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Sales roundup: Blue Ant sells to French broadcasters; “Mighty Rivers” goes global

Blue Ant Int’l sells 435+ hours of content to French broadcasters Blue Ant International has sold more than 435 hours of programming to five different French broadcasters. European audiovisual content platform Mediawan Thematics has ...
April 8, 2019

Blue Ant Int’l sells 435+ hours of content to French broadcasters

Blue Ant International has sold more than 435 hours of programming to five different French broadcasters.

European audiovisual content platform Mediawan Thematics has acquired 400 hours of Blue Ant International content for its Ultra Nature, Animaux and Science Vie channels. Selections include Into the Wild India (10 x 60 minutes; Off the Fence), Colombia’s Wild Coast (2 x 60 minutes; Blink Films),  Zambia Untamed (4 x 60 minutes), all from Love Nature’s production project with Plimsoll Production: ‘Camp Zambia’; Ocean Parks (5 x 60 minutes; Arcadia Entertainment); and Wildest New Zealand (5 x 60 minutes; NHNZ).

The Toronto-based distributor has also secured a sale with Ushuaia TV (TF1 Group), sending 20-plus hours of natural and wildlife content to the broadcaster. The deal includes Animal Empires (6 × 60 minutes; HD; Arcadia Entertainment), Extreme Africa (6 × 60 minutes; Off the Fence). The network also opted for titles from Blink Films, picking up Secret Life of The Wombat (2 × 60 minutes), Secret Life of The Kangaroo (3 × 60 minutes), Secret Life of The Koala (2 × 60 minutes), and Secret Life of The Tasmanian Devil (2 × 60 minutes).

France TV acquired seven hours of Plimsoll Productions titles, including The Monkey Diaries (1 x 60 minutes), Life’s Journey (2 x 60 minutes), Wild Survivors (1 x 60 minutes), and Valley of Flood and Fire (3 x 60 minutes).

Meanwhile, Franco-German broadcaster ARTE picked up Rooted (5 x 60 minutes; Taglicht Media), and the Blue Ant Media-original production, Alaskan Summer (1 x 60 minutes).

Finally, RMC Decouverte acquired The First World War: The People’s Story (3 × 60 minutes; Testimony Films), a three-part docuseries commissioned by BBC.

Icon Films takes Jeremy Wade’s Mighty Rivers worldwide

UK indie television production company Icon Films has inked a range of international sales for its docuseries Jeremy Wade’s Mighty Rivers. 

Originally commissioned by Animal Planet for the U.S., Jeremy Wade’s Mighty Rivers (6 x 60 minutes) has been taken by Seven Network in Australia; Chinese online entertainment service iQIYI; Canal Evasion in French-Canada; KBS in South Korea; Choice TV and a second run to BBC Earth in New Zealand; Viasat World for Viasat Explore across Central Eastern Europe; and Discovery Latin America.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment brokered the deals on behalf of Icon Films, and handles international distribution for the series outside the U.S., English-speaking Canada and Britain.

GRB Studios inks program deals with RTL Netherlands 

Content studio and global distributor GRB Studios has inked a content agreement with RTL in the Netherlands for two of its celebrity docuseries.

First up, RTL has acquired the celebrity-divorce focused title, Irreconcilable Differences (1o x 60 minutes). Industry insiders give insight into the inner working’s of some of Hollywood’s most notorious breakups, including Caitlyn Jenner and Kris Kardashian; Johnny Depp and Amber Heard; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and more.

Meanwhile, Cashed Out (10 x 60 minutes) sheds light on why some famous faces are able to hold onto their wealth, while others go broke. Amongst those featured in the series include Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and George Michael.

Gusto sends food content to Hungary, South Korea

Gusto Worldwide Media has brokered two content deals with Hungary’s TV2 and South Korea’s Berry Entertainment & Media.

Berry Entertainment & Media has taken Gusto’s Spencer’s Big 30 (26 x 30 minutes), Fresh Market Dinners (10 x 30 minutes), Watts on the Grill (13 x 30 minutes), and Fish the Dish (30 x 30 minutes).

Elsewhere, Hungary’s Tv2 will bring Gusto content to its food channel LiChi TV with Spencer’s Big 30(26 x 30 minutes), Watts on the Grill(13 x 30 minutes), and The Latin Kitchen (15 x 30 minutes).

Harbour Rights sells series worldwide

Hong Kong-based television distributor Harbour Rights has taken the worldwide distribution rights for Instant Badass and Ethi Legacy.

Instant Badass (1 x 52 minutes) spotlights the underworld of underground street fighting in Bangkok, while the Wishtrend Thailand-produced Ethi Legacy explores the life of Burmese advisor “ET” who passed away in 2017.

Meanwhile, Discovery Channel in Japan has picked up the science series Mysteries Of The Giants (6 x 52 minutes) from France Television catalog, and CCTV1 acquired the wildlife title Memoirs Of Elephant (1 x 52 minutes).

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 HMV.com. 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.

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