AMR takes EQ, Bannaby doc, secures int’l deals
Abacus Media Rights (AMR), a member of the Amcomri Media Group, has acquired distribution rights to Ivan Milat: Buried Secrets from EQ Media Group and Bannaby Productions in Australia.
The 4 x 60-minute series (pictured; with a 2 x 90-minute version available) recently aired on Australia’s Channel 7.
It has been acquired by A+E Networks UK for Crime+Investigation for the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, Greece, Benelux, Middle East and Africa and RTL Crime in Germany, with a number of further deals underway.
The docuseries is executive produced by Brendan Dahill (Rhys Darby Big in Japan, This Could Go Anywhere), David Alrich (Body Hack, Outback Lockdown) and Hamish Thomson (60 Minutes, Sunday Night).
AMR also secured sales for other EQ titles including Hitler’s Secret Sex Life (4 x 60 minutes) to NTV – Germany, National Geographic – Japan, A&E – UK, Benelux, CEE, Sweden and The History Channel Iberia, as well as How the Nazis Lost the War (6 x 60 minutes) which has been picked up by National Geographic – Benelux, National Geographic – Japan, A&E – UK, CEE, Sweden and The History Channel Iberia.
Eleven Sports acquires Team Whistle
London-headquartered Eleven Sports has acquired New York-based global sports media and entertainment company Team Whistle in a move that expands Eleven’s operations to North America.
The acquisition will bring together Eleven Sports’ commercial partners, some 20 million users and 30,000 hours of live sports with Team Whistle’s slate of original programming and 1,655 distribution channels.
The Eleven Group will house a network of OTT and social platforms; proprietary streaming technology; production capabilities; and marketing and brand partnership services.
Pro forma revenues for the combined Group will be in excess of US$300 million for the financial year ending June 30th, 2021. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.
The companies’ will focus on continuing to grow the group’s offering in the months ahead — securing more live sports content and developing on-demand sports and entertainment programming.
Eleven parent company Aser Ventures invested in Whistle in June 2018. Founder Andrea Radrizzani also joined the Whistle board.
BBC NI pilots Stellify Media format
BBC Northern Ireland is set to pilot the format Barbershop for Bald Men from Northern Ireland indie Stellify Media (Beauty Queen & Single, Blind Date)
The series will see men who have experienced hair loss share their stories and undergo a transformation with stylist Jerris Weir and the latest Hair Replacement Systems
The 30-minute pilot was commissioned by Eddie Doyle, head of commissioning at BBC NI and will air later this month. It was produced by Tom Pegg, directed by Joe Campo, and exec produced by Tracie O’Neill for Stellify Media.
Media Ranch renews deal with DR
Quebec-based Media Ranch has renewed its partnership with DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) to represent its entire unscripted formats catalog in a multi-year global exclusive deal.
Media Ranch has sold several of DR’s format options since the companies’ first entered a partnership two years ago.
The company additionally optioned two DR formats in the U.S. to North Carolina-based Figure 8 Films — reality series Mom He’s a Dane and VR format Too Shy to Date – as well as added two new DR formats to its spring collection: music entertainment program Here’s Your Hit and game show What’s Your Problem?