Extra: BBC Select launches; Cargo Film & Releasing, Bigscreen team for virtual screening

BBC Select launches in U.S., Canada BBC Studios, the production arm of the BBC, has launched its new ad-free subscription channel in the U.S. and Canada. BBC Select is available initially on ...
February 19, 2021

BBC Select launches in U.S., Canada

BBC Studios, the production arm of the BBC, has launched its new ad-free subscription channel in the U.S. and Canada.

BBC Select is available initially on Amazon Prime Video Channels and the Apple TV app.

Programs to be available on the platform include The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty (3 x 50 minutes); 60-minute documentary 54 Days: America and the Pandemic, premiering March 11; 60-minute film TV’s Black Renaissance: Reggie Yates in Hollywood (pictured); The Trump Show (4 x 60 minutes), available March 22; Feasts (3 x 60 minutes); Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby (6 x 50 minutes); Extraordinary Places to Eat (4 x 60 minutes); the 60-minute 100 Vaginas; and 50-minute Million Dollar Wedding Planner.

In addition to the program lineup of documentary series and specials, BBC Select will feature The Drop, a weekly collection of shows around a given theme, including a short film.

The first film features Alicia Garza speaking on the theme of “power.” Individuals to be featured in the coming weeks include Roxane Gay, Lionel Shriver, Malcolm Gladwell, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Ai Weiwei, Elif Shafak, Padma Lakshmi, Chuck D and Jamelle Bouie.

The monthly subscription is $4.99 in the U.S. and $6.99 in Canada.

Cargo Film & Releasing, Bigscreen team for Insert Coin screening

VR streaming platform Bigscreen is bringing a doc project to its service for the first time, in partnership with documentary sales house Cargo Film & Releasing.

The virtual screening of Insert Coin will be held Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and will feature a Q&A with director Josh Tsui and Ready Player One author Ernest Cline, who stars in the film.

Insert Coin goes behind the scenes at Midway Games, the video game studio behind Mortal Komat and NBA Jam.

In the film, legendary game designer Eugene Jarvis and the studio’s small, tight-knit group of friends reveal the roller coaster ride of handling success.

The film will be available in 12 countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

TVF Int’l sells to Spanish-language broadcasters

Indie factual distributor TVF International has secured a raft of sales to Spanish-language broadcasters globally.

RTVE has licensed award-winning travel series No Luggage: Middle East and Africa (27 x 26 minutes); while Sky ARTE has commissioned Hidden Italy (16 x 26 minutes).

The public broadcaster also picked up investigative doc Nicotine Kids (1 x 48 minutes) for its La Noche Temática slot.

Meanwhile, AMC Networks International Southern Europe’s (AMCNISE) channel Odisea/Odisseia has licensed an array of documentaries including Russell Crowe-narrated underwater series Great Barrier Reef: A Living Treasure (4 x 45 minutes); Beach House Productions’ Wild City: River World (1 x 60 minutes); and two aviation series, Pan Am: Across the Pacific (3 x 60 minutes) and The Military Tech Show (12 x 23 minutes) produced by Forces TV.

AMCNISE’s SundanceTV channel picked up the Channel 4 commission, Me and My Penis (1 x 47) from Burning Bright productions.

Also, The History Channel Iberia licensed Secrets in the Bones: Hunt for the Black Death Killer (1 x 52 minutes) from Infield Fly Productions, alongside Testimony Films’ anniversary doc, 9/11: Escape from the Impact Zone (1 x 45 minutes).

Elsewhere in the region, Catalan public broadcaster TV3 picked up historical science BBC commission, Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal (2 x 60 minutes); culinary show John Torode’s Asia (10 x 23 minutes), produced by Blink Films; and blue-chip wildlife series China Wild (5 x 50 minutes).

TV Canarias in the Canary Islands picked up the one-off special What’s Really in Our Food? (1 x 52 minutes); while The Walt Disney Company’s Canal Viajar acquired a 50-hour package of travel titles, including No Luggage: Latin America (24 x 25 minutes); A Billion Chinese Dreams (4 x 48 minutes);  On Safari (8 x 30 minutes); ITV’s Britain’s Great Outdoors (14 x 30 minutes); and three new aerial specials showcasing Georgia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates from above (3 x 60 minutes).

Finally, in Latin America, A+E Networks acquired ancient history series Empires of Silver (3 x 60 minutes) and Asia’s Ancient Civilisations (4 x 48 minutes), produced by Mediacorp.

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