Extra: Blue Ant Int’l secures sales in Asia; Viacom Int’l Studios bolsters formats slate

Blue Ant Int’l inks deals in Asia Blue Ant International has secured multiple factual programming sales in Asia, further expanding the global distributor’s reach in the region. Discovery licensed two series for its ...
December 2, 2019

Blue Ant Int’l inks deals in Asia

Blue Ant International has secured multiple factual programming sales in Asia, further expanding the global distributor’s reach in the region.

Discovery licensed two series for its Pan Asian network, including seasons one and two of Orangutan Jungle School (pictured; 20 x 60 minutes; NHNZ); and John Torode’s Middle East (10 x 30 minutes; Blink Films).

Discovery in Japan secured Animal Senses (6 x 30 minutes; Blue Ant Studios) and renewed Dino Hunt (4 x 60 minutes; Cream Productions).

AETN18 Media PVT (A&E Network, India) picked up competition series Best Cake Wins (20 x 30 minutes; Architect Films).

In South Korea, three broadcasters have picked up specialist factual and factual titles: MBC bought Secret Life of the Koala (2 x 60 minutes; Blink Films); YTN Science will broadcast seasons one and two of Wildlife Icons (8 x 60 minutes and 6 x 60 minutes; Off the Fence); and KBS secured Blue (1 x 60 minutes; Northern Pictures) and Animals at Play (2 x 60 minutes; Offspring Films).

TVB in Hong Kong also licensed Animals at Play along with Animals Decoded (3 x 60 minutes), Supersenses (3 x 60 minutes), and the kids series When I Grow Up! (26 x 11 minutes; Riverbank Pictures).

Thailand’s True Vision opted for the kids series Make it Big, Make it Small (7 x 30 minutes; Blue Ant Studios); Haunted Case Files (16 x 60 minutes; Our House Media); The Weather Files (8 x 60 minutes; Blue Ant Studios); and seasons one and two of Sarah Off the Grid (12 x 60 minutes; Alibi Entertainment).

Viacom Int’l Studios ramps up formats slate in Asia

Social influencer format The Viral Factory from Viacom-owned Nickelodeon has been picked up by GMM Thailand.

The series, which first aired on the network in The Netherlands in 2018, is slated to premiere in 2020.

The news comes as Viacom International Studios (VIS) bolsters its formats catalog with the series Love School and Roadies, as well as the entertainment series America’s Most Musical Family.

VIS will exclusively represent the Hindi language formats Love School and Roadies, originally developed by Viacom’s Indian joint venture Viacom 18.

Love School sees young couples enroll in an academic program to save their relationship, while Roadies follows teams of contestants as they travel the country and take part in challenges in hopes of being crowned the “Ultimate Roadie.”

Studio-based talent competition format America’s Most Musical Family, which launched in the U.S. in November, sees 30 families compete in front of celebrity judges to win a recording contract and a US$250,000 prize.

GRB’s On the Case heads to Singapore

GRB Studios will take new seasons of the true crime investigation series On the Case to Asia Television Forum, held Dec. 3 to 6 in Singapore.

The series explores murder mysteries through interviews with those closest to the case, and examines forensic evidence that helped to unravel the crimes.

The content studio and global distributor said its “continually expanding its presence in the Asia Pacific region” following recent sales in Japan, Australia and Thailand.

Insight TV partners with Astro Malaysia

Insight TV is launching its UHD content in Malaysia on the Astro Malaysia network.

The 4K UHD HDR broadcaster now has its first dedicated branded block on Astro’s UHD channel.

Insight TV’s shows include the series Car Crews with Supercar Blondie, starring Alex Hirschi, and Streetkings in Jail, a co-production with Vice Studios featuring Dutch soccer manager Ruud Gullit and Brazilian soccer player Gilberto Silva.

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