BBC Studios and Pluto TV announce content deal
BBC Studios and Los Angeles-based free, over-the-top service Pluto TV have inked a deal that brings the British pubcaster’s content to Pluto TV in the U.S this May.
Select titles from the BBC Studios library, totalling over 700 hours of programming, will air across Pluto TV’s channel lineup and on-demand. Additionally, PlutoTV plans to launch two single-series pop-up channels with Antiques Roadshow and Classic Doctor Who. New Antiques Roadshow (pictured) content will also launch quarterly, in addition to the 300 episodes that will be available to Pluto TV viewers.
Keshet International, NTV team on Drive Master
Global content producer and distributor Keshet International and Russian commercial broadcaster NTV have launched the first format to be co-developed by the two media companies, the primetime entertainment talent format Drive Master.
Drive Master (10 x 120 minutes) is hosted in a studio built around a parking lot, featuring amateur drivers who compete in front of a live studio audience. Weit Media will produce the new program which will debut later this year. Keshet International will be responsible for international sales of the format.
At the beginning of each Drive Master season, contestants will audition to test their skills, while those who get a “green light” move onto the next round where they will be mentored by two professional drivers. Each week, the competitions become increasingly complex. Drivers failing the tasks face elimination until the end of the season, when one driver remains, taking home the prize and title of Drive Master.
Keshet International and NTV’s co-development deal will see both media companies working together to create non-scripted formats with both mainstream and international appeal.
Screen Australia unveils $1.6 million for doc projects
Screen Australia, the Australian federal government’s key funding body for screen production, has provided AU$1.6 million (US$1.142 million) in production investment funding to seven documentaries.
The funding will provide support to films via Screen Australia’s Documentary Producer and Commissioned programs. The body saw AU$965,000 allocated through the Producer program and AU$720,000 through the Commissioned program.
The list of projects in the Producer program includes director Matthew Bate’s series A Game of Three Halves, which looks at some of the true and bizarre stories from soccer’s untold history; Marie Dudko’s Lucy In The Sky, a documentary about the director’s mother who spent seven years in prison for hijacking a helicopter to break her lover, convicted armed robber John Killick, out of jail; Violeta Ayala’s feature documentary, The Fight, which looks at the struggle for disability rights in Bolivia; Sally Aitken’s The Real Jaws: The Valerie Taylor Story, a film that turns the lens on Australian filmmaker and diver Valerie Taylor; and Sally Ingleton’s Wild Things, which spotlights Australian’s fighting for the environment.
Meanwhile, filmmaker Warwick Thornton’s six-part series The Beach anchors the Commissioned programs. The series features Thornton living on a remote beach on the north-west coast of Western Australia, with only his wits as he lives off the land. And the observational docuseries for SBS, Who Should Get A Passport? (w/t) follows the migration lawyers and agents who advocate for those who want to live in Australia.
For more information on this round of projects, click here.
3eme Oeil Productions names Nicolas Deschamps as head of int’l coproductions
Indie audiovisual productions group 3eme Oeil Productions has appointed Nicolas Deschamps as head of international coproductions.
In his new role, Deschamps will work to grow the Group’s documentary slate. He brings to 3eme Oeil Productions more than 20 years of experience in the television industry. He previously served as head of international coproduction at Gedeon Programmes. Before that, he served as a producer at MC4, and as head of documentary at ITV Studios France, a subsidiary of British commercial network ITV.
Deschamps also held posts at Boréales Productions, France 2, Aret France and Télé Images Entertainment. He began his career at TV5 Monde before joining France 3′s documentary unit.
3eme Oeil Productions recent productions include Emmanuel Macron, Behind The Rise (TF1, Netflix) and Antoine Griezmann: The Making of a Legend for Netflix.