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Extra: Litton Ent launches The Jack Hanna Channel; DCD Rights inks int’l sales

Litton Entertainment launches The Jack Hanna Channel Litton Entertainment (a division of Hearst Television) has launched The Jack Hanna Channel, a free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channel devoted to the adventures of ...
March 24, 2021

Litton Entertainment launches The Jack Hanna Channel

Litton Entertainment (a division of Hearst Television) has launched The Jack Hanna Channel, a free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channel devoted to the adventures of the popular zoologist.

Hanna (pictured) is no stranger to animal lovers. Since his time in the 1970s transforming Columbus, Ohio’s city zoo into a worldwide destination that in 2019 attracted more than two million visitors, Hanna has built a wildlife franchise encompassing the popular TV shows Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown and Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, which has been viewed in more than 60 countries. He has been nominated for 15 Emmy awards, and is the author of several books and the recipient of multiple honorary doctorates.

This marks the second FAST channel from Litton, following last November’s launch of Xplore, which streams genres such as travel, lifestyle, natural sciences and more.

The Jack Hanna Channel, is scheduled for launch today on VIZIO SmartCast in the United States and in April on Samsung TV Plus in both the US and Canada.

Litton Entertainment is also actively pursuing additional distribution partnerships both domestically and internationally for both Xplore and The Jack Hanna Channel.

DCD Rights secures slew of history and wildlife titles

UK-based distributor DCD Rights has inked international sales for a number of history and wildlife factual titles.

The agreements are for history series Living with Hitler (3 x 60 minutes), which looks at the reality of life under the Nazi regime. The series was acquired by UKTV for its factual channel, Yesterday, GEO Television and n-tv for German Speaking Europe, YLE Finland, Expressive Media Spain, Beijing Taihe Legend Films China, Radio Television Hong Kong, Czech TV and Channel Hot8 Israel.

Sales for Fatal Shot (4 x 60 minutes), in association with Mediawan Rights, Autentic and DCD Rights, a series which uses forensics and facts to explore assassins, went to Spektrum – Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Beijing Taihe Legend Films China and Radio Television Hong Kong.

While Winston Churchill’s War (4 x 60 minute) for A+E’s History and DCD Rights was picked up by British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, GEO Television for German Speaking Europe and Spektrum – Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

And finally, new sales for Wildest Places (12 x 60 minutes), which explores natural habitats and wildlife, include Central Cooperation China, VRT Belgium, P. & R. Permissions & Rights Ltd for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Emirates Cable TV E-Vision Middle East.

Australia’s Lune Media lands series order from SBS

Australian indie Lune Media has been commissioned to produce the three-part docuseries Could You Survive on the Breadline? for Australian broadcaster SBS.

The project is developed and financed by SBS with the support of Screen Australia and Screen NSW.

It is executive produced by David Galloway and Leonie Lowe whose numerous credits include Fight for Planet A, War on Waste, Bullied and Struggle Street. Series Producer is Ashley Davies.

In other news, Anastacia Gushina-Perri (ex-McEvoy Media and Seven Network) has been promoted to the role of Head of Production at Lune Media.

Harbour Rights inked deal with India’s DocuBay for 20+ titles

Hong Kong’s Harbour Rights has licensed a package of over 20 titles to DocuBay in India. The package covers various genres from current affairs, military, wildlife to history and lifestyle, including 2020 productions WHO… Is in Control? (1 x 52 minutes), an investigation into the World Health Organization; The Other Goering (1X52′), follows the story of Albert and his brother Hermann, one of the most notorious war criminals of WWII.

Thailand’s THAI PBS nabbed infotainment series  When We Play (5×45′), which explores children’s playgrounds across Asia. PTS Taiwan acquired culture and arts documentaries including Notre-Dame Renaissance (1×52′) and Arthur Miller, A Man of His Century (1×60′).

Harbour Rights also inked a deal for worldwide distribution of ongoing production On The Fly (6 x 26 minutes), by Malaysian production powerhouse Dosfellas, which follows “wild man” Paul Arden through Malaysia’s untamed wild as he fishes for elusive exotic catch.

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