HGTV preps Stay or Sell
Discovery-owned HGTV has greenlit an eight-part series with home reno experts Brad (pictured, right) and Heather Fox (left), who give homeowners the option to transform their current property or to buy a new one.
In each episode of Stay or Sell, the home reno duo presents their Minneapolis-area clients who have outgrown their current homes with two options — renovate their current property or purchase a new one nearby that can be customized.
Once the couple has made their decision, Brad and Heather get to work creating a dream family home.
Stay or Sell is set to premiere in late Summer 2019 on HGTV.
(By Selina Chignall)
TVF International inks sales with broadcasters in Italy
Indie factual distributor TVF International has sold a number of titles to broadcasters in Italy.
Pubcaster Rai picked up a slate of travel programs. Rai 1 acquired Pronto Prod Fox Voyage commission Grand Central Station (4 x 52 minutes), which explores the architecture and people behind the world’s most famous train stations; Channel News Asia’s Meet the Makers (1 x 48 minutes), a doc about the expert artisans preserving age-old crafts; ARTE-commissioned series Isles of the Queen (10 x 43 minutes), a 4K travelogue about the islands that make up the UK; and CICC-commissioned Secret China (6 x 50 minutes), about the remote and uncharted regions of China and its people.
Meanwhile, Rai 3 signed a 10-hour aerial travel package deal, including Flying the Great Wall (1 x 52 minutes), the first doc to capture the Great Wall of China in its entirety from above, as well as the TVF and Tokyo Vision co-productions Vietnam from Above (1 x 52 minutes) and Laos from Above (1 x 52 minutes), which capture the two nations’ landscapes from the sky.
Rai 3 additionally nabbed three history docs: Crux Productions’ BBC commission George III: The Genius of a Mad King (1 x 59 minutes), Smithsonian and Channel 4′s China’s Forgotten Emperor (1 x 52 minutes) and the PBS WWII docudrama Enemy of the Reich (1 x 60 minutes).
Elsewhere, pay-TV broadcaster Sky Arte licensed a package of arts titles: Basquiat: Rage to Riches (1 x 52 minutes), about the late New York artist; Ovation TV’s Conflict (1 x 52 minutes), about the lives of conflict photographers around the world; and Japanese pubcaster NHK-commission Gaudi’s Message (1 x 49 minutes), about the artists and architects working to complete Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.
Lastly, Sky ARTE commission Hidden Italy from Elephant Italia Productions has been picked up by BBC Arabic, Turner Japan, Sky NZ and Fox Spain.
Blue Ant Int’l grows kids’ catalog with three unscripted series
Toronto-based distributor Blue Ant International has added a number of kids’ shows to their catalog, including three unscripted series.
Mimi On A Mission: Sex Ed (5 x 22 minutes), produced by Peggy Pictures, follows YouTuber Mimi Missfit as she and seven British 15-year-olds seek out sex education enlightenment.
Meanwhile, When I Grow Up! (26 x 11 minutes), from Riverbank Pictures and originally broadcast on TVO Kids, follows Mikaela as she follows her curiosity and passion for STEM and tries different jobs to determine what she wants to be when she grows up.
Finally, News of the Wild (37 x 30 minutes), produced by Northern Pictures Kids and originally broadcast on Channel 7, follows hosts Maya and Finn as they deliver animal-focused news.