All3Media Int’l sells The Dog House, acquires Dog Almighty
Distributor All3Media International has signed a format deal with Australian broadcaster Network 10 for The Dog House, originally created by Five Mile Films for Channel 4.
Network 10 will adapt The Dog House for Australian audiences, with production beginning in Australia in 2021.
The distributor is also in advanced discussions with several European broadcasters regarding format rights for the series. Further local adaptations are expected to be announced soon.
All3Media International also acquired tape and format rights for canine competition series Dog Almighty (pictured), originally produced by Great Southern Television for New Zealand’s TVNZ.
Abacus Media Rights sells in Latin America
Abacus Media Rights (AMR), part of the Amcomri Media Group, has secured a raft of factual programming sales to Latin American platforms.
HBO Latin America has acquired the 1 x 100-minute feature documentary Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn, produced by Lightbox and directed by Muta’Ali (Life’s Essentials with Ruby Dee).
Elsewhere, the 100-minute documentary Whitney ‘Can I Be Me’, directed by Nick Broomfield, sold to Globoplay in Brazil.
The MGM Studios-produced Lennon’s Last Weekend, a film about John Lennon’s final interview, has been acquired by DirectTV Latin America for its exclusive OnDirectTV channel and associated VOD for DirectTV GO.
Finally, Paramount Network Latin America has snapped up Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power, a 92-minute documentary film from White Pine Pictures.
Litton Entertainment introduces streaming channel Xplore
Producer-distributor Litton Entertainment, a division of Hearst Television, has launched the global streaming channel Xplore.
The free, ad-supported streaming TV channel launched in the U.S. Nov. 16 with more than 2,500 hours of content across such genres as travel, lifestyle, animals, natural sciences, technology and sports.
Its partners include Samsung TV Plus, VIZIO SmartCast, The Roku Channel and Plex, all of which are scheduled to launch the channel by late November; and XUMO, which is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2021.
Pat Younge joins ITV Studios board
Cardiff Productions co-founder and co-managing director Pat Younge is joining ITV Studios’ board as non-executive director.
Younge takes up the role immediately. He replaces outgoing non-executive director Denise O’Donoghue.
The award-winning journalist and creative has more than 30 years of experience working with broadcasters in the UK and abroad. Throughout his career, Younge has held senior roles in commissioning, production, public service television, digital media and pay-TV.
He took up his current role at Cardiff Productions in May after departing Sugar Films, the company he co-founded in 2015.
Previously, Younge led the BBC Television Production studio, where he oversaw 2,500 hours of TV programming annually across comedy, drama, entertainment, factual and multi-platform.
Responsible for 3,000 program-makers in six bases across the UK, production from his teams included such series as Strictly Come Dancing and Planet Earth.
Prior to that, the executive spent four years in the U.S. as president of Travel Channel.
Reality SVOD Hayu rolls out in Germany, Austria
Hayu, NBCUniversal International’s reality-focused on-demand SVOD, has launched in Germany and Austria.
The service — which features such reality TV as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real Housewives and Below Deck – is available on Amazon Prime Video Channels via the Prime Video app. Prime members in Germany and Austria will gain access to Hayu with an add on subscription.
Hayu features unscripted sub-genres in English language including home and design, dating, cooking, crime and fashion.
The SVOD is available in 16 territories. It launched in the UK, Ireland and Australia in March 2016, followed by Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark in November 2017.
Recent territory expansions include Canada in September 2018, followed by the Benelux in December 2018 and Southeast Asia — the Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore — in October 2019.