ZDF Enterprises, Off the Fence ink deal with UKTV
ZDF Enterprises and its wholly owned subsidiary, Off the Fence, have closed a major volume deal with UKTV that will see the broadcaster acquire 40 hours of premium factual content for two of its specialist factual channels, Eden and Yesterday.
ZDF Enterprises’ World War II history documentary Frontlines (8 x 50 minutes), produced by Impossible Factual Ltd, will air on Yesterday, and Off the Fence’s own production, the nature series Wild Edens (3 x 60 minutes), is slated for Eden.
As well as the sale of Frontlines, ZDF Enterprises has secured pre-investment from UKTV for two natural history series, both for Eden: Africa from Above (10 x 50 minutes; Off the Fence) and Rescued Chimpanzees of the Congo with Jane Goodall (5 x 50 minutes; Off the Fence for CuriosityStream in association with ZDF Enterprises).
Also licensed to UKTV for Eden is Equator – The Line of Life (3 x 50 minutes), produced by Primitive Entertainment and Spiegel TV in association with ZDF, ARTE, NHK, Discovery Canada and ZDF Enterprises.
Off the Fence, meanwhile, sold five nature series to UKTV as part of the deal, including Wild Edens; Costa Rica: The Rise of Nature (3 x 60 minutes; BambooDoc); Beasts In The City (1 x 60 minutes; Terra Mater Factual Studios); Animal Social Networks (5 x 60 minutes; Rotating Planet Productions); and Seasons in the Wild (2 x 60 minutes; Terra Mater Factual Studios).
Abacus Media Rights acquires Hollywood Bulldogs
Abacus Media Rights (AMR), a member of the Amcomri Media Group, has acquired the international sales rights to the forthcoming documentary feature Hollywood Bulldogs: The Rise and Falls of the Great British Stuntman.
The 100-minute film (pictured), narrated by award-winning actor Ray Winstone, tells the story of the small community of British stunt performers who came to dominate Hollywood in the 1970s and ’80s.
Hollywood Bulldogs is a Canal Cat Films Production in association with Red Rock Entertainment and Verax Films. It is directed by Jon Spira (Anyone Can Play Guitar, Elstree 1976), produced by Hank Starrs (Elstree 1976, Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story) and executive produced by Adam F. Goldberg, Liam Dunne, Robert Hornak, Gary Collins, Michael Cowan and Arvind Desai.
Domino Effect to roll out in France
Competition format Domino Effect is set to be adapted for the French market, with Endemol Shine France producing for M6.
The commission follows the recent pickup of the EndemolShine North America format in Holland, where it will be produced by EndemolShine Netherlands for RTL4.
Domino Effect sees pairs of domino builders compete to create extraordinary structures. To avoid elimination, they must continue to surpass themselves week on week and impress the expert judges.
The show is based on the original format from Endemol Shine North America in collaboration with YouTube domino sensation, Lily Hevesh.
Insight TV channels head to India
Millennial-focused channel and content producer Insight TV has launched four of its channels on Samsung TV Plus in India.
Lifestyle channel Insight TV, action sports-focused channel inTrouble, science/technology channel inWonder and the new nature and wildlife channel InWild will be available to Samsung TV owners with 2017-onwards Smart TVs in a distribution deal that reaches approximately three million households across India.
Flagship channel Insight TV will also launch on Samsung Mobile in April 2021.
The new distribution agreement follows Insight TV’s recent launches of all four channels on Samsung TV Plus in Mexico, Brazil, the U.S., the UK, Germany and Australia.