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Extra: “My Grandparents’ War” goes global; All3Media partners with HOOQ

DRG inks global deals fro My Grandparents’ War London-based prodco and distributor DRG, a division of Nordic Entertainment Group, has sold its history format My Grandparents’ War to three global markets after ...
December 19, 2019

DRG inks global deals fro My Grandparents’ War

London-based prodco and distributor DRG, a division of Nordic Entertainment Group, has sold its history format My Grandparents’ War to three global markets after securing distribution rights in July.

My Grandparents’ War (4 x 60 minutes) marks the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII by following high-profile actors as they retrace the steps of their grandparents, from the beaches of Dunkirk to the prisoner of war camps in Asia. The four episodes are each fronted by a different actor: Helena Bonham Carter (pictured), Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance and Carey Mulligan.

Channel 4 commissioned My Grandparents’ War from Wild Pictures. Tom Anstiss and Paul Hamann serve as executive producers, and Fatima Salaria is commissioning editor for C4.

Australia’s SBS acquired the series first, followed by deals with NRK in Norway and RTHK in Hong Kong.

DRG has also concluded format option deals with two Banijay Group companies: KM Production in France and Cuarzo Producciones in Spain, with the latter expected to focus on the Spanish Civil War, as opposed to WWII.

Rob Unsworth named head of BBC’s The One Show

BBC Studios, UK pubcaster BBC’s commercial production subsidiary, has appointed Rob Unsworth as head of The One Show.

The One Show, part of BBC1′s slate for 13 years, is a daily live magazine-style show featuring topical stories interspersed with specialist factual films.

Unsworth has led the BBC Studios’ factual team in Salford since the company’s commercialization in 2016, producing a range of programs including Rip Off Britain and Watchdog Live for BBC1, Sex on the Couch and Sex, Drugs & Murder: Life in the Red Light Zone for BBC3, and most recently the new commission for BBC1, For Love or Money with Kym Marsh and Ashley John-Baptiste.

He started his production career as a researcher on the BBC’s Holiday series, working on productions such as Blue Peter, Rogue Traders, and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show before becoming editor of Watchdog between 2006 and 2010. He then worked as an editorial policy advisor before taking on leadership of the current affairs team in Manchester in 2011.

He will assume his new role in the new year.

All3Media Int’l signs content partnership in Asia with HOOQ

Global indie distributor All3Media International has inked a content representation partnership with Southeast Asian video-on-demand service HOOQ.

The partnership will see All3Media managing sales and global rights for HOOQ Originals, the brands’ multi-genre, local content offerings, spanning each of HOOQ’s markets.

HOOQ’s Originals slate, which compliments more than 35,000 hours of movies, television shows and sports programming, is currently comprised of 63 original productions across the region, including factual titles.

Included in the partnership is Sex Talks with Dr. Holmes, a 10 x 10-minute series of factual digital shorts from Ninjadog Studios in the Philippines, set for a second 10 x 10-minute season, delivering early in 2020.

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