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Extra: BBC Select preps Britney Spears doc; Woodcut Int’l, Harbour Rights deals

BBC Select slates The Battle for Britney BBC Select is set to premiere The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship next month. The documentary will see BAFTA-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar examine ...
April 30, 2021

BBC Select slates The Battle for Britney

BBC Select is set to premiere The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship next month.

The documentary will see BAFTA-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar examine the conservatorship that Spears (pictured) has been under for the last 13 years, featuring interviews with the pop star’s makeup artist Billy Brasfield, her former choreographer Brian Friedman, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, lawyer Lisa MacCarley and Catherine Falk, daughter of Columbo‘s Peter Falk, who was the subject of a conservatorship in his final years.

The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship premieres May 11 and is produced by Forest. Laura Kaye is producer with Jeremy Lee serving as EP.

The doc was commissioned by Patrick Holland, BBC2 controller, and Owen Courtney, commissioning editor for BBC Music.

The project follows the February airing of another Spears doc that delved into the conservatorship issue, Framing Britney Spears, produced by The New York Times and Left/Right and airing via FX, Hulu and Sky in the UK.

BBC Select launched in February 2021 in the U.S. and Canada. The streaming service is owned and run by BBC Studios.

Woodcut Int’l, Sky Germany sign package deal

UK-headquartered distributor Woodcut International has finalized a package deal with Sky Germany for a selection of true crime documentaries for the broadcaster’s Sky Crime channel.

Titles acquired in the deal include Surviving a Serial Killer (6 x 60 minutes); The Killer Within (10 x 60 minutes); The Beverley Allitt Tapes (3 x 60 minutes); and season two and three of How I Caught the Killer ( 20 x 60 minutes).

The deal was brokered by Anne Roder-Botbol who operates as Woodcut International’s Paris-based sales consultant and represents the French speaking territories, Germany, Iberia, Benelux and Italy.

Harbour Rights secures sales

Hong Kong-based TV distributor Harbour Rights secured a raft of sales with buyers in Asia.

The company licensed a package of Flavors (11 x 52 minutes) to TVB in Hong Kong, including the latest production of the travel series from 2020 to 2021.

Hong Kong pubcaster RTHK, meanwhile, picked up four biographies of movie stars, including Chaplin vs the FBI (1 x 51 minutes); Al Pacino, The Reluctant Star (1 x 52 minutes); Philip Seymour Hoffman (1 x 42 minutes), an episode from Too Young To Die.; and Leonardo DiCaprio: Most Wanted! (1 x 52 minutes).

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific acquired a 30-hour package for South East Asia and Japan, including World War 2 related titles; Asian wildlife and nature documentaries such as Saving Sumatra’s Big 4 (1 x 52 minutes); a second season of Russian military show Firing Range (20 x 20 minutes); and science series Space Tomorrow (6 x 52 minutes).

Harbour Rights is also partnering with Malaysia’s Dos Fellas for the international distribution of ongoing production On The Fly (6 x 26 minutes).

Photo courtesy BBC Select

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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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