Sales round-up: Propagate, FilmRise, Passion, TVF Int’l pen deals

Propagate, Complex link on int’l deals Los Angeles-based global studio Propagate Content has acquired the international rights to a number of series produced by multi-platform media company Complex Networks. Under the deal, ...
August 20, 2019

Propagate, Complex link on int’l deals

Los Angeles-based global studio Propagate Content has acquired the international rights to a number of series produced by multi-platform media company Complex Networks.

Under the deal, Propagate has picked up 95 hours of Complex content which it has licensed throughout Africa to MultiChoice Group’s M-Net, which will air the series on music network Channel O.

Three series included in the deal are Blueprint, which offers an in-depth look into the lives of the leaders behind significant brands, artists and movements; Complex Cover, the digital version of Complex’s cover stories and features famous faces opening up about their private lives; and Everyday Struggle, a daily show featuring DJ Akademiks, Nadeska and various guests breaking down the biggest topics in music and culture.

FilmRise strikes expanded deal With ITVS GE

New York-based film and television distributor FilmRise has secured an expanded partnership with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Under the deal, FilmRise has acquired streaming rights to more than 100 hours of programming across SVOD and AVOD platforms. In addition, the sales house is also digitally distributing all 18 seasons of Gordon Ramsay‘s Hell’s Kitchen and all seasons of Kitchen Nightmares for SVOD and AVOD throughout the U.S.

The newly minted deal also furthers FilmRise’s reach in Canada, as the company becomes the exclusive digital distributor of Hell’s Kitchen in the Great White North. FilmRise currently sells such series as Emmerdale, Heartbeat and Peak Practice, which will now be available on AVOD and SVOD in all of North America.

The deal was negotiated by Max Einhorn, head of acquisitions for FilmRise, and Rob Kaplan for ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Passion Distribution makes factual acquisitions

London-based sales house Passion Distribution has picked up a raft of new series across the lifestyle and documentary series spaces.

Anchoring the company’s lifestyle slate is the Kate Humble-fronted Twice the Life for Half the Price (6 x 60 minutes for Channel 5) from Raise The Roof and Motion Content Group. The series looks to help families transform their quality of life by acquiring a home by the sea or in a country village.

Highlighting Passion’s docuseries slate is the 2 x 60-minute Secrets of Royal Travel (pictured; Lambent Productions for Channel 5), which provides exclusive insight into those tasked with looking after the Queen and her family as they travel Britain and abroad, while the 6 x 60-minute Bridging the Expanse (Wild Bear Entertainment) celebrates the world’s most iconic bridges.

Two projects from Firecracker Films have also been taken by Passion. Observational doc When the Gypsies Came to Town (1 x 90 or 1 x 60 minutes for Channel 5) traces the Appleby Horse Fair, Britain’s best known Gypsy and Traveller gathering, while Cyclists: Scourge of the Streets? (1 x 60 minutes for Channel 5) unravels the rising tensions between cyclists and motorists throughout the UK.

TVF International brings India on Film to Discovery India

Factual UK distribution company TVF International has pre-sold India on Film to Discovery India for the India and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region.

Narrated by Bollywood actor Rahul Bose, India on Film documents India’s history from the early 20th century to independence through previously unseen and newly restored archive. The 2 x 48-minute history archive special is produced by Singapore- and UK-based MAKE Waves and the British Film Institute.

India on Film was commissioned by Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia and marks the latest installment in the franchise, which also includes Singapore on Film and China on Film. TVF has sold those past series to international broadcasters including Foxtel Australia, Discovery Asia, Al Jazeera Middle-East, YLE Finland, UR Sweden, Knowledge Canada and RTE Ireland.

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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.