Quintus Studios secures slate of acquisitions for European distribution
Quintus Studios, based in Berlin, has acquired several factual titles from European distributors to strengthen its on-demand documentary channels.
The studio has picked up Secrets of the Royal Babies (1 x 60 minutes), produced by Spun Gold for ITV, to air on Quintus’ Free Documentary History channel. Engineering Giants (3 x 60 minutes) and Rome: Empire Without Limit with Mary Beard, produced by Lion Television, will air on its Free Documentary channel. All three titles were purchased in a volume deal with All3Media International.
Quintus also acquired Border Force (10 x 60 minutes), produced by Steadfast Television, and Dangerous Flights (8 x 60 minutes) produced by Pixcom Productions, both from distributor Cineflix Rights.
The company additionally acquired Hot Roads – The World’s Most Dangerous Roads (5 x 45 minutes) and two hour-long wildlife documentaries in King of the Mountains – Golden Eagle and King of the Seas – Sea Eagle, all through German distributor Autentic Distribution.
Big Cats of the Serengeti (pictured) is another wildlife documentary acquired by Quintus. That doc along with Billion Dollar Base: Dismantling Camp Bastion were acquired from Scorpion TV. And Women on Death Row along with Oakland’s Juvenile Squad were acquired from French producer Prime Entertainment Group.
Drive picks up UK documentaries for international distribution
Production-funding and distribution agency Drive has secured several acquisitions of unscripted content.
Drive picked up two BBC documentaries for international distribution, both from Summer Films. The first is Revenge Porn, which follows Zara McDermott, a reality star from Love Island 2018, who seeks to understand the impact of revenge porn on its victims. McDermott also appears in the other BBC documentary acquired by Drive, Sexism in Schools, where she explores the anger and emotion around reported rape culture in schools and colleges.
Predator: Hunting the Black Cab Rapist is another documentary acquired by Drive, this one for Channel 5 from October Films. The documentary tells the story of Britain’s most prolific serial rapist who was to be released on parole until several victims spoke up.
Drive also acquired global distribution rights to two primetime Channel 5 docuseries from Artlab Films. The first is Submarine: Life Under the Sea, which follows the crew of the HMS Trenchant over 120 days. The other is the third series of Warship: Life at Sea, chronicling daily life on the HMS Northumberland, one of the most advanced warships in the Royal Navy.
Rocket Rights to represent “Britain’s Most Expensive Houses” globally
Northern Irish producer Waddell Media has appointed Rocket Rights to represent the new Channel 4 series Britain’s Most Expensive Houses internationally.
The 5 x 60-minute series brings viewers into some of the UK’s most lavish and expensive homes, and follows vendors and prospective buyers viewing the properties.
“There has long been a fascination with looking inside people homes – especially expensive ones – and this series is full of them,” said Matthew Frank, Rocket Rights CEO.
The series airs on Channel 4 this fall.
Murderous History heads to Canal+, Viasat World
UK-based Warehouse 51 Productions and Smithsonian Channel’s true crime series Murderous History is set to air on Canal+ in France and Viasat World in CEE, Russia, CIS, Baltics and the Nordics.
The 6 x 60 minute investigative series looks at history through the lens of crime, examining the social history of a place, the era and the people who lived there.
Murderous History is distributed internationally by Warehouse 51′s sister company, West One International.
Warehouse 51 managing director Carl Hall said in a statement: “Along with our other coproduction partners, Canal+ and Viasat, Smithsonian Channel have been extremely supportive in creating this new genre which bridges the gap between true crime and history, viewing it through a contemporary lens — which appeals to a wide-ranging audience. We believe this is a compelling proposition for broadcasters and we look forward to the continuing success of the series as we expand the Murderous History franchise around the globe.”