Rocket Rights to handle worldwide distribution for two Storyvault Films-produced BBC titles
Rocket Rights will handle worldwide distribution outside the UK for two BBC programs from Storyvault Films.
Sudden Death: My Sister’s Silent Killer is one of the titles. The hour-long film follows a teenager named Patrick after the sudden and unexplained death of his 19-year-old sister Lauren. The doc tackles the issue of sudden cardiac death and SADS, sudden adult death syndrome, which some experts still don’t fully understand. The film was critically acclaimed when it aired on the pubcaster earlier this year.
The other Storyvault title Rocket Rights will distribute is Write Around the World, a travelogue series starring Oscar-nominated actor Richard E. Grant (pictured). The actor travels to Spain, Italy and the south of France to explore these countries’ cultures through a literary lens. The 3 x 60-minute series will premiere on BBC4 later this year.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Storyvault Films on these titles,” said Andreas Lemos in a news release on behalf of Rocket Rights.
“Sudden Death is exactly the kind of important, impactful, deeply personal piece that resonates with broadcasters worldwide. And Write Around the World gives viewers a peek into some of the most iconic, sun-drenched locales in the world, steered by the riotously witty Richard E. Grant. We are sure both will do extremely well internationally and can’t wait to present the shows to our clients”
Indie Initiative secures Channel 5 commission
ViacomCBS-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 will air a new strand of Greatest Toys specials from its Indie Initiative this year.
The three specials will look back at decade-defining toys and games through the 1970s,’ 80s and ’90s. The specials from Big Deal films follows an initial commission last year of The Toys That Made Christmas Great, which attracted an audience of 1.2 million, Channel 5 reported.
The Indie Initiative, set up in conjunction with The TV Collective in 2019, supports diverse suppliers’ delivery of mainstream, primetime programs for Channel 5. The initiative has now given rise to 12 commissions, most notably the successful Adrian Dunbar’s Coastal Island and Sally Lindsay’s Posh Sleepover.
Channel 5 also announced it will air a second run of Sally Lindsay’s Posh Sleepover from the initiative and Chatterbox. The 6 x 60-minute second series follows Lindsay as she becomes a 48-hour guest in some of the world’s most luxurious homes, this time visiting some houses outside the UK, while getting to know her hosts and the stories behind the homes.
Channel 4 takes minority stake in Julien Leroux’s Paper Entertainment
Channel 4′s Indie Growth Fund has taken a minority stake in London-based Paper Entertainment.
Paper Entertainment was recently set up by Julien Leroux to develop, finance and produce TV content with international talent and producers. The company is already on board as a co-producer on the second season of Tehran on Apple TV+, which is currently in pre-production. Leroux struck the deal after he was an executive producer on the first season of the series.
Leroux will produce factual as well as scripted as part of the deal with Channel 4.
He was most recently senior vice-president of global scripted co-productions at Cineflix Media where he developed projects with producers including Clerkenwell Films, Broadway Video, Hera Pictures and Bryncoed Productions. Leroux also identified, acquired and launched dramas for Cineflix Rights such as the Icelandic political series The Minister, the Russian thriller An Ordinary Woman, Canadian procedural series Coroner, and Berlinale Series 2020 selection Happily Married, all of which were sold to multiple networks and streaming platforms globally.
“Julien has an infectious passion and drive and is committed to creating high end, quality content,” said Caroline Murphy, head of channel 4′s Indie Growth Fund in a news release.
“We’re really excited about the future of Paper Entertainment and we believe that Channel 4′s investment will help propel Paper Entertainment to become a real success story”