Discovery rebrands Home as HGTV in UK
Discovery has rebranded home and lifestyle network Home in the UK to bring it in line with its North American network HGTV. The rebrand includes a new bespoke brand identity for the UK inspired by British design trends, with a new logo, idents and website.
The UK rebrand will give audiences access to the content from the existing HGTV in the U.S., with titles including Fixer Upper, My Lottery Dream Home and House Hunters, alongside local programs like Sarah Beeny’s Renovate Don’t Relocate, Escape to the Country and DIY SOS.
The UK HGTV is available on BT TV 42, Freeview 42, Sky 158, Virgin 279 and Youview 42. It can be streamed on dplay, Discovery’s free streaming service with live TV, catch up and box sets.
TVF International expands Europe team
Indie factual distributor TVF International has appointed Poppy McAlister as a new sales executive focused on the Nordic territories as the company continues to expand in Europe.
McAlister joins the London‐based firm with responsibility for distributing finished tape and formats into the Nordics.
Recent Nordic sales include pubcasters UR Sweden and YLE Finland picking up Make Waves’ India on Film (2 x 48 minutes), pan‐Nordic cooking channel Matkanalan licensing Tin Roof Media’s UKTV travelogue John Torode’s Asia (10 x 23 minutes), Norway’s NRK has taking Discovery Channel’s How China Works (6 x 44 minutes) and Sweden’s SVT snapping up Get Real: China’s Social Credit Lab (1 x 47 minutes) from Channel NewsAsia.
The Nordic sales join numerous sales across Europe.
FilmRise, SKY Studios sign copro deal on Bloodline Detectives
New York-based TV and film prodco FilmRise has entered into an agreement with Sky Studios, the commissioning and production arm of Comcast-owned European media and entertainment giant Sky, to co-produce true crime docuseries Bloodline Detectives.
The 20 x 60-minute series, produced by Peninsula Television, focuses on Familial DNA investigation, a search technique which uses genetic material from relatives to track down a suspect to solve violent crimes.
FilmRise will retain all sales and distribution rights to the series exclusively in North America, except physical home videos. Outside of North America, NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle sales on behalf of Sky Studios and FilmRise.
Discovery UK will serve as UK funding partner.
Kew Media sells raft of titles in the U.S., Canada, Latin America
Global distributor Kew Media Distribution has signed several deals across the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
In the U.S. and Canada, AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now has nabbed Aileen: Life & Death of a Serial Killer, Biggie and Tupac, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Three Days in June, Soufra and Princess Diana: A Life After Death.
Meanwhile, Kew will also send the doc Margaret Atwood: A Word After A Word After A Word is Power to ViacomCBS Networks Americas, to air on Paramount Channel Latin America, while Canada’s ZoomerMedia Limited’s channel ONETV — GET FIT will take The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp and Bulging Brides, as Yes TV Canada renews Highway to Heaven.