Mater Factual Studios, NHK, CCTV-9 Documentary Channel.

Steve Burns and Jorge Franzini are executive producers for CuriosityStream.

Age of Big Cats premieres Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CuriosityStream.

With files from Daniele Alcinii

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.