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Extra: Vice Distribution, Hulu ink deal; Abacus sells “People You May Know”

Vice Distribution signs content deal with Hulu Vice Distribution, the newly created distribution and licensing unit of Vice Media Group, has signed a new premium content deal with U.S. streamer Hulu for ...
September 14, 2020

Vice Distribution signs content deal with Hulu

Vice Distribution, the newly created distribution and licensing unit of Vice Media Group, has signed a new premium content deal with U.S. streamer Hulu for 100 hours of original Vice TV content.

The deal is the first to be announced since the launch of the distribution group, helmed by former ITV Studios scripted executive Bea Hegedus, in July.

Programming includes both seasons of Vice TV’s Dark Side of the Ring franchise, as well as new and past seasons of acclaimed unscripted titles including F*ck That’s Delicious, Bong Appetit, Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia and Weediquette.

Abacus Media Rights secures pre-sales for People You May Know doc

Abacus Media Rights, the distribution company headed by former Kew Media exec Jonathan Ford, has secured a slew of pre-sales for the documentary feature People You May Know.

The film (pictured) has been acquired ahead of its MIPCOM launch by AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now U.S., UK & Canada, Fusion U.S., ZDF Germany, HistoireTV France, DR Denmark, NRK Norway, Channel 8 Israel, DIRECTV Latin America, Globoplay Brazil, iwonder Australia & Asia and Rialto New Zealand.

Produced by Metrotone Media, People You May Know follows Charles Kriel, specialist advisor to a UK parliament disinformation committee, when he discovers Cambridge Analytica collaborating with a software company creating a microtargeting platform for U.S. churches, targeting vulnerable people to radicalize them for far-right politics.

With the imminent U.S. 2020 elections, Kriel gathers a team of whistleblowers and journalists to journey across America with his young family, where he discovers a powerful organization with ties to the White House.

Cactus Tree Entertainment, RMI secure deals for COVID-19 docuseries

Elizabeth Levenson, and Benn Watson’s Cactus Tree Entertainment, in partnership with Toronto-based RMI (Re:Source Media Inc.), have pre-sold the second instalment of docuseries COVID-19: Race for the Cure to M-Net for Africa and ZDF Info for German-speaking Europe.

M-Net and ZDF premiered the first episode, titled COVID-19: The Ripple Effect, in July 2020.

Race for the Cure examines how the world is healing from the pandemic, both physically and emotionally, featuring stories from around the world such as vaccine research and distribution.

Several medical and economic experts appear in the film including vaccine experts Adrian Hill and Sarah Gilbert, professors at the University of Oxford; family physician Jennifer Kwan (U.S.); Sundar Elayaperumal (U.A.E.), who speak about the physical and mental effects of the virus; financier Pierre Morgon (Switzerland); and Michael Vatikiotis (Singapore), regional director of Asia at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, among others.

Nippon TV launches Piggyback Challenge

Japanese multiplatform entertainment company Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) has slated the unscripted game show format Piggyback Challenge.

The 30 x 60-minute series sees couples compete against other pairs while piggybacking their partner as they clear the given tasks such as shopping, jogging or dining within a time limit, in pursuit of their dream prize.

Atsushi Sogo, president of international business development for Nippon TV, said in a statement: “Our gameshow formats have been gaining a lot of attention with recent deals such as Block Out, Red Carpet Survival, and Sokkuri Sweets, and we are happy to launch a new gameshow, Piggyback Challenge. It has a great track record on our prime-time entertainment slot, with celebrities piggybacking their partners and competing with other couples.”

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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