Blue Ant Int’l secures 300 hours of content sales
Blue Ant International, the sales division of Blue Ant Media, has sent 300 hours of unscripted content to platforms across the U.S., the Caribbean Basin and Canada.
AMC Networks in the U.S. has acquired Ray Klonsky’s 90-minute documentary special Fight for Justice: David and Me (Markham Street Films) for its Sundance Now streaming service.
Elsewhere, BYUtv has acquired the 7 x 60-minute Paul Brandt’s Build It Forwardfrom Corkscrew Media, while media company Tastemade has picked up Rockhead Entertainment’s David Rocco’s Dolce Napoli (13 x 30 minutes; pictured), which will be available on the lifestyle streaming network in the U.S., UK, and Canada.
Across the U.S. and Canada, Quintus Media has licensed a multitude of factual and high-impact documentary titles for its AVOD platform Free Documentary that includes more than 180 hours of content.
North of the border, Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment has acquired seasons three through six of Arcadia Entertainment’s Hope for Wildlife (52 x 60 minutes) for speciality channel Nat Geo Wild, while provincial pubcaster TVO has picked up ER Vets (30 x 30 minutes; Rhino Content), as well as seasons two and three of Great Blue Wild (12 x 60 minutes; Blue Ant Studios).
French Canada’s Quebecor Content has licensed the adventure docuseries Life Below Zero: Canada (8 x 60 minutes; Saloon Media), while CBC/Radio-Canada has taken French Canadian rights to season one of Detention Adventure (20 x 11 minutes; LoCo Motion Pictures & Broken Compass Pictures) for its Ici.Tou.tv streaming service.
CBC has also licensed several natural history titles for its French-speaking audience, including season nine of Arcadia Entertainment’s Hope for Wildlife(10 x 60 minutes); Offspring Films’ Animals at Play (2 x 60 minutes); Icon Films’ Malawi Wildlife Rescue (6 x 60 minutes); Grizzly Creek Films’ Epic Yellowstone (2 x 90 minutes); Northern Pictures’ Life on the Reef (3 x 60 minutes); and Urban Canyons’ hour-long special Epic Warrior Women: Vikings.
APC acquires global rights to ARTE documentary
Parisian boutique producer and distributor About Premium Content (APC) has acquired the global rights to ARTE’s recently completed documentary on legendary fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who passed away last week aged 98.
Pierre Cardin: A Figure of Modernity (52 minutes; O2B Films for ARTE) will utilize unpublished archive footage and Chinese ink drawings to shed light on one of the most controversial figures in the fashion world.
The film will peel the curtain back on Cardin’s upbringing as an Italian refugee while also reflecting on the designer’s artistic and financial successes over the past seven decades.
“Pierre Cardin: A Figure of Modernity is an inspiring documentary – celebrating the life and work of one of the most celebrated fashion designers,” said Laurent Boissel and Emmanuelle Guilbart, joint-CEOs and co-founders at APC, in a statement. “The fashion world is mourning his loss at the end of 2020 and this timely and fitting documentary pays tribute to his genius. We hope this film will offer a unique insight into his life which his fans and admirers have never seen before.”
NHK World-Japan preps docuseries on 2011 tsunami
NHK World-Japan, the 24-hour international English-language TV channel from Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, is set to premiere the two-part docuseries 3/11 – The Tsunami this month.
On March 11, 2011 at 2:46 p.m., an M9 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Japan triggered a tsunami, flooding 650 km of coastline, destroying many cities and towns and claiming the lives of over 18,000 people.
The docuseries includes footage filmed in 2011 and 2012 by NHK and eyewitnesses in the disaster-hit areas, edited together in chronological order to convey the impact of the disaster, which crushed buildings and cars and led to nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Episode one focuses on the first three days of the disaster while episode two covers the first year after the event.
ViacomCBS, Hulu sign expanded distribution deal
ViacomCBS and Disney-owned streamer Hulu have struck a distribution deal that will see more content from ViacomCBS’s portfolio added to Hulu’s live TV subscription streaming service.
The multi-year deal introduces 12 additional ViacomCBS networks to Hulu+ Live TV, including BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, VH1, CMT, Nick Jr., TV Land, BET Her, MTV2, NickToons, TeenNick and MTV Classic.
It also includes continued carriage of CBS broadcast stations, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel and The CW, as well as continued distribution of ViacomCBS’s premium subscription service, Showtime.