DRG takes WildBear global
Distributor DRG has inked a number of international deals for Australian factual producer WildBear Entertainment’s titles.
The deals cover World War II titles Hitler’s Propaganda Machine (3 x 60 minutes); Living in the Shadow of WWII (3 x 60 minutes) and Total War (6 x 60 minutes), in addition to 101 Events That Made the 20th Century (pictured; 8 x 60 minutes). Engineering titles include Power (8 x 60 minutes), which explores innovation in transport, and Mega Mechanics (6 x 60 minutes), which looks at how big machines are fixed when they break down.
In the UK, DRG has struck a deal with More4 for Living in the Shadow of WWII; while UKTV has acquired Hitler’s Propaganda Machine for its Yesterday channel, and A+E Networks in the UK and Discovery Europe have both taken Mega Mechanics.
In Sweden, A+E Networks has picked-up Total War and Hitler’s Propaganda Machine; AMC Networks for Central Europe has taken both these titles, as well as 101 Events that Made the 20th Century, Living in the Shadow of WWII and Power.
Meanwhile, TV Prima in the Czech Republic has acquired all six programs.
Elsewhere, National Geographic in Poland and AMC Iberia have taken Power, while Spiegel TV in Germany has acquired 101 Events that Made the 20th Century.
In the United States, Total Content Digital has acquired the VOD, DVD and DTO rights for Total War, Hitler’s Propaganda Machine, Living in the Shadow of WWII and 101 Events That Made the 20th Century, while Roku in the U.S. has also acquired 101 Events That Made the 20th Century.
Discovery Canada has taken Mega Mechanics, while Alliant Content has acquired Hitler’s Propaganda Machine, Mega Mechanics and Power for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Additionally, Pluto TV acquired Living in the Shadow of WWII, Power and Mega Mechanics.
In Asia and Asia Pacific, Foxtel’s History Channel in Australia has taken 101 Events That Made the 20th Century, Hitler’s Propaganda Machine, Living in the Shadow of WWII and Total War, while Network 10 in Australia and TVNZ in New Zealand both picked up Mega Mechanics.
Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific and Aceonemedia in South Korea have both acquired Power. The title will also go out across central Asian territories such as Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan under the U-7 Group. Meanwhile, Truecorp in Thailand has taken Mega Mechanics.
Meanwhile in Africa, BBC Worldwide has acquired Hitler’s Propaganda Machine and Mega Mechanics. In the Middle East, Tel-Ad Israel has taken both Hitler’s Propaganda Machine and Total War; and both Power and 101 Events That Made the 20th Century have been acquired for Novo Media for the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, and Iraq.
RTÉ Programme Sales, BBC Studios for int’l rollout of My Big Day: Home or Away
RTÉ Programme Sales has inked a new partnership with BBC Studios for the international rollout of its new wedding-planning format, My Big Day: Home or Away.
In the new format, one couple is given the help of two top wedding planners who compete to offer up the best venue for the special day. One planner arranges a wedding at home in Ireland, while the other plans a destination wedding. After weighing the pros and con, the couple chooses their preferred venue. The Irish version of My Big Day: Home or Away features wedding planners Bruce Russell and Tara Fay.
Developed in-house, My Big Day: Home or Away premiered as a pilot on RTÉ2 in March. The pilot, produced by Irish indie Coco TV, led to a 4 x 60-minute series commission for the show, which is slated to premiere in Autumn 2019.
BBC Studios has secured the global rights to both the format and the finished programs in all territories outside of Ireland.
Call for entries for 13th Asian Pitch
The Asian Pitch (TAP) is now accepting entries for its annual funding scheme The Asian Pitch 2019.
Launched in 2006, TAP was created as a result of Asian pubcasters – NHK in Japan, KBS in Korea and PTS in Taiwan – sharing a common vision to fund and support original HD documentaries produced by indie directors and filmmakers who live and work in Asia.
Selection is based on “original Asian or unusual treatments of existing human-interest stories, original programs that depict Asia’s societal transition and human-interest stories that will excite not only Asian public broadcasters but the international community as well.”
The shortlisted entrants will present to a panel of producers from NHK KBS and PTS in July 2019. Winning entries will be commissioned by the broadcasters who will retain the rights and Australian-based factual distributor Looking Glass International (LGI) will be responsible for the international distribution of the winning documentaries and the TAP catalog.
The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2019. The online submission portal can be found here.
Investigation Discovery launches digital true crime talk show
True crime net Investigation Discovery is launching a weekly digital talk show for those who love all things true crime.
Produced by Ample Entertainment and hosted by self-proclaimed true crime fanatic Traci Stumpf, Crime Obsession provides a forum for discussion about the cases true crime fans are obsessing over. The series is designed to spark engagement across the true crime community and continue the conversation about what viewers see on ID.
Crime Obsession will touch on topics such as missing persons, famous cases, favorite podcasts, scenes caught on tape, as well as featuring a rotating cast of ID talent and expert panelists from the true crime space. The show will also include a weekly review where Stumpf talks about the biggest crime stories of the past week. Fans can make suggestions on topics to cover in future episodes, send questions to Stumpf, and more via social media.
At Ample Entertainment Ari Mark, Phil Lott and David Brown are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery Ami Angelowicz and Marissa Lucy are executive producers, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America.
Crime Obsession kicks off with a special “Love Gone Wrong” episode on Feb. 14 on Investigation Discovery’s Facebook page.