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The MIPTV ’21 Shopper’s Guide: Woodcut Int’l, Monster Entertainment

An extensive array of non-fiction titles will be launched at this year’s Digital MIPTV online spring market, running April 12-16. Ahead of the excitement, Realscreen presents the third in a series ...
March 31, 2021

An extensive array of non-fiction titles will be launched at this year’s Digital MIPTV online spring market, running April 12-16. Ahead of the excitement, Realscreen presents the third in a series of roundups highlighting some of the titles being shopped.

WOODCUT INTERNATIONAL

The UK-based distribution arm of Woodcut Media will be presenting a slate of documentaries and factual entertainment at this year’s virtual conference.

With a lineup of true crime series produced by Woodcut Media and a catalog of more than 100 hours of programming, highlights include Surviving a Serial Killer (pictured; 6 x 60 minutes; More4 UK), which delves into the personal stories of people who survived face-to-face meetings with a murderer and lived to tell the tale.

The distributor will also showcase two series commissioned by Sky Crime UK: The Killer Within (10 x 60 minutes), a series that explores what makes a seemingly ordinary person take another person’s life, and The Beverley Allitt Tapes (3 x 60 minutes), which focuses on one of Britain’s most notorious female killers, Beverley Allitt.

Factual entertainment offerings from the Woodcut catalog include Animal Antics (13 x 30 minutes; MTG World for Viasat Nature). Woodcut International will additionally present buyers with Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen (2 x 60 minutes; Woodcut Media and The Development Partnership for History UK).

The two-part series will see Allen set off around the UK to explore the defining moments and turning points in the establishment and growth of football in the UK.

MONSTER ENTERTAINMENT

Following a deal with Beyond Entertainment and Beyond TNC — a joint venture between Beyond Entertainment and TNC Media — the Dublin-based distributor has doubled the size of its music TV catalog and will be bringing a number of programs to the market.

Blitzed (1x 90 minutes or 2 x 45 minutes; Sky Arts in the UK and Ireland) tells the story of the London club from which ’80s superstars including Boy George emerged; while music series Memory Lane (26 x 60 minutes) blends concert footage and documentary and features the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Alanis Morissette.

Also on Monster’s Digital MIPTV slate, the 79-minute documentary Waiting: The Van Duren Story follows two Australian directors as they try to track down Van Duren, the singer who vanished without a trace.

Golden (1 x 12 minutes) is a concert film that follows pop star Kylie on her 2018 UK arena tour; while Blood and Thunder: The Sound of the Alberts (2 x 58 minutes and a 59-minute BBC Version) follows the life of Ted Albert, the founder of Australia’s Albert Records.

Elsewhere, The Angels No Way, Get F*#ked, F*#k Off (1 x 52 minutes) is a fly-on-the-wall documentary that follows the 2008 reunion tour of Australian rock group The Angels; and Cigar Box Blues:The Makers of a Revolution (1 x 30 minutes) offers an examination into how these DIY instruments, rooted in American blues music, have revolutionized the lives of musicians around Britain.

Finally, Friday On My Mind (1 x 52 minutes) sees the members of the Australian group the Easybeats gather together for the first time to tell their story in their own words.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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