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Extra: Love Nature preps “After the Wildfires”; Fremantle inks deals for “Enslaved”

Love Nature preps After the Wildfires Blue Ant Media-owned wildlife and nature platform Love Nature is exploring the aftermath of the wildfires that ravaged Australia in 2019 with the commission of After the Wildfires. Produced by ...
September 28, 2020

Love Nature preps After the Wildfires

Blue Ant Media-owned wildlife and nature platform Love Nature is exploring the aftermath of the wildfires that ravaged Australia in 2019 with the commission of After the Wildfires.

Produced by Sydney-based Northern Pictures, the one-off, hour-long special (pictured) will center on the animals that struggled to survive the devastating fires and those who gave everything to save them. The project will feature “dramatic” footage of the fires as they spread across 20 million acres, alongside first-hand stories of the ongoing recovery efforts.

After the Wildfires is a coproduction between Australian pubcaster ABC, Canadian pubcaster CBC and Blue Ant International. 

Karina Holden exec produces for Northern Pictures alongside Love Nature’s James Manfull.

After the Wildfires will premiere this November across Love Nature’s online and linear platforms, reaching 200 million homes globally.

Blue Ant International oversees pre-sales and licensing exclusively outside of the commissioning territories. The title will be available at this year’s virtual MIPCOM market and conference.

Fremantle signs deals for Enslaved

London-based superindie prodco and distributor Fremantle is to launch American slavery docuseries Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in 130 territories following multiple international deals.

Narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, the series will utilize new diving technologies including advanced 3D mapping and ground-penetrating radar to examine sunken slave ships on three continents responsible for transporting more than 12 million kidnapped people who were sold into slavery.

Following its premiere on Epix in the U.S., Enslaved will launch on France’s Histoire TV (TF1 Group), Germany’s History, Spain’s Movistar+ and RTVE, HBO Portugal, BBC Earth in Poland, Discovery Film and Spektrum across Eastern Europe, Greece’s Cosmote, BBC Persian throughout MENA, National Geographic in Latin America, M-Net for Africa, and Cable & Wireless in the Caribbean.

British pubcaster BBC2, meanwhile, will broadcast a four-part reversioning of the series.

Enslaved is a copro between Toronto’s Associated Producers and London’s Cornelia Street Productions, in association with CBC Canada, documentary Channel and Epix in the U.S. 

Gil Formats to plate The Flavor of Home

Tel Aviv-based distributor Gil Formats has acquired culinary travelogue The Flavor of Home for international distribution.

Developed and coproduced by Spanish prodcos Prointel and It’s OK, and South Korea’s Cenmedia, the factual entertainment format will follow a renowned celebrity chef as they meet three ex-patriots longing to taste a specific dish from their homeland.

The chef will then travel to the individual’s country of origin to find food experts and local chefs that will teach him or her how to perfect the requested dishes before returning home to recreate the meals for the expats.

The Story Lab, Nippon TV to unveil 9 Windows

London producer-distributor The Story Lab, a division of the Dentsu Aegis Network, and Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV are launching the comedy gameshow 9 Windows at this year’s virtual MIPCOM market.

Each episode of the comedic talent format will pit nine ordinary contestants with “astonishing abilities” against one another for the opportunity to win a cash prize. Through three rounds, the competitors must impress a studio jury with their hidden talents – from balancing household objects on top of another to displaying incredible knife skills – from the comfort and safety of their homes through nine studio screens known as “windows”.

9 Windows marks the first title to be launched by the two organization’s recent co-development partnership.

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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