Blue Ant Int’l unveils continued global content rollout
Blue Ant International, a transatlantic distributor of premium content and division of Blue Ant Media, has unveiled its latest round of international sales, including high-profile unscripted content.
Sales include season one of Architect Films’ peek into high society homes in Lakefront Luxury (10 x 30 minutes), picked up by U.S. television network Bravo; Prison (3 x 60 minutes, pictured), a behind-the-scenes look at an English prison from Spring Films, sold to WELT (formerly N24 in Germany), TV2 (Norway), VRT (Belgium), RTL (Netherlands) and TV2 (Denmark); and season four of Our House Media’s cult series Paranormal Survivor (40 x 60 minutes), which has been sold to the Travel Channel in the U.S.
Meanwhile, Megalomedia’s alien conspiracy series UFOs: The Lost Evidence (6 × 60 minutes) was licensed to Discovery to air on its channels in the UK, MENA, Asia-Pacific, Italy, German-speaking Europe, Iberia and Poland, while Blue Ant Media’s extreme weather docuseries The Weather Files (8 x 60 minutes) was picked up by Channel 5 in the UK and Viasat World in Scandinavia, CEE and Africa.
“Blue Ant International is entering 2019 with a diversified slate of programming that includes distinctive productions, increased programming investment and a growing number of relationships with top-tier producers from around the globe,” said Solange Attwood, EVP of Blue Ant International, in a statement. “Our goals for the year include continued growth internationally as we bring compelling narratives and stories untold to audiences hungry for new programming.”
By Frederick Blichert
NBCUniversal International Formats serves up “Top Chef” in Brazil
NBCUniversal International Formats is teaming up with Elisabetta Zenatti and Sony Pictures Television-owned prodco Floresta on a Brazilian version of American cooking competition show Top Chef, the format’s 24th international version.
The 13-part local version will air on Record TV later this year, with Brazilian chef and restaurateur Felipe Bronze, French chef Emmanuel Bassoleil and food journalist Ailin Aleixo serving as the jury. Each week, aspiring chefs will compete in different tasks meant to test their culinary as well as teamwork skills.
By Frederick Blichert
Flame Distribution seeks pre-sales at Realscreen
International factual, unscripted and documentary content distributor Flame Distribution is bringing a slate of new projects to the 2019 Realscreen Summit in New Orleans, in search of pre-sales and co-production partners.
The slate includes the one-off documentary The Apollo Scandal, produced by the Tinker Group. The documentary spotlights the secret history of man’s first — and so far only — foray to another world.
Making Movie’s Cave Hunters follows a group of enthusiastic speleologists – someone who studies caves and other karst features – in a series of expeditions to explore ancient cave systems, discover new life forms and the remains of extinct species.
The impact and influence that color has on our lives, meanwhile, is the subject of the 5 x 60-minute docuseries Colours. The series is co-produced by Making Movies and Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion with ZDF, CICC and Arte.
Blue-chip natural history series Wonders of the Eastern Australia Currents explores the biology and global significance of the East Australian Current. The 3 x 60-minute series, shot in 8K, is being produced by Wild Pacific Media and commissioned by the ABC in Australia.
Wrapping up the slate is Dr. James and his Bizarre Beasts (6 x 60 minutes). The series follows a young Australian vet who runs a specialist exotic and native Australian animal veterinary practice. Aussie net Channel 9 commissioned Metamorflix for the series.
By Selina Chignall
Banijay Rights paints new deals for Portrait Artist of the Year
Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of Banijay Group, has secured new deals for the factual format Portrait Artist of the Year.
The competition format travels across the nation in search of the art world’s latest star, with each episode featuring a regional art battle in which a portrait of one of three famous sitters is produced.
Danish public broadcaster DR1 has recommissioned Portrait Artist of the Year for a new second season. The 6 x 60-minute series is produced by Banijay Group’s Mastiff Denmark and bowed earlier this month.
NBCUniversal’s rebranded digital service Bluprint recently picked up secondary rights in the U.S. to seasons one and two following its premiere on American arts network Ovation TV.
Portrait Artist of the Year was originally produced by Storyvault Films for Sky Arts.
By Selina Chignall