Extra: NENT Studios UK takes Joe Biden doc; Dogwoof sells “On the Record”, “Laurel Canyon”

NENT Studios UK picks up Joe Biden feature NENT Studios UK has acquired Joe Biden: Comeback King (1 x 60 minutes) from producer/writer Danielle Winter (Adam Sandler: Funny Guy) and director Finlay Bald. The ...
October 13, 2020

NENT Studios UK picks up Joe Biden feature

NENT Studios UK has acquired Joe Biden: Comeback King (1 x 60 minutes) from producer/writer Danielle Winter (Adam Sandler: Funny Guy) and director Finlay Bald.

The documentary serves as a full and timely biography of the seasoned politician, charting his life from his roots in Pennsylvania through to today following his vicious primary race for the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination.

NENT Studios UK’s Elin Thomas, EVP of sales, said in a statement: “This year’s presidential election will doubtless generate massive interest across the globe. There are hundreds of documentary hours readily available on Donald Trump; we are hopeful that Joe Biden: Comeback King will go some way to redressing the balance and provide a new point of view for interested broadcasters and their audiences.”

Dogwoof inks deals for On the Record, Laurel Canyon

London-headquartered distributor Dogwoof has secured sales for Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s On the Record and Alison Ellwood’s Laurel Canyon.

The Sundance-premiering, Oscar-nominated documentary On the Record (pictured) — about allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons — was picked up by Sky (UK), TV2 (Denmark), VRT (Belgium), HBO (CEE), Now TV (Hong Kong & Macau), Rialto (New Zealand), NITV/SBS (Australia), Direct TV (LatAm, excluding Brazil), VGTV (Norway), Crave (Canada), Globo (Brazil) and Movistar + (Spain).

Laurel Canyon, a two-part documentary about a music revolution that took place in the LA neighborhood of Laurel Canyon during the 1960s and ’70s, has been sold to Direct TV (LatAm) and Channel 1 (Russia).

Previously announced sales include Madman (Australia and New Zealand), GPS (all rights, Japan), ARTE France (France, Germany), VRT (Belgium), DR (Denmark), and NRK (Norway).

Autentic Distribution secures pre-sales science, adventure series

Autentic Distribution has inked a pre-sales deal with German free-TV channel NTV for the upcoming science series The Animal Within (6 x 45 minutes), produced by Canadian prodco Go Button Media, and the sports and adventures series The Huntsman (4 x 45 minutes), produced by Smac.

NTV, owned by Bertelsmann Media’s RTL Group, has acquired the free-TV rights for German-speaking territories and will premiere the series in 2021. Production of both series is expected to be completed this year.

Both series are co-produced by in-house production label Autentic. Autentic Distribution holds worldwide distribution rights. 

Beyond Rights sends content to U.S.

Beyond Rights has closed a series of deals with U.S. broadcasters totaling 323 hours.

CF Entertainment, part of the Byron Allen empire, has acquired all nine seasons – 129 hours – of obs-doc series Highway Thru Hell  for syndication across the company’s local television network.

Season nine of Highway Thru Hell (18 x 60 minutes) and season five of Heavy Rescue: 401 (14 x 60 minutes) have also been licensed to The Weather Channel.

Highway Thru Hell and Heavy Rescue: 401 are produced by Great Pacific Media

Animal Planet, meanwhile, has acquired seasons four and five (12 x 60 minutes each) of Chasing Monsters from Untamed Productions.

The first five seasons of property title Love It or List It, produced by Big Coat Productions in Canada, have been licensed to HGTV along with season three of Love It or List It Australia (10 x 60 minutes), produced by Beyond Productions.

Finally, Beyond Productions’ White Rabbit Project (10 x 60 minutes) has been acquired by Science Channel.

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 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.