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Extra: Smithsonian debuts Israel vaccination doc; Rocket picks up Firecrest titles

Smithsonian to premiere Vaxxed Nation doc The Smithsonian Channel will debut Vaxxed Nation, a new documentary about Israel’s push to become the world leader in vaccinating its population against COVID-19. The film was ...
June 28, 2021

Smithsonian to premiere Vaxxed Nation doc

The Smithsonian Channel will debut Vaxxed Nation, a new documentary about Israel’s push to become the world leader in vaccinating its population against COVID-19.

The film was produced by Israeli prodco Ananey Studios as an original documentary for the Smithsonian Channel, and tells the story of how Israel oversaw one of the world’s first, fastest and most successful vaccination campaigns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, becoming a potential model for other nations. Vaxxed Nation boasts rare insider access in its year-long story, from the first wave of the pandemic through lockdowns and the aggressive vaccination effort that reopened the country. The documentary also examines the violence between Palestinians and Israeli forces that followed.

Vaxxed Nation premieres on the Smithsonian Channel in the U.S. and UK on July 11. Yael Lavie served as showrunner and co-executive producer for Smithsonian Channel with Alicia Green and Tim Evans serving as executive producers. Orly Atlas Katz and Osnat Saraga executive produced for Ananey Studios.

Finland’s Rabbit Films inks deal for Russia

Finnish indie producer and distributor Rabbit Films has reached a deal with Russian Extreme TV (REX) for the Russian pay TV rights for several Finnish factual and factual entertainment shows.

The deal includes Beyond Human Boundaries (pictured), The Dudesons, Most Endangered Species, The Ultimate Expedition and Globetrotters, and was brokered by Rabbit Films’ Marta Csizmadia and by MV Media in Russia.

The first of the shows will become available in Russia this fall on the TV channel “Russian Extreme,” which is dedicated to extreme sports, travel and active lifestyles.

“It’s a real testament to Rabbit Films’ creative strategy to produce innovative titles with longevity that continue to make an impact. We are delighted to have partnered with Russian Extreme TV to broadcast our content in Russia for the first time and MV Media to represent our finished programme catalogue in Russia/CIS,” said Rabbit Films’ head of international, Jonathan Tuovinen, in a release.

Rocket Rights tapped by Firecrest for two series

Glasgow-based Firecrest Films has appointed Rocket Rights to represent two of their series, Paramedics on Scene and Fish Town, which have just been picked up for new seasons at the BBC.

Paramedics on Scene will get a third 10 x 60-minute season that will shoot later this year to air on BBC Scotland and BBC One in 2023. The show follows the Scottish Ambulance Service assisting people in often inhospitable terrain. Rocket Rights picked up the distribution rights to all three seasons of the show, a total of 28 episodes.

Rocket also acquired the rights to two seasons of the BBC Scotland/BBC Two series Fish Town, about the UK’s largest fishing port, Peterhead, and the people who work there, sometimes in life-threatening conditions. The first two seasons of Fish Town ran in late 2020 and proved popular with viewers, beating the average in the slot.

“We are really chuffed to be working with Firecrest Films on two great new series. We’ve already received several offers, and hope to announce a raft of sales soon,” said Matthew Frank on behalf of Rocket Rights in a release.

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