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Extra: ITV Studios, Something Special ink format deal; Autentic, Go Button team for “Animal Within”

ITV Studios signs deal with Something Special Global producer-distributor ITV Studios and South Korea’s recently launched Something Special — which specializes in the development, production and distribution of TV formats — have ...
October 6, 2020

ITV Studios signs deal with Something Special

Global producer-distributor ITV Studios and South Korea’s recently launched Something Special — which specializes in the development, production and distribution of TV formats — have signed a deal to develop formats to take to the international market.

The agreement will see Something Special work with both ITV Studios’ Global Creative Network and Israeli producer-distributor Armoza Formats to create two new formats to be launched in 2021, with Something Special representing the shows in Asia and ITV Studios taking international rights elsewhere.

Audible, Team Coco to produce audio unscripted series, docs

Amazon’s Audible has struck a global, multi-project, first-look development and production deal with Conan O’Brien’s Emmy-winning digital media company Team Coco to produce scripted and unscripted episodic audio series, documentaries and other original audio projects.

The company has been bolstering its slate of non-scripted audio projects in recent months. In June, Audible commissioned three series from Nancy Glass’s Philadelphia- and Los Angeles-based indie Glass Entertainment Group.

Go Button Media secures Autentic commission 

Germany’s Autentic has commissioned Toronto-headquartered indie Go Button Media to produce The Animal Within for its Spiegel TV Wissen channel.

The 6 x 60-minute natural history series (pictured) investigates how animals can outperform “our wildest engineering dreams,” featuring CGI and interviews with experts such as engineers and biologists.

Slated to premiere in December, The Animal Within is executive produced by Daniel Oron and Natasha Ryan for Go Button Media and Alexandra Böhm, head of international co-production at Autentic. It will premiere later this fall and will be distributed internationally (excluding in Canada) by Autentic Distribution.

Abacus Media Rights sets doc at BritBox, new series with EQ Media Group

BritBox, the digital video subscription service owned by BBC Studios and ITV, is partnering with distributor Abacus Media Rights on the documentary Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and Miss Marple.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s first novel, the documentary examines 10 of the author’s most beloved books, discusses her writing influences and delves into one of her most notable protagonists, the fictional detective Hercule Poirot.

The film, A Honey Bee production, premieres Oct. 10 on BritBox in North America and Channel 5 in the UK. Ed Taylor and Ros Edwards serve as executive producers; Sean Davison is director. Abacus Media Rights oversees international distribution.

In other news, Abacus Media Rights and EQ Media Group are set to premiere two factual series this year on SBS Australia and A+E Networks UK Channels, including Sky History in the UK and History in Sweden, Poland and Benelux.

Hitlers Secret Sex Life (4 x 60 minutes) will include archive from the Nazi era accompanied by interviews with historians, psychologists and sociologists; while How the Nazis Lost the War (6 x 60 minutes) examines the poor decision-making, hubris and badly executed plans that doomed the Nazis during World War II.

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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