Sky acquires LGBTQ doc Cured from Drive
Sky has picked up the award-winning LGBTQ documentary Cured (pictured) from UK production and distribution agency Drive for its Sky Documentaries unit.
The film examines the crusade by American LGBTQ activists in the early 1970s to have homosexuality removed from the American Psychiatric Association’s manual of mental illnesses. The campaign was ultimately successful.
Cured will be broadcast on Sky Sunday, June 13 and will also be available on its streaming service. The film was co-produced by Story Center Films, Singer & Deschamps Productions and the Independent Television Service, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the U.S.
Drive’s global sales of Cured also include Yes TV in Israel, ORF in Austria, and Sky Italy. The film will have its U.S. broadcast debut on the PBS documentary showcase ‘Independent Lens’ October 11, National Coming Out Day.
“It’s not every day you see a film that shocks and inspires in equal measure the way Cured does,” said Drive co-managing director Ben Barrett in a release. “We’re really pleased to see a number of international channels picking up this important and timely film and look forward to increasing its global distribution in the coming months and years.”
Prime inks deal with Sweden’s SVT for ‘Stories’
French producer and distributor Prime Entertainment signed a deal with Swedish national public broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) for new episodes of Prime’s cinema-focused entertainment series Stories.
Stories is a short format series highlighting Hollywood’s top talents. The series has already been picked up around the world by networks like AMC International and Cinemundo.
Said Prime’s head of sales, Alexandra Marguerite, in a release: “Stories has been such a success since its creation. The original format of this short series appeals to more and more partners on a global scale. We are very proud that the high production value and variety of our programs allow us to maintain strong partnership not only with Cinema and Entertainment channels, but also with leading Public broadcasters like SVT.”
Rakuten unveils new doc series Champions
European VOD platform Rakuten TV has unveiled the stars of its new sports documentary series Champions, focusing on six of Europe’s top female soccer stars.
The six-episode series will track the highs and lows of the sport as experienced by athletes Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Wendie Renard (Olympique de Lyon), Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Julia Simic (Milán) and Stina Blackstenius (Montpellier HSC).
Champions was produced by El Cañonazo Transmedia in association with Rakuten TV. The series is directed by Elena Carrascal, with Sylvia Cabanas as production manager. The show will premiere for free on Rakuten TV this summer.