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Drive acquires distribution rights for John Lennon doc UK-based funding and distribution agency Drive has secured the global distribution rights to the 60-minute documentary John Lennon: The Final Year from New York- ...
January 27, 2020

Drive acquires distribution rights for John Lennon doc

UK-based funding and distribution agency Drive has secured the global distribution rights to the 60-minute documentary John Lennon: The Final Year from New York- and Pennsylvania-based Reda Films and UK indie History Television International.

The one-off special recounts the tumultuous final year of Lennon’s life, ahead of the 40th anniversary of the musician’s death using archive material and interviews with those who spent time with Lennon throughout 1980.

John Lennon: The Final Year will explore the year that saw the release of his Double Fantasy album and culminated in his death outside his New York City apartment on Dec. 8, 1980.

Drive is currently securing coproduction financing for the documentary and will debut the film to international broadcast partners at the 2020 Realscreen Summit this week in New Orleans.

Executive poducers for Reda Films are Scott L. Reda and Mark L. Reda. Ken Womack, whose book John Lennon 1980: The Final Days in the Life of Beatle John will be published Oct. 9, serves as producer.

Zed heads to Realscreen Summit ’20

French producer-distributor Zed is headed to the Realscreen Summit with three projects.

Ku Klux Klan: An American Story brings together archival footage and interviews to tell the story of the racist hate group in the U.S. The 2 x 52-minute series, to be delivered in September, is directed by David Korn-Brzoza and produced by Roche Productions for Arte France. It has already pre-sold to Foxtel, SVT, NRK, Welt N24, RSI, VRT and TV5.

Zed is currently seeking a North American partner for the program.

Clean Torture: An American Fabrication combines archive and contemporary footage to delve into the 70-year history of torture in the U.S. The 52-minute film is directed by Auberi Edler and produced by Program 33 for ARTE France. It is currently available.

Lastly, You’ll be Straight offers an immersion into the world of conversion therapies in the U.S., which are designed to “cure” people of homosexuality.

Directed by Caroline Benarrosh and produced by Tohubohu and Falabracks for France Télévisions, the film is currently available.

Distribution360 closes raft of factual sales

As it heads to the Realscreen Summit this week, London- and Toronto-based Distribution360 has concluded a number of international deals.

In Canada, the Netflix Original glass-blowing competition format Blown Away (10 x 30 minutes; pictured) – created and produced by Distribution360′s parent company marblemedia — has been licensed to Bell Media for its Z-Tele French-language channel.

Also in Canada, Rogers Media/SCN has licensed Innovation Nation (6 x 30 minutes). Produced by Partners in Motion, the series travels the globe to look at the scientific discoveries shaping our planet.

In the U.S., Court TV Mystery (formerly The Escape Network) has picked up two true-crime titles: the long running series Crime Stories (76 x 60 minutes) and 13 Seconds: The Kent State Shootings (1 x 60 minutes). Both titles were produced by Partners in Motion.

Distribution360 has also finalized a package of 40 hours with Vobile in China, comprising Crime Stories (18 x 60 minutes); Legend Hunters (9 x 60 minutes); Terror in the Woods (8 x 60 minutes; Wild Dreams Films); Britain’s Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF (4 x 60 minutes) and Red Arrows: Inside the Bubble (1 x 60 minutes) – both from Archie Productions.

Meanwhile, Phoenix TV in Hong Kong has acquired London’s Modern Buildings, the 5 x 30-minute series created by Zatzu Media.

Finally, in Europe, Towercom in Slovakia has picked up season one of Flying Cork Media’s Tomorrow’s World Today (11 x 30 minutes), which examines how pioneers are using technology to create a more sustainable society. Russia’s Kontent has taken Innovation Nation (6 x 30 minutes), while the AG Rubin Group, also in Russia, has committed to Puppy SOS (13 x 30 minutes) the puppy behavior program from White Iron Pictures.

Beyond Distribution, Farpoint Films ink deal at Realscreen Summit

UK- and Australia-based Beyond Distribtion has signed an international distribution deal at the Realscreen Summit with Canadian prodco Farpoint Films to acquire the docuseries Ice Vikings.

The 8 x 60-minute series follows the individuals who form part of Lake Winnipeg’s commercial ice fishing industry, worth around CA$25 million a year.

Facing blizzards, cracking ice and danger, these individuals use traditional ice fishing methods learned from their ancestors, the Icelandic Vikings, who settled near Lake Winnipeg more than 150 years ago.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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