Rocket Rights acquires crime projects from Monster Film
UK distributor Rocket Rights has been tapped to handle the worldwide distribution rights for a pair of new crime series, Dark Land and Coastal Killers (pictured), from Monster Films.
Rocket Rights, launched earlier this year by David and Matthew Frank, will represent both series internationally for TV sales, alongside sister company Rights Booster, headed up by Mark Benmore, which will focus on VOD opportunities.
Dark Land is a 4 x 60-minute BBC Two series that explores some of Britain’s most disturbing unsolved cases, and spun out of a successful 2019 BBC Two special, Dark Son, about London’s “Jack the Stripper” murders in the 1960s. The series shifts to the “dark land” of Wales to explore unsolved murders there.
Rocket Rights will also take on two seasons of Coastal Killers (20 x 60 minutes), examining the dark side of Britain’s quaint seaside towns, which have been home to some of the country’s most shocking murders. The series was produced for CBS Reality and re-versioned for international distribution.
“True crime is a perennially sought after genre internationally, and Monster Films are masters at creating engrossing tales of the chilling and unexpected,” said Rocket Rights’ Andreas Lemos in a release.
Federation announces “MH370″ series at Sunny Side of the Doc
French indie Federation Entertainment has announced MH370, a documentary series exploring the tragic 2014 disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight.
Produced with So In Love, the media production unit of So Press, MH370 is a 5 x 45-minute docuseries examining the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which still has no official explanation seven years later.
MH370 was co-developed with France Télévisions, and was announced by Catherine Alvaresse, France Télévisions’ head of documentaries, at Sunny Side of the Doc. Federation Entertainment will handle worldwide sales.
“Based on this extensive investigation by So Press, we are developing a truly unique docuseries about the tragic disappearance of flight MH370, and we are delighted to be collaborating with So In Love and Federation Entertainment on this special production,” said Alvaresse at the press conference announcing the series.
Lineup Industries asks “Where Does the Money Go”
Amsterdam-based indie distributor Lineup Industries has acquired the global distribution rights to Skyhigh TV’s popular factual format Where Does the Money Go, and has made its first sale, to Germany broadcaster Kabel 1.
The format, launched in fall of 2020 by the Netherlands’ NPO1, follow four families from different economic situations from wealthy to those living month-to-month, giving viewers a look at how they each spend their money as they attempt to meet their financial goals.
“Where Does the Money Go offers both a uniquely personal insight into how people manage their money, and compelling viewing as the spending habits of those who have cash to spare are highlighted against those who need to budget more carefully,” Ed Louwerse, co-founder of Lineup Industries said in a release.
“The issue of money has been largely unexplored in factual television but remains an intriguing topic for global audiences who will be able to gain a sneak peek into the financial lives of other people.”