Extra: Abacus takes “In the Shadow of 9/11″; TVF unveils winter slate

Abacus picks up Dan Reed’s In the Shadow of 9/11 Abacus Media Rights, part of the Amcomri Media Group, has secured the international distribution rights to Emmy award-winning filmmaker Dan Reed’s latest feature-length documentary In ...
February 11, 2021

Abacus picks up Dan Reed’s In the Shadow of 9/11

Abacus Media Rights, part of the Amcomri Media Group, has secured the international distribution rights to Emmy award-winning filmmaker Dan Reed’s latest feature-length documentary In the Shadow of 9/11. 

In production for more than five years, the film (pictured) examines the moral panic that set in following the September 11 terrorist attacks, as well as the FBI’s subsequent search to uncover the “enemy within.”

The project explores the tragic story of the Liberty City Seven, a group of young Black men who, in the summer of 2006, were accused of aiding terrorist organization Al Qaeda in a plot to blow up buildings throughout America. Their trial marked the U.S. government’s first major post-9/11 domestic counter-terrorism sting.

In the Shadow of 9/11 was commissioned by British pubcaster Channel 4 and is produced by Reed’s Amos Pictures. PBS ‘Frontline’ has already acquired the film for its audiences in the U.S.

It is available as a one-off 90-minute special, with a 2 x 60-minute and a feature-length 112-minute versions also available.

TVF Int’l reveals winter slate

British indie factual distributor TVF International has bolstered its content slate with the acquisition of 25 unscripted programs from producers across the globe.

The London-based sales house has padded its content library with content that spans factual entertainment, science, world affairs and history programming.

In fact ent, TVF has licensed The Station: Trouble on the Tracks (3 x 50 minutes) from Films of Record for ITV1, and family-friendly series and format A Dog for Life (13 x 24 minutes) from Grays Matter Films. The latter project was deficit financed by TVF International with Netflix as the leading broadcaster.

The distributor has also acquired more than 20 hours of science and engineering content, including Jim Al-Khalilis Guide to How We Got Here (2 x 50 minutes) from Furnace Productions, which is currently being co-developed with TVF International and Magellan TV.

Also joining the firm’s library are Windfall Films’ special Building the Channel Tunnel (1 x 52 minutes); Mediacorp’s Disease Hunters (3 x 60 minutes); interstellar series Mystery of Space (12 x 60 minutes); and the innovative tech series TechTalk (12 x 30 minutes).

In the world affairs genre, TVF has picked up the four-part When Titans Clashed (4 x 60 minutes), on U.S.-China relations, from Channel NewsAsia; and the hour-long socio-economic investigative special Burnout: The Truth About Work from Protest Productions.

Finally, new acquisitions in the history genre include Windfall Films’ Lost Pyramids of the Aztecs (2 x 50 minutes); How Islam Built the Modern World (1 x 60 minutes); and Iceland: Cold War Frontier (2 x 50 minutes).

Belgiums VTM acquires rights to Marble Mania

Belgium’s commercial Flemish broadcaster VTM is to produce a localized adaptation of Talpa’s marble racing series Marble Mania. 

The format will be produced locally by Talpa Entertainment Productions, which will produce six episodes alongside Belgium-based indie Dok1 Media.

Each episode of the family-friendly format pits three celebrities against one another in a series of marble races. Rounds begin with a skills assessment, including bowling, mini golf or “a special version of penalty shooting.” All tasks are done with marbles, and the celebrities must prove their skills in order to win the most marbles to start the second game.

The middle round will see the celebrity whose marble crosses the finish line first earning the most points. The top celeb of the round will receive the most marbles to start in the finale, where the famous faces will compete to win money for a charity of their choice.

A premiere date has not been set for VTM Belgium. Talpa Concepts distributes the format.

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