Extra: Off the Fence sells “Titanic” doc; Arrow Media names Stuart Pender EP

Off the Fence sells Titanic doc globally Off the Fence (OTF) has inked sales for upcoming Titanic feature documentary Titanic: Into the Heart of the Wreck. The film is directed by Thomas Risch, ...
January 19, 2021

Off the Fence sells Titanic doc globally

Off the Fence (OTF) has inked sales for upcoming Titanic feature documentary Titanic: Into the Heart of the Wreck.

The film is directed by Thomas Risch, produced by French prodco Bleu Kobalt and was commissioned by France Telévisions. Broadcasters on board the film about the ill-fated ship include France Telévisions, ZDF, Channel 4 and History Channel in the U.S.

A story that continues to fascinate generations, there have been several factual and fictional retellings of the tragic maiden voyage of the Titanic. This time around the filmmakers are taking a deep dive into the underwater Titanic expeditions as revealed by the world-leading explorers of the wreck, including filmmaker James Cameron and oceanographer Paul- Henry Nargeolet (RMS Titanic, Inc.), where they relive their journey from the Titanic’s discovery in 1985 until today. The doc also uses 3D animation to explore the wreck’s continuing deterioration from iron eating bacteria.

OTF came on board Into the Heart of the Wreck in early stages. The film aired on France Telévisions last December.

(Photo: Courtesy of RMS Titanic Inc)

Arrow Media appoints Stuart Pender to executive producer 

UK prodco Arrow Media has promoted series producer Stuart Pender to executive producer.

Pender has worked on factual programming with a long list of broadcasters on both sides of the pond from the BBC and ITV in the UK to Discover and National Geographic in America.

Pender has spent the past two years at Arrow where he oversaw some of the company’s long-running crime series, including See No Evil, Body Cam and The Devil Speaks, all for Investigation Discovery.

Juno Films picks up The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

U.S. distributor Juno Films has nabbed the American and Canadian rights to the feature documentary The Most Beautiful Boy in the World which will bow in the World Documentary Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Kristina Lindstom and Kristian Petri and produced by Stina Gardell’s Stockholm-based Mantaray Film, the film follows Björn Andrésen (Death in Venice) as he wistfully reflects on his life of stardom.

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World follows former child star Björn Andrésen, whose life changed at the age of 15 when filmmaker Luchino Visconti cast him in his 1969 screen adaptation of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice. Fifty years after the premiere of the film, which thrust the teen into stardom, Andrésen takes the audience on a personal journey of memories, cinema history, celebrity and tragic events in what could be the former child-star’s final attempt for him to get his life back on track.

Film Boutique recently announced that they have acquired worldwide sales rights. Juno Films will release the film in theaters in May 2021.

ZDF takes international rights to Inside Japan’s War

German distributor ZDF Enterprises has picked up the international distribution rights (excluding Australia) to Inside Japan’s War, a four-part series produced by Wildbear Entertainment.

The docuseries, which begins production the end of this month, explores WWII from the perspective of Japan and the rise and fall of its empire and the effect the war and societal changes had on Japan’s citizens of the time, including the fateful bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The series will use a mix of archival footage, interviews with experts and personal accounts to unravel the reasons Japan entered the war.

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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.