Japan’s NHK, Fox Networks Group pick up Blue Ant International titles
Blue Ant International has secured four programming licensing deals and four renewals with Japan’s national broadcaster NHK and Fox Networks Group Japan.
NHK licensed three titles: Turtle Beach (pictured; 1 x 60 minutes), which reveals turtles nesting behaviors; UFOs: The Lost Evidence (1 x 60 minutes), which explores human contact with UFOs; and Rooted (1 x 60 minutes), a natural history film that showcases five of South Africa’s most iconic trees and the animals, insects and birds that surround them.
Fox Networks Group Japan picked up a licence for the 60-minute Blue, “a journey into the ocean realm,” and renewed four other natural history series, including: Undiscovered Vistas season one (8 x 60 minutes); Coastal Africa season one (4 x 60 minutes); Great Blue Wild season one (6 x 60 minutes); and Land of Gremlins season one (3 x 60 minutes).
Fremantle sends Five Guys a Week to Holland, Sweden
Global producer-distributor Fremantle has landed its first international commissions for the reality dating format Five Guys a Week.
RTL4 in Holland and TV4 in Sweden will produce local versions of the format, created by Label1 for Channel 4 in the UK. A commission in France will be announced soon, according to Fremantle.
Five Guys a Week sees one single girl invite five guys who are looking for love to move into her home and live with her for a week, all at the same time and under one roof. Throughout the week, the suitors will compete for her affection, with one eliminated each day.
Fremantle has also struck a deal with Australian broadcaster SBS for the docuseries, Expedition with Steve Backshall.
The 10 x 60-minute series from Wendy Darke‘s natural history prodco True to Nature follows Backshall as he attempts to complete a series of “world firsts.”
Banijay Group, Guinness World Records team on format
Guinness World Records has inked its “biggest ever” option deal with Banijay Group for its family entertainment show format.
The year-long deal will span 15 key markets including the UK, the U.S., Australia and Germany.
Banijay Group’s Magnolia already produced the format as a five-part series in Italy, titled La Notte Dei Record, which premiered on TV8 in 2018.
The studio format watches hopefuls go head to head in record-breaking challenges. Established record-holders will also vie to break their world bests under the eye of the official Guinness World Records adjudicator.
Cineflix Rights takes Inside Taronga Zoo to U.S., UK
Cineflix Rights has pre-sold the newly acquired Australian wildlife docuseries Inside Taronga Zoo to Nat Geo Wild in the U.S. and Channel 4′s More4 in the UK.
The 10 x 60-minute series from McAvoy Media follows the 240 keepers and vets caring for 5,000 animals in the zoo’s Sydney harbor location and out in the field.
Inside Taronga Zoo reveals life “behind the scenes” at one of the world’s most famous zoos.
DocuBay inks acquisition deals
IN10 Media’s documentary streamer DocuBay, based in Mumbai, has inked multiple acquisition deals with Arte Distribution, France TV Distribution and Scorpion TV at MIPCOM.
Titles picked up from Arte Distribution include: Tattoos, about the history and acceptance of tattoos; Geek Planet: The Irresistible Rise of a Generation, which chronicles the rise of “Geek culture”; and Father’s Birth, about a gay couple in France that travel to Wisconsin to explore surrogacy.
From France TV, Docubay acquired: Sleeping Nature, which explores how animals in the wild sleep; Elizabeth II: A Queen’s Revolution, which chronicles the history of the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II; and Living with Wolves, about the history of wolves.
Titles acquired from UK-based Scorpion TV include: director Barbara Kopple’s Shelter, about the work of the Veterans Resource Center in California; Edge of Obedience, which tells the story of provocative Malaysian artist Ahmad Zakii Anwar; and Cannabis to Save My Life, which follows the story of Patricia Crone as she tests cannabis to treat her brain cancer.