Drive makes formats push with acquisition of The Chop
Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency led by Lilla Hurst and Ben Barrett, has penned a deal with Sky History UK to distribute the competition series The Chop.
Produced by Big Wheel Film & Television with Motion Content Group, The Chop (9 x 60 minutes) follows 10 of the UK’s best carpenters as they’re tasked each week with crafting items and artifacts around a different historical theme to furnish a grand cabin in the woods. The winner will also be crowned Britain’s Top Woodworker and awarded the chance to stage their own exhibition at London’s William Morris Gallery.
In addition to The Chop, Drive has picked up BBC2′s forthcoming Pub Rescue with Tom Kerridge (3 x 60 minutes; Bone Soup Productions), which sees the celebrity chef and pub owner lend his expertise to four pubs under threat of closure; and HGTV renovation series Cash in the Spare Room (10 x 60 minutes; Friel Kean Films), which transforms unused and forgotten spaces into lucrative vacation stays.
TVF International seals factual deals in Thailand
British indie factual distributor TVF International has inked a number of deals with broadcasters in Thailand for more than 1,000 hours of non-scripted programming.
Free-TV broadcaster Thairath TV has acquired two Asian-produced titles in Big Food (pictured; 13 x 23 minutes; The Moving Visuals Co.); and The Snake Master (26 x 43 minutes).
Elsewhere, MCOT has picked up more than 20 hours of programming, including Weird Food Diaries (8 x 23 minutes; The Moving Visuals Co.); Celebration Nation (3 x 60 minutes; Beach House Pictures); and the David Attenborough-narrated wildlife series Wild City: Secret Forests (1 x 46 minutes), Wild City: Secret World (1 x 46 minutes) and Hidden Italy (16 x 25 minutes).
STG Mediaplex, meanwhile, has licensed more than 200 hours of factual titles, including the mental health series In My Mind (18 x 29 minutes), Being Me (29 x 29 minutes) and Bulletproof (8 x 30 minutes) from Attitude Pictures; Helicopter Warfare (4 x 47 minutes; Windfall Films), The Last Voices of WW1 (6 x 45 minutes; Testimony Films), and PBS’s Pan Am: Crossing the Pacific (3 x 60 minutes).
Finally, JKN Global secured a 1,000-hour output deal for a range of factual titles, including seasons one through nine of Skyworks’ The World from Above (120 x 30 minutes); travel series No Luggage (84 x 26 minutes); seasons seven and eight of Innovation Nation (26 x 22 minutes); Frontier Borneo (10 x 23 minutes); Eco-Eye: Sustainable Solutions (30 x 25 minutes); and City Time Traveller (18 x 24 minutes).
All deals were negotiated by Serafina Pang, sales executive for Southeast Asia.
Limonero Films to refresh Alchimie channels
British indie distributor Limonero Films and France’s Alchimie, a video tech content enabler, have secured a content partnership deal.
Under the agreement, Limonero will provide Alchimie with access to its stable of premium factual content from third-party producers. For its part, Alchimie will distribute Limonero’s Spanish- and English-language documentary, docuseries and factual programming to its themed subscription OTT channels throughout Europe, Asia, Scandinavia and Australia.
Limonero’s premium factual catalog currently includes such documentaries as Wars Don’t End and In The Darkness: Inside Ivory Coast’s Abidjan Prison, as well as the fact-ent series Fighting Fit Dubai and Edible Wild.