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MIPTV ’21: Dogwoof sells Sundance titles; FilmRise, FirstLookTV prep true crime shows

Dogwoof sells Seeds of Deceit, Sabaya On the first day of Digital MIPTV, London-headquartered sales agent Dogwoof confirmed a string of sales for Seeds of Deceit and Sabaya, both of which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Seeds ...
April 12, 2021

Dogwoof sells Seeds of DeceitSabaya

On the first day of Digital MIPTV, London-headquartered sales agent Dogwoof confirmed a string of sales for Seeds of Deceit and Sabaya, both of which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Seeds of Deceit (pictured) sold to RTL (Germany), VRT (Belgium), VGTV (Norway), SVT (Sweden), DR (Denmark), Mediawan (France), Channel 8 (Israel), Yesdocu (Israel), Sky (New Zealand) and Movistar (Spain).

Sabaya, meanwhile, sold to Studio Hamburg (Germany), SND (France), Dalton (Benelux), FrontRow (MENA), Sky (New Zealand) and Vertigo (Hungary).

The Dutch three-part series Seeds of Deceit, directed by Miriam Guttman, is an investigation into how a respected fertility doctor, Dr. Karrbaat, clandestinely inseminated over 65 of his patients with his own semen.

The series was produced by Monique Busman and Michiel van Erp for De Familie Film & TV in co-production with Dutch broadcaster VPRO.

Winner of the Sundance Documentary Directing Award, Hogir Hirori’s Sabaya follows Mahmud, Ziyad and their group of fellow Yazidis who, armed with just a mobile phone and a gun, risk their lives trying to save Yazidi women and girls being held by ISIS as Sabaya (abducted sex slaves) in the most dangerous camp in the Middle East, Al-Hol in Syria.

The film, previously acquired by MTV Documentary Films, was produced by Antonio Russo Merenda and Hirori for Lolav Media and Ginestra Film; co-produced by Axel Arnö for SVT; with support from The Swedish Film Institute; The Nordisk Film & TV Fond; Film Stockholm/Filmbasen and in association with YLE and VGTV.

Sabaya is the second film by Hirori to be repped by Dogwoof. The agent also sold his IDFA-winning documentary The Deminer (2017).

FilmRise, FirstLookTV team for true crime docuseries

New York-based film and TV studio and streaming network FilmRise and international production outfit FirstLookTV have partnered to co-produce Meet, Marry, Murder Hosted by Michelle Trachtenberg, a true crime docuseries that explores dozens of tragic love stories that later led to murder.

The series reveals what motivated the killers, and what investigators uncovered.

Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl) serves as host and executive producer.

The series will be distributed outside of North America by Abacus Media Rights. In addition to Trachtenberg, Will Hanrahan, Gillian Carter, Danny Fisher and Max Einhorn serve as EPs.

FilmRise will distribute the series on TV, SVOD and AVOD exclusively in North America.

Limonero Films sells factual, doc titles

London- and Barcelona-based Limonero Films secured a number of sales ahead of this year’s virtual market.

Edible Wild: City Trails (8 x 30 minutes) was acquired by Discovery Asia, and Plattelands TV, which also licensed the wildlife titles Iberia, A Land of Passions (1 x 52 minutes) and
Untamed Relations (1 x 52 minutes).

Untamed Relations also sold to Disney for its Asia and Middle East feeds, and ARTE acquired Iberia, A Land of Passions.

In Germany, Spiegel licensed the series Edwardian Britain in Colour.

The factual and doc distributor will be launching a selection of titles at Digital MIPTV this week, including My Mohamed is Different (1 x 70 minutes; 1 x 52 minutes), an official selection of the 2021 Hot Docs International Film Festival.

Limonero Films will also be shopping Hidden Flavours of India – North East  (15 x 30 minutes), an episodic show that explores the kitchens of northeastern India through the journey of a food enthusiast, writer, traveler and documentary filmmaker Ruchi Shrivastava.

Finally, the distributor will launch Fashion Babylon (1 x 75 minutes; 1 x 52 minutes), a film about the Fashion Week industry, produced by Bellota Films in France, and directed by Gianluca Matarrese.

Alchimie, Switch Int’l ink content deal

Paris-based video platform Alchimie and Switch International — a TV and digital content producer and distributor located in Australia — have signed a deal for 6,500 hours of programming.

The deal will see Alchimie distribute Switch International’s entire catalog to its more than 70 SVOD channels.

Switch’s catalog includes a range of English-language programs including biographical and historical films and TV series, classic movies, science and technology documentaries, Western movies, retro tv series, general documentaries, short-form content and cartoon classics.

The slate joins Alchimie’s premium content library which currently stands at approximately 60,000 hours. The company’s network of SVOD channels are available on digital platforms, smart TVs and mobile networks across the UK, U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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