VIS expands in Asia with Something Special
ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS), a division of ViacomCBS Networks International, is ramping up its output in the Asia region through a partnership with Seoul-based format production studio Something Special.
VIS will have exclusive first-look rights to globally represent and co-develop up to 10 unscripted and factual formats from Something Special, launched by South Korean veteran formats producer Jin Woo Hwang.
Formats cut across genres including music competition, food and cuisine, game shows and reality.
The deal will draw from Something Special’s stable of talent featuring South Korean unscripted format creatives, including the writers of hits such as Korea’s Got Talent, 1vs100 Korea, Society Game, The Code, I Can See Your Voice, The Voice Korea, Running Man and Crime Scene.
BAFTA unveils 2021 doc nominees
Nominees have been revealed for the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), to be held April 10 to 11.
In the documentary category, films in contention include Alexander Nanau’s Collective (pictured); David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet from Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes, Keith Scholey; The Dissident from Bryan Fogel and Thor Halvorssen; My Octopus Teacher fromPippa Ehrlich, James Reed, Craig Foster; and Jeff Orlowski and Larissa Rhodes’ The Social Dilemma.
Seventy-seven documentary feature films were submitted for consideration in the category. BAFTA releases its longlist earlier this month.
Abacus takes King Otto
Abacus Media Rights (AMR), a member of the Amcomri Media Group, has secured international sales rights to Cinéma Nolita’s documentary King Otto, ahead of the postponed Euro 2020 football championships in June 2021.
King Otto (1 x 81 minutes), reveals the story of the Greek National Football Team’s triumph at the 2004 European Championships.
The sports feature documentary is directed by Christopher André Marks, produced by Shani Hinton and executive produced by Ronald L. Chez.
Piece of Magic Entertainment will release the film theatrically in select territories. Umbrella Entertainment will release theatrically in Australia and New Zealand, and Tanweer in Greece and Cyprus.