Extra: “Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds” sells through Europe; DGC award winners revealed

Red Arrow Studios Int’l sells Old People’s Home through Europe Global distributor Red Arrow Studios International, part of Red Arrow Studios and ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, has penned a trio of European deals ...
October 28, 2019

Red Arrow Studios Int’l sells Old People’s Home through Europe

Global distributor Red Arrow Studios International, part of Red Arrow Studios and ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, has penned a trio of European deals for social experiment format Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds (pictured).

Local adaptations of the format will now be produced in France, Sweden and Portugal.

Canal+ in France has commissioned a four-episode localized version of the series, which will be produced by A Tableau Productions. It is expected to transmitted in 2020 over the French premium television channel.

Sweden’s Meter, meanwhile, is also in production on four episodes of the format to be televised across TV4 in 2020, and Fremantle Portugal is currently producing four episodes for local broadcast via Portuguese pubcaster RTP, to premiere later this year.

The CPL Productions-made series follows 10 four-year-olds as they share their classroom with 10 pensioners over a six-week period to attempt to scientifically prove that the two generations can transform each other’s well-being for the better.

The France, Sweden and Portugal deals were negotiated by Red Arrow’s Tobias Schulze, VP of sales for France and German-speaking territories, and Yi Qiao, senior sales manager for Benelux, the UK, Scandinavia, Africa and the Middle East.

The format has now been licensed to more than 13 territories over a two-year span, including Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, Finland and Israel.

Directors Guild of Canada reveals 2019 DGC Award winners

The Directors Guild of Canada has unveiled the winners of the 18th annual DGC Awards.

More than 350 titles were submitted for consideration this year in both scripted and non-fiction film and television from across the country.

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, the third collaboration between Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas de Pencier, took home honors for the Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary.

Produced by Mercury Film, the 87-minute doc provides a cinematic meditation on humanity’s re-engineering of the planet by following the research of the Anthropocene Working Group, an international body of scientists.

Taking home the award for best picture editing for a documentary was Shelley Therrien’s Queering the Script. The film, which premiered at Toronto’s 2019 Inside Out Festival, explores the world of queer female fandom and its complex relationship to LGBTQ+ representation on television and content creators.

Finally, Tasha Hubbard’s nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, which explores the 2016 killing of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man from Saskatchewan, and his family’s search for justice, was bestowed with the Discovery Award.

Prime Entertainment, Shorts TV ink unscripted packaged deal

French producer and distributor Prime Entertainment Group has closed a package deal with cable and satellite provider Shorts TV, an AMC Networks International division, for celebrity- and movie-focused programs.

The deal covers 346 episodes of content that will air across Mexico and Central American countries and includes such Prime-produced programming as Hollywood’s Best Film Directors (65 x 26 minutes), which offers in-depth analysis into the mind and work of some of the industry’s most renowned directors; Stars! (54 x 4 minutes), which offers a biographical portrayal of Hollywood’s most famous faces; and Zoom In (227 x 6:30 minutes), which dives into the production of Hollywood’s biggest movies.

The deal follows initial success between Shorts and Prime for the broadcast of these series in Latin America and Asia.

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