Drive secures int’l sales for Back2Back shows
UK production-funding agency and distributor Drive has penned international sales deals for various series from Brighton indie Back2Back Productions across Europe and Asia.
BBC Earth and Discovery Italy have each acquired season three of The World’s Deadliest Weather (pictured). A copro brokered and distributed internationally by Drive, the 13 x 60-minute series utilizes archive and user-generated footage to explore the personal stories of people caught in different meteorological phenomena.
Seasons one and two of The World’s Deadliest Weather have also been picked up in Germany by ProSiebenSat.1 and in Singapore by Mediacorp. The program’s sophomore season, meanwhile, has been sold to Science et Vie TV in France.
Season two of the series was previously sold to 5Spike in the UK, Seven Network Australia and Discovery Australia & New Zealand.
Mediacorp has also acquired the sophomore season of user-generated content series The World’s Deadliest Drivers. Drive previously sold the program to Discovery Networks International and BBC Brit.
Drive has also secured international deals for Back2Back’s Body Cam Cops. The series, which uses police body camera footage to shine a light on the harrowing situations officers face daily, has been picked up by Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV.
Love Island’s Jack Fincham joins Chris Packham for Nature Dates
UK pubcaster BBC is prepping a digital series with Love Island‘s Jack Fincham and his childhood friend, naturalist, nature photographer and Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, as they try to encourage more Brits to fall in love with the country’s wildlife.
In the premiere episode of Nature Dates, Fincham receives a beginner’s guide into bird-watching from Packham as the pair walk around London’s Walthamstow Wetlands, watching out for cormorants, coots and an elusive kingfisher.
Nature Dates is produced by Posy Dixon for Luca Productions and Lee Bacon, head of digital for the BBC’s Natural History Unit. The series was commissioned by the BBC’s Alison Kirkham, controller for factual commissioning, and Daisy Griffith, digital commissioning editor for factual.
Nature Dates will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer, YouTube and social media beginning today (Feb. 13.)
By Selina Chignall
Stept adds two to commercial roster
Branded documentary and production outfit Stept Studios has expanded its roster of directors with the addition of Michael Parenteau and Leigh Powis.
The pair will be added to the Los Angeles- and Jackson Hole-based company’s director roster for exclusive commercial representation in the U.S.
Parenteau is a director, producer, director of photography and editor of films, commercials, and music videos. His films include Free Diving with Perrin James, Ride of the Dead and the award-winning The Search for Freedom.
Powis, meanwhile, has experience as a director, editor, colorist and sound designer. His recent projects include the scripted Free Bird for The North Face and Optical for Oakley.
Stept was originally launched for alpine productions before transitioning to the branded documentary space. The company has since directed and completed short films for top outdoor and athletic clients The North Face, Under Armour and Oakley. The company, which was co-founded by Alex Martini, Nick Martini and Cam Riley, has had its work recognized at Tribeca and Banff.