TVF Int’l strengthens ties in Korea
London-based sales distributor TVF International has bolstered its presence in South Korea with a raft of sales from its specialist factual catalog.
Korean pubcaster KBS has acquired several documentaries for its international strand ‘Public Media Worldwide’, including the Ian Hislop-fronted BBC history documentary Fake News (1 x 60 minutes; Wingspan Production); ABC Art’s You See Monsters (1 x 60 minutes); and RTE’s Mother, Father Deaf (1 x 60 minutes).
A+E’s History in the region, meanwhile, has acquired rights to the hour-long special North Korea’s Nuclear Bomb, which was produced for Channel News Asia’s ‘The Asian Century’ strand.
Elsewhere, TVF has sent the NHK blue-chip wildlife series Animal Instincts (8 x 60 minutes) to pay-TV broadcaster YTN Science; while ARTE’s Isles of The Queen (10 x 60 minutes) was picked up by JCG Media Rights. Cable network MBN has acquired 38 hours of the Mediaworks-produced fishing series Big Angry Fish, as well as DIEMA’s long-running travel series No Luggage (84 x 30 minutes).
Finally, the sales house has partnered with Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) to distribute worldwide rights to science series Anthropocene (3 x 60 minutes), and the Smithsonian Channel and EBS copro China’s Dragon Emperor (2 x 60 minutes; pictured). TVF has also closed an agreement with EBS to bring seasons 10 and 11 of long-running aerial series The World From Above (148 x 30 minutes) to the network, as well as Discovery’s hour-long anniversary documentary VE Day: Minute by Minute from Woodcut Media.
TVF International also collaborated with Mountain TV on South Africa from Above (1 x 60 minutes).
Sunny Side of the Doc rolls out int’l pitching event
La Rochelle, France-based Sunny Side of the Doc is rolling out a new international pitching event centered around investigative and current affairs projects.
The marketplace has put out a call for projects in development or in production to participate in the two-day online event, taking place Feb. 2-3.
Formats to be accepted include feature films, one-offs, series, short formats, multimedia concepts and immersive and XR experiences.
Projects must have strong potential in the international market and be related to the themes of climate and environment, science and health, economy, or social and political issues. Submitted projects with an impact campaign will be heavily favored, organizers stated.
A selection of 12 projects will be presented to a panel of decision makers during the event, followed by a live, five-minute Q&A session and pre-arranged one-to-one meetings with buyers and commissioning editors.
The best pitching team will be invited to present their project in June 2021 in La Rochelle, and will receive two free accreditations.
France Télévisions, ARTE France, Knowledge Network, SVT, RTS, YLE, BBC 4, NHK, Autentic, MDR, SWR, WGBH, WNET, Terra Mater, Sandbox, Little Dot Studios, Impact Partners and the International Documentary Association have confirmed their participation.
The 32nd edition of Sunny Side of the Doc will take place from June 21 to 24, 2021 in La Rochelle and via the connected platform.
All3Media Int’l inks Czech Republic sales deal
UK-based distributor All3Media International has secured a package deal with Czech broadcaster TV Óčko.
The agreement will see more than 100 hours of non-scripted titles heading to the Czech Republic, with TV Óčko signing six Studio Lambert fact-ent titles. Included are seasons one through four of dating series Naked Attraction (35 x 60 minutes; for Channel 4); season one of the BAFTA-winning adventure series Race Across the World (6 x 60 minutes; for BBC2); season four of Tattoo Fixers (15 x 60 minutes; for E4); and Body Fixers (10 x 60 minutes; for E4).
The broadcaster has also picked up seasons one and two of the Second Star-produced, feel-good dating series Flirty Dancing (11 x 60 minutes; for Channel 4) and season one of Lion Television’s ultimate relationship series Just One Night (6 x 30 minutes; for BBC3).