Thailand’s TrueVisions takes All3Media factual titles
Indie distributor All3Media International has sold over 50 hours of factual programming to Thailand’s cable and satellite TV operator TrueVisions.
Included in the deal are two one-hour BBC specials: The Sticky Truth About Sugar, produced by Maverick TV, which follows journalist Fiona Phillips on a mission to discover the true health risks of sugar, and The Truth About Your Teeth, produced by Raw TV, which sees top dentists revealing the latest science, secrets and tips behind healthy teeth. The acquisition is just the latest deal in Asia for these two specials, following their broadcast in Taiwan, Hong Kong and across the region through a pan-territory deal with the BBC.
Two seasons of Body Fixers are also included in the deal, totaling 20 hours of content. The series is a spin-off of Tattoo Fixers, produced by Studio Lambert for E4. It follows people in a pop-up beauty parlor as they seek to have their extreme beauty and style “fails” fixed by health and beauty pros.
Meanwhile, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s The F Word, produced by Optomen for Channel 4, will head to TrueVisions, too, along with three seasons of Ramsay’s Hotel Hell, produced by One Potato, Two Potato for Fox in the U.S.
“Factual entertainment content continues to be a strong driver of our business in Asia – and I’m delighted to partner with the team at TrueVisions on this new deal,” said Amreet Chahal, sales manager, Asia Pacific, at All3Media International, in a statement.
Looking Glass makes major factual sales in China
Australian distributor Looking Glass International has sold over 300 hours of factual programming in China.
Youku, part of e-commerce giant Alibaba, acquired Deep Time History (3 x 60 minutes), produced by Flight 33 Productions for Curiosity Stream; Gods in Shackles (1 x 90 minutes), produced by Global Media Earth; and Saving Sirga (6 x 60 minutes, pictured), produced by Tuauana Films.
Meanwhile, CCTV 9, the documentary channel operated by state broadcaster China Central Television, picked up Making Pandas (1 x 60 minutes), produced by IFA Media in association with Media Development Authority Singapore; Sumatra’s Last Tigers (1 x 60 minutes), produced by Novista for Channel News Asia; and Wild Cities (4 x 60 minutes), produced by Crossing the Line Production for Irish pubcaster RTÉ.
The deals were all brokered through Looking Glass’ Beijing office by Karen Lee, head of sales.
Bear Grylls, Gareth Southgate team up for ITV special
British commercial broadcaster ITV is prepping a special with global adventurer Bear Grylls and England football manager Gareth Southgate.
Produced by Bear Grylls Ventures, Electus, and betty production for ITV, Bear’s Mission with Gareth Southgate (1x 60 minutes) will see Southgate, the leader of the Three Lions squad and former Premier League player, join Grylls on a mission across some of the UK’s most rugged and untouched terrain.
Electus International will distribute the program around the world.
This program follows other Bear Grylls content for ITV including Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and Bear’s Mission with Anthony Joshua.
(With files from Selina Chignall)