Extra: Sales for Cineflix Rights, Scorpion TV

Cineflix Rights inks content sales with Nordic broadcasters UK indie television content distributor Cineflix Rights has secured multiple sales deals with broadcasters across the Nordics, resulting in more than 200 hours ...
February 15, 2019

Cineflix Rights inks content sales with Nordic broadcasters

UK indie television content distributor Cineflix Rights has secured multiple sales deals with broadcasters across the Nordics, resulting in more than 200 hours of content sold.

TV4 Sweden, DR Denmark, Neolonen Finland, and NRK Norway have acquired Finestripe Productions’ hour-long special The Day We Walked on the Moon (pictured; for ITV and Smithsonian Networks U.S.), which offers first-hand insight from key figures on the Apollo 11 Mission.

Elsewhere, NRK Norway has taken Cineflix Productions’ climate change-focused Sinking Cities (5 x 60 minutes; for PBS U.S. and RMC France), and the Rondo Media and JTV-produced The Wall (6 x 60 minutes; for S4C Wales and TG4 Ireland), which explores six of the world’s most iconic walls and borders.

In Sweden, TV4 has picked up the Cineflix Productions-made true-crime series Children of the Snow (4 x 60 minutes; for Investigation Discovery U.S.), and Fahrenheit Films’ first responders series Paramedics: Emergency Response (12 x 30 minutes; for CityTV Canada).

A raft of history titles has also been sold across the region. SVT Sweden, DR Denmark and Viasat World Nordics have taken WWII’s Great Escapes: The Freedom Trails (4 x 60 minutes; Seadog Productions for Channel 4); DR Denmark has bought The Cold Blue (1 x 60 minutes; Creative Differences and Vulcan Productions for HBO); and NRK Norway taking Going to War (1 x 60 minutes; Vulcan Productions for PBS U.S. and TPT U.S.).

Lifestyle franchises fronted by HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott have also been sold throughout the Nordics, with pan-regional broadcaster Discovery Networks Nordic acquiring Property Brothers (Seasons 1-7, 169 x 60 minutes; Cineflix Productions) and Stöð 3 Iceland taking Brother vs Brother (Seasons 4-6, 18 x 60 minutes; Scott Brothers Entertainment).

Scorpion TV sends travel content internationally

London-based indie content distributor Scorpion TV has penned its first deals for the live-music travelogue series Landmarks Live in Concert.

The 7 x 60-minute series has been sold to Brazil’s TV Globo, as well as airlines in the U.S., the UK and Italy via deals with in-flight specialist Spafax.

Produced by City Drive Group, Landmarks Live in Concert features world-famous bands performing in iconic videos and is hosted by Chad Smith, drummer of iconic Los Angeles rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Featured throughout are Foo Fighters playing at the Acropolis of Athens; Alicia Keys performing in front of the Statue of Liberty; and Andrea Bocelli at Palazzio Vecchio in Florence; among others.

Scorpion has also sent the Emmy-nominated travel series Destination Craft (13 x 30 minutes; Namaste Productions), which profiles master artisans and their crafts, to i-Cable in Hong Kong and True Visions in Thailand.

Endemol Shine Iberia scores music entertainment format order

Spanish production outfit Gestmusic Endemol, part of Endemol Shine Iberia, has been commissioned to produce the primetime music entertainment format The Best Song Ever Sung for Madrid-based pubcaster TVE.

Each episode of the weekly music format will focus in on a different decade with audiences across social media select their favorite song of that era.

A cast of performers in a live studio setting will then make a case for the top-rated songs by examining their histories and the important milestones they created. Viewers, comedians and experts will share their opinions and memories of the time when the song was a hit.

The series culminates a finale where viewers vote for the best song ever sung.

A premiere date for The Best Song Ever Sung has not yet been set.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.