Bandit Films taps Red Arrow Int’l to distribute Apollo 11 doc
Bandit Films has appointed global distributor Red Arrow Studios International to distribute the Apollo 11 moon landing doc Prisoners of the Moon internationally.
Prisoners of the Moon (1 x 75 minutes; 1 x 52 minutes) tells the true story of Arthur Rudolph, one of the hundreds of Nazi V2 rocket engineers who was secretly brought to America in 1945 to work on the Cold War missile program. He became a critical member of NASA’s race into space, but his past caught up with him in 1990 when he was detained in Toronto on suspicion of being a war criminal.
Director Johnny Gogan dramatizes Rudolph’s trial from never-before-seen transcripts, archival footage and excerpts of witness interviews.
Red Arrow will launch the feature documentary at MIPTV held in Cannes, France from April 8 to 11.
Pact appoints Tris Payne as head of nations and regions
UK producers trade association Pact has named Tris Payne as head of nations and regions, effective April 15.
Based out of Pact’s new Leeds office, Payne will travel around the UK helping indies across the Nations and Regions develop their businesses and access support and investment. Payne will also work with commissioners to promote producers in the area.
Payne most recently worked for Denham Productions where he was tasked with developing and winning commissions including Paul Goes To Hollywood for UKTV. Previously, Payne freelanced as an executive producer across a number of programs, and was creative director and executive producer at Liverpool Street Productions working on such programs as Brits Who Fought For Spain (History), The Secret D-Day Disaster (History) and Fighter Pilot Afghanistan (ITV).
Endemol Shine Iberia creates new original renovation format for Antena 3
Spanish media group Atresmedia has ordered Shine Iberia’s new renovation format that will premiere on Antena 3 this spring.
In Masters of Renovation, pairs of contestants will put their decorating and renovation skills to the test via indoor and outdoor challenges in hopes of impressing a jury of top interior and architectural talent.
The show is created by executive producer Macarena Rey, CEO of Shine Iberia, part of Endemol Shine Iberia, the company behind local Spanish and Portuguese versions of Endemol Shine’s global culinary formats MasterChef and MasterChef Jr.
Viacom Int’l Studios sets global sales for bio, travel docs
Viacom International Studios (VIS) has inked deals for a variety of factual titles originally produced by Viacom’s London-based production house Viacom International Studios UK.
Following its debut on Paramount Network in the UK, Stephen King: Master of Horror (1 x 60 minutes) will find a home on American digital cable and satellite television network Reelz. The biographical documentary, which looks at the life of bestselling horror author Stephen King is also heading to Netherlands’ RTL Z and RTL 5.
The latest season of the travelog docuseries Cruising with Jane McDonald (pictured) is traveling to SBS Australia and broadcaster DigitalB Albani. The latest spin-off Jane McDonald: Down Under, which sees the cruise singer and TV presenter head to Australia, has been taken by Denmark’s TV2 Networks and Norway’s NRK amongst other regions.
The documentary Billionaire Kids on Holiday, which looks at the world of wealthy families on vacation will air across four territories: Poland (WP), Norway (TV2), Israel (Good Life and The Travel Channel and AVA) and Finland (SUB).
The biographical documentary series The Kennedys: A Fatal Ambition, which offers an in-depth look at the famous American dynasty, will air on Australian network SBS for its free-to-air digital channels SBS and SBS Viceland. In Portugal, the documentary was acquired by SIC network’s entertainment channel SIC Caras.
Elsewhere, the two-part documentary Secrets of the Royal Servants, featuring candid interviews with royal household staff, has been licensed by Israeli broadcaster Ananey Communications, for Israel’s lifestyle channels, Good Life and The Travel Channel.
And the series Inside… has been sold to a number territories, including American Public Television in the U.S., Australian net SBS (channels SBS1 & SBS Viceland) and AMC Networks (Channel – Spektrum) across Czech Republic, Hungary & Slovakia.
MY Entertainment inks development deal with “American Idol’s” Nigel Lythgoe among others
Additionally, MY Entertainment founder Michael Yudin has announced development deals with Edd China of Velocity’s Wheeler Dealers; Matt Paxton of A&E’s Hoarders; TNT’s Cold Justice host Yolanda McClary; Matt Moneymaker of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot, and Ami James from TLC’s Miami Ink and NY Ink.
The company has also completed production on Manson’s Bloodlines, a four-part commission from DRG internationally that will bow this summer, marking half a century since the murders committed by Charles Manson and his followers.
The American version of the series, Charles Manson: The Funeral, will premiere on U.S. broadcaster Reelz Channel beginning April 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.