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Extra: Abacus, Revelation tackle true crime series; ZDF takes “Bushfire Animal Rescue”

Abacus Media Rights, Revelation Films team on Real Manhunter Jonathan Ford’s distribution firm Abacus Media Rights, part of the Amcomri Media Group, has teamed with London indie Revelation Films to launch the ...
November 23, 2020

Abacus Media Rights, Revelation Films team on Real Manhunter

Jonathan Ford’s distribution firm Abacus Media Rights, part of the Amcomri Media Group, has teamed with London indie Revelation Films to launch the 10-part true crime series The Real Manhunter.

The 6 x 60-minute series, which has been in production throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, follows former Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Colin Sutton (pictured) as he revisits cases from his 30-year career in law enforcement.

Episodes will explore the crime itself alongside key locations, and explaining how Sutton and his team managed to gather enough evidence to secure a conviction. Also featured throughout will be contributions and interviews with key members of Sutton’s squad teams, victims’ families and those directly involved in each case.  

Slated to premiere in 2021, The Real Manhunter (6 x 60 minutes or 2 x 90 minutes) marks the first production attached to Revelation Films’ recently secured exclusive agreement with Colin Sutton for all non-scripted projects.

Revelation’s Tony Carne and Trevor Drane serve as executive producers on the series.

Abacus Media Rights retains all international rights excluding the UK for the series, which has already been sold to Sky Crime in the UK. It has also been additionally acquired internationally by AMC Networks’ streaming service Acorn TV in the U.S. and Canada, and the Seven Network in Australia.

ZDF Enterprises secures global rights to Bushfire Animal Rescue

ZDF Enterprises, the distribution arm of German pubcaster ZDF, has secured global distribution rights for the Australian documentary Bushfire Animal Rescue. 

Produced by WildBear Entertainment, the 50-minute film chronicles the battle to save Australia’s iconic wildlife from the country’s worst bushfires.

The film charts the stories of those looking to rescue and rehabilitate the koalas, kangaroos, wombats and endangered parrots impacted by the deadly fires before releasing them back into the wild. In addition, the documentary sees human ingenuity applied to protect fragile wildlife populations.

The deal was brokered by Wild Thring Media, in association with Thirteen Productions for WNET and PBS, ZDF/ARTE and ZDF Enterprises.

TVF Int’l picks up Misunderstandings of Miscarriage

London-based distributor TVF International has acquired the international distribution rights to feature-length documentary film Misunderstandings of Miscarriage. 

The 83-minute project (also available in a 1 x 60 minutes) documents filmmaker and actor Tahyna MacManus (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) on a “deeply emotional four-year journey” through pregnancy, birth and multiple miscarriages 

MacManus connects with fellow actresses – Claire Holt, Teresa Palmer and Deborra-Lee Furness – to speak out about their experiences of miscarriage, as well as with women from across Australia to better understand and normalize the experience of miscarriage.

Misunderstandings of Miscarriage is produced by Neon Jane and THIS. Film Studio. The film made its television debut across Australia’s Stan last month for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

Shine Iberia Portugal snaps up All Together Now

Banijay’s musical primetime format All Together Now has been commissioned by Portuguese broadcaster TVI. 

The entertainment format will be produced locally by the Banijay-backed Shine Iberia Portugal. The adaptation is currently in production, following all COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines, and is scheduled to debut early 2021.

Presented by Portuguese host Cristina Ferreira, the singing competition series features musicians, either solo or in groups, performing for a select audience of talented singers, known as “The 100.” Should the audience enjoy what they hear, they stand up and join in. The contestant receives a higher score as more and more of “The 100″ join to sing along. Seasons culminate with two performers going head-to-head in the Grand Final for the opportunity to win a grand prize.

The format was originally created by Remarkable Television and has now sold to 15 markets, with eight productions broadcasting this year.

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