Extra: Netflix to air Emma Stone-narrated series; TVF Int’l inks sales in Asia

Netflix, Vox prep Emma Stone-narrated The Mind, Explained U.S. digital media company Vox and streaming giant Netflix are slated to debut The Mind Explained on Sept. 12. The short-form series seeks to uncover how the ...
September 6, 2019

Netflix, Vox prep Emma Stone-narrated The Mind, Explained

U.S. digital media company Vox and streaming giant Netflix are slated to debut The Mind Explained on Sept. 12.

The short-form series seeks to uncover how the brain operates. Episodes will explore memory, dreams, anxiety, mindfulness and psychedelics.

Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone narrates the series, serving as “the warm, friendly guide of this deep dive into the complexities of the human brain,” according to Netflix.

Watch the trailer below:

TVF Int’l sends slate to Asia 

TVF International has secured a raft of deals in Asia as the factual UK distributor bolsters its team in the region.

Discovery Asia acquired pan-Asia rights to Chef Exchange (10 x 30 minutes), Singapore on Film (2 x 60 minutes) and Beach House Pictures’ access-driven two-parter Raffles: Remaking an Icon (2 x 60 minutes). Al Jazeera picked up Pakistan’s Fake Degree (1 x 48 minutes), Dying for Gold (1 x 48 minutes) and Fighting Slavery from Space (1 x 48 minutes) for its 101 East strand.

Newly launched pan-Asian channel Tech TV has picked up programs including the latest seasons of CBS series Innovation Nation (seasons 9 & 10, 26 x 30 minutes) and CNBC’s Pop Up Start Up (6 x 50 minutes).

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK licensed HD and 4K rights to BBC4′s A Year in an English Garden (1 x 58 minutes) for its satellite and cable feeds, as well as NAME, the broadcaster’s VOD platform.

In South Korea, pubcaster MBC picked up a package of 17 hours of 4K content, including space documentary The World’s Most Powerful Telescopes (pictured; 1 x 52 minutes) and history mini-series Empires of Silver (3 x 59 minutes) for MBC TV. The Korean Forces Network has acquired a package of military titles including the Burning Bright-produced Channel 5 series, Raw Recruits (10 x 45 minutes).

South Korea’s Soom Channel taken a package of lifestyle content including RTE’s Painting the Nation (2 x 60, 8 x 30 minutes), while Aceone Media licensed the rights to Bloomberg’s Peer to Peer (43 x 24/42 minutes) and YNTV picked up Gold: The Story of Man’s 6,000 Year Obsession (2 x 52 minutes).

In Hong Kong, TVB licensed a package of programs including Singapore’s Secret Forests with David Attenborough (1 x 60 minutes), Thailand’s Grand Spaces (6 x 30 minutes), and short form series 101 Easy Japanese Recipes.

In the Philippines, Mediacorp’s Glamping Adventures (8 x 30 minutes) and Luxe Asia (season five; 10 x 30 minutes) have found a home with broadcaster ABS-CBN.

Cineplex Thailand have also selected a package including Sky Italia’s Hidden Italy (15 x 25 minutes), RTE’s Building Ireland (12 x 25 minutes), ABC’s The Bikes of Wrath (6 x 50 minutes), and CBC’s The New Science of Food (1 x 44 minutes).

Vietnam national broadcaster VTV licensed a package of 70 hours of programming. Fim Plus signed a 4K package deal, including Prime TV’s Ocean Predators (4 x 44 minutes) and Animal Planet’s Dog’s Best Friend (season two; 12 x 22 minutes). Pay-TV broadcaster SCTV snapped up a 54-hour package, including several short form cooking series –Video Cookbook, Simply Delicious – and space series Cosmic Odyssey (6 x 52 minutes).

In Malaysia, media giant Astro has picked up rights to a number of 4K programs, including Beach House Picture’s Aerial Asia (4 x 60 minutes). ARTE commissioned Isles of the Queen (10 x 60 minutes) and BBC science special The Amazing World of Gravity (2 x 60 minutes).

Deals were negotiated by TVF International’s APAC executives Julian Chou-Lambert, Catriona McNeish, Samuel Joyce and Serafina Pang. Pang joined the company earlier this year following a stint at Vice China.

Family Food Fight heads to Italy, Brazil

Global producer-distributor Endemol Shine Group has landed deals in Brazil and Italy for Family Food Fight following launches in the U.S., Mexico and Switzerland.  

Family Food Fight sees food-loving amateur chefs from across the nation donning their aprons and getting into the kitchen together. Families are tasked with cooking a range of home-cooked meals, passed down from generation to generation, an assortment of cuisines and all-time favorite feasts.

Italian broadcaster Sky Italia has commissioned Endemol Shine Italy to produce a six-part run of the cooking competition series.

Brazilian broadcaster SBT and Amazon Video, meanwhile, have ordered a 10-part run, produced in partnership with Abrava Produções.

Created by Endemol Shine Australia, Family Food Fight is an original format developed with Australian net Channel 9. The series has sold to nine markets, including Portugal, Argentina and Denmark.

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