ARTE Distribution amps up pre-sales for Michael Jackson doc
ARTE Distribution, the international sales arm of the European public channel ARTE, has pre-sold a range of documentary content to international broadcasters, including Radio Canada and Rai in Italy, following MIPCOM.
Radio Canada has acquired the intimate documentary Michael Jackson: Gone Too Soon (pictured), which looks back at the life and personality of the King of Pop and the events that led to his death. The film, initially produced for TF1 in France, is slated to premiere in June 2019. The project was also pre-sold to an unnamed Chinese SVOD service.
Elsewhere, Canada’s Knowledge Network has pre-bought Dr. Jack and Mr. Nicholson, which explores Jack Nicholson’s complete filmography and what it reveals about the acclaimed Hollywood actor at different stages of his life.
The film has also been picked up by Italy’s Sky Arte, Switzerland’s RTS and MBC Al Arabiya in the Middle East.
Starbucks Unfiltered, which offers a look into the coffee giant’s marketing strategies, was pre-sold to Germany’s ZDF; RTS, SF, and RSI in Switzerland; Belgium’s RTBF; Taiwan’s PTS; Ireland’s TG4; MBC Al Arabiya; and China’s Bilibili.
Finally, blue-chip natural history series Volcano Stories (20 x 26 minutes) and Living with Volcanoes (4 x 52 minutes), were separately pre-sold to Viasat in Europe, MBC Al Arabiya, Planète France and Planet Poland, Radio Canada and Italy’s Rai.
C5 travels Hitler’s Holocaust Railways
British commercial television network Channel 5 has commissioned Whitworth Media and Motion Content Group to produce a 90-minute, one-off special slated to spotlight the role played by the railways in the Nazi Holocaust of WWII.
Titled Hitler’s Holocaust Railways with Chris Tarrant, the film will trace the English radio and television broadcaster as he journeys through three countries to explore the history of the railway networks used to transport millions to their deaths. The special will also see Tarrant meeting with Holocaust survivors as they retrace their wartime journeys.
The film was directed and produced by Paul Kittel, with executive producers Hugh Whitworth for Whitworth Media and Melanie Darlaston for Motion Content. C5′s Sean Doyle serves as commissioning editor.
Hitler’s Holocaust Railways is being distributed by Passion Distribution.
Armoza pens Lithuania deal for The Four
Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats has sent its primetime singing competition format The Four to Lithuanian broadcaster LNK TV.
The shiny-floor studio entertainment format (90 or 120 minutes) features four finalists who are announced in the season premiere as selected by the leading music judges. But in every episode, talented hopefuls will try to steal a seat from one of the final four. Anyone can become a contestant at any time via submissions on the dedicated app, but only the best will be able to challenge the four finalists.
The deal marks the latest sale for Armoza’s The Four, which was last week licensed to Brazilian broadcaster Record TV and Greece’s Antenna TV.