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Extra: Newen strikes “Wonderbox” deals; Screen Glue lands CBBC order

International deals for Newen’s entertainment format The Wonderbox Newen Distribution, part of Newen Group and a subsidiary of TF1, has struck several international deals for its prime time entertainment format The ...
February 6, 2020

International deals for Newen’s entertainment format The Wonderbox

Newen Distribution, part of Newen Group and a subsidiary of TF1, has struck several international deals for its prime time entertainment format The Wonderbox.

The emotional shiny floor entertainment format (pictured) features celebrities who are presented with their own “Wonderbox”, a large box that within contains a cherished childhood memory. From a beloved face from childhood, a teenage first love, a song hummed a thousand times, a long-lost friend or place never forgotten.

Adaptation rights have been sold in six countries, including Spain, Italy, Canada, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The series has been renewed by France 3 for an additional two episodes.

CBBC greenlights science series from Screen Glue

London factual and kids’ content indie Screen Glue, founded by the award-winning Jasper James, has been commissioned by CBBC to produce a children’s-focused comedy science series.

Each episode of Hey You! What If… (26 x 5 minutes) will combine live-action and “photo-real visual effects” with motion graphics to discover the impossible for kids aged 7-11. The series will be hosted by Neil Reynolds and will be accompanied by the off-screen banter from two narrators – one who knows his science and another who asks insightful questions.

Beyond Distribution has penned its first international deal for the format with Noga Communications for Israel’s Logi Channel.

Luk Internacional inks distribution deal with TCM Spain

Barcelona-set sales house Luk Internacional has inked a distribution deal with WarnerMedia’s TCM to distribute four documentaries produced by TCM Spain.

The entertainment-themed documentaries include the Bette Davis portrait When Bette Davis Bids Farewell; Peckinpah Suite, in which Sam Peckinpah’s daughter, Lupita, discovers unknown aspects of the personality and life of her late father; Nostromo: David Lean’s Impossible Dream, which charts the last years of the filmmaker’s life and his failed bid to make a film adaption of Joseph Conrad’s novel, Nostromo; and 2001 Sparks in the Dark, which proposes a recreation of the interview that Playboy Magazine published in 1968 with legendary director Stanley Kubrick.

As a result of the distribution deal, Luk Internacional has launched a new brand dubbed ‘Behind the Curtain’ focused on distributing entertainment docs worldwide.

Documentaries that make up the ‘Behind the Curtain’ brand showcase prominent characters from the world of culture, particularly in cinema and music. The catalog also includes two films produced by Nova Producciones: I Am Your Father, which pays tribute to Darth Vader actor David Prowse; and Sonic Fantasy, which pulls the curtain back on the creation of Michael Jackson’s album Thriller.

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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