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Topic acquires non-scripted titles from Fremantle

Global producer and distributor Fremantle has finalized a deal that will send five international non-scripted titles to Topic, the forthcoming streaming service from First Look Media. Anchoring the deal are Fremantle ...
November 8, 2019

Global producer and distributor Fremantle has finalized a deal that will send five international non-scripted titles to Topic, the forthcoming streaming service from First Look Media.

Anchoring the deal are Fremantle Spain’s one-off observational documentary Lane 0, which follows a group of swimmers from developing nations who have been given the opportunity to train to qualify for the Olympics in a cutting-edge sports facility in Thailand; and Miriam’s Big American Adventure from Wild Pictures, which charts Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, The Real Marigold Hotel on Tour) as she journeys through the heartlands of Middle America.

Also included in the deal are Monkman & Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain from UK factual indie Label1 and Naked Civil Servant from factual studio Thames Television.

Monkman & Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain will follow overnight sensations Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull as they embark on a road trip throughout Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales in search of hidden gems of British scientific and technological ingenuity.

Naked Civil Servant, meanwhile, serves as a one-off film that will bring audiences back to how society felt about “eccentrics” – homosexuals in particular – over the last five decades.

Wrapping the slate is true crime docuseries Badlands, Texas from Deadliest Catch and The Confession Tapes creators Original Productions. The series will delve into the Texan village of Terlingua as its population struggles to come to terms with the killing of a “dear friend” while seeking justice for a grieving family.

The above Fremantle titles will be available to stream on the platform throughout 2020.

Topic launches on Nov. 21 in the U.S. and Canada, and will be available to audiences via Topic.com, Apple iOS, and tvOS, Android and Amazon Fire.

“We’re honored to partner with Fremantle, well known for creating and distributing some of the best programming in the world, and to bring their unique shows to our audience,” said Topic GM Ryan Chanatry in a statement. “Fremantle’s titles are a perfect fit with our platform, as we curate entertaining stories that reflect larger societal issues, driving conversation and change.”

“The diverse range of shows acquired feature exceptional talent, powerful stories and tackle some incredibly timely issues — we’ve no doubt they’ll make a lasting impression on Topic’s subscribers,” added Lisa Honig, EVP of distribution for North America, international at Fremantle.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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