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Extra: RTE Programme Sales, AMC Networks Int’l ink deals; Drive brings Twofour sales exec on board

RTÉ Programme Sales, AMC Networks Int’l strike deal RTÉ Programme Sales has sold an 80-hour package of lifestyle programming to AMC Networks International – Central and Europe (AMCNI CNE), including several of ...
September 15, 2020

RTÉ Programme Sales, AMC Networks Int’l strike deal

RTÉ Programme Sales has sold an 80-hour package of lifestyle programming to AMC Networks International – Central and Europe (AMCNI CNE), including several of the Irish pubcaster’s home renovation, design and culinary titles.

Additionally, Polish commercial broadcaster Polsat has acquired My Trans Life (2 x 60 minutes), produced by Zucca Films and That’s A Wrap TV. The two-part special, filmed over the course of two years, presents an intimate portrait of the lives of five young transgender people following Ireland’s ground-breaking 2015 decision to allow its citizens to change their legal gender based on self-identification alone.

The package deal with AMCNI CNE for its Spektrum Home channel, which airs across Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia, includes two home-renovation series fronted by TV architect Dermot Bannon. In Incredible Homes (6 x 60 minutes), Bannon visits unusual living spaces in global capitals, while Room to Improve (46 x 52 minutes) — now in its 12th season on RTÉ — sees Bannon apply his creativity to a number of properties, some presenting more challenges than others. Both series were produced by CoCo Content for RTÉ.

Also included in the AMCNI CNE package for Spektrum Home are the first two series of Design Doctors (12 x 25 minutes), produced by Animo TV Production for RTÉ. The series follows designers Aoife Rhattigan and Garry Cohn as they help ordinary homeowners inject imagination into their homes without breaking the bank.

On the culinary front, AMCNI CNE has acquired for its cooking channel TV Paprika — airing in Hungary, Czech Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Moldova — Donal’s Meals in Minutes (17 x 30 minutes), produced by Appetite Media. The series sees chef Donal Skeahan present easy home-cooked meals.

AMCNI CNE has also taken another three seasons of In-Production’s How to Cook Well with Rory O’Connell, in which the Irish culinary teacher shows viewers how to make three recipes that combine to create a balanced meal. Also on the list is Martin’s Mad about Fish (14 x 25 minutes); Modern Irish Food: Kevin Dundon (10 x 30 minutes); and Paul Flynn: Irish Food (8 x 30 minutes), all produced by RTÉ Cork Production.

Finally, UR Broadcasting in Sweden has acquired the 1 x 60-minute Vitamin Sea, a documentary that follows eight people passionate about how the ocean is helping them deal with grief and manage mental and physical health concerns.

Twofour’s Eniela Bella boards Drive

UK-based production, funding and distribution agency Drive has tapped Eniela Bella, former Twofour Group VP of sales for EMEA, Latin America and Canada, as its new senior sales executive.

In her new role, Bella (pictured) will oversee sales in France, Germany, Iberia and Latin America. Based in London, she will report to company founders and co-MDs Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett.

Bella spent nearly eight years at Twofour Group, where she had full responsibility for the entire Twofour Rights catalog of formats and unscripted programming across her jurisdiction. While at Twofour, she managed format sales of shows including time travel entertainment format This Time Next Year, The Real Marigold Hotel and What Would Your Kid Do?

She has also held roles at Hat Trick Productions, Zodiak Rights and HIT Entertainment throughout her career.

Bella takes up her role at Drive Sept. 21.

Channel 4 picks up Passion’s #Trump special

British pubcaster Channel 4 has licensed the hour-long documentary #Trump: How Social Media Changed the Presidency from London-based sales house Passion Distribution.

The one-off contemporary history special from Passion and Pioneer Productions chronicles the rise of the first U.S. president to utilize Twitter as a political communication tool for his supporters.

#Trump: How Social Media Changed the Presidency will provide an in-depth look into the unorthodox presidency and political stylings of Donald Trump through a combination of archive materials and interviews with political experts and members of Trump’s administration.

First announced in January, the documentary has already pre-sold to Germany’s NTV, Sweden’s SVT, Australia’s Network 10, Denmark’s TV2, Israel’s Channel 8 and Austria’s ORF.

Channel 4 will air a new version of the film that includes sections on the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as the forthcoming U.S. election. France’s M6 for Paris Premiere will also broadcast this version.

It will broadcast this fall on C4 as President Trump: Tweets from The White House.

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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