Extra: Talpa and Satisfaction form JV; Ji.hlava fest moves to hybrid model

Talpa, Satisfaction Group team in French market John de Mol’s Talpa Network, which recently merged with RTL Nederland, has entered into a joint venture with Arthur Essebag’s Satisfaction Group for the ...
June 29, 2021

Talpa, Satisfaction Group team in French market

John de Mol’s Talpa Network, which recently merged with RTL Nederland, has entered into a joint venture with Arthur Essebag’s Satisfaction Group for the French market.

The agreement will see Satisfaction get exclusive rights to produce and sell all Talpa formats in the market, including Marble Mania, which recently debuted on France’s TF1, as well as Avastars, Hunting Season, A Quiz for You and more.

“Talpa is constantly developing up-to-date and innovative formats in many different genres attracting vast audiences. Together we expect to bring these formats successfully to the French market. I have a lot of admiration for John’s appetite for developing formats and I’m incredibly excited to collaborate with him again on this new partnership,” Essebag said in a news release.

Added de Mol: “It has always been a pleasure to work with a professional like Arthur, he is the best partner in France to join. I am confident that the expertise they have in the French market will help us grow internationally. I’m delighted to be joining up with his team.”

Ji.hlava fest to proceed as hybrid event

The 25th edition of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival will take place as a hybrid event, organizers say, bringing the festival back to Jihlava’s screens as the world continues to emerge from the pandemic.

The event runs from October 26 to 31 in Jihlava, Czech Republic, with this year’s main competition made up of 18 feature films seeing their world, international or European premieres. In addition to the award for best film, new categories will be introduced at this year’s event, including prizes for best cinematography, editing and sound design, as well as honoring formats like best film essay.

“We want to draw on the experience of the last two years,” festival director Marek Hovorka said of the hybrid format in a release. “In 2019, Ji.hlava had a very festive and summer-like atmosphere, while last year we took the online opportunity to attract thousands of new viewers and bring documentary cinema to their attention. This year we would like to combine these two aspects.”

Slew of streaming sales for Autentic 

Germany’s Autentic Distribution announced several sales and partnerships focused on digital and streaming sales.

Berlin-based content producer Quintus Studios acquired a package of titles for its Free Documentary and Free Documentary – Nature VOD channels including Hot Roads: The World’s Dangerous Roads (10 x 45), nature titles like Masai Mara: The Big Hunt (1 x 52), Magical Moors (1 x 90, 2 x 45 ) and The Secret of the Apes: Narrowing the Gap (1 x 52) as well as science titles like Logistics of the Future (1 x 30).

Autentic is also partnering with Little Dot Studios Deutschland to build up their “Real Stories Deutschland” YouTube channel with 100 hours of mid- and long-form premium content, including The Best of German Newsreels (250 x 11) and Children of Dictators (4 x 52). The initial package will be extended by an additional 25 hours including the 45-minute specials Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition and Little Train, as well as the 2 x 52-minute 88 Hours: Fukushima Meltdown.

Little Dot Studios UK has also acquired several factual productions for their online VOD channels. “Retold” has picked up Viking Women (2 x 52) and The Vikings (5 x 45), while “Timeline” will be streaming The Egtved Girl (1 x 52) and Children of Dictators.

ARD+, the SVOD service of German pubcaster ARD, has picked up rights for the one-off specials Cyborg: Human Machines, Stalin’s James Bond, Children of Dictators, Reinventing New York and six other titles. Also bound for Germany are Vistas of Longing: Painters and their Landscapes (5 x 45) and Painting the Sea (2 x 52) on the streaming platform Sooner as well as the hour-long Erich Kästner: The Other Face on Netflix Germany.

Flame Distribution acquires new titles

Australian-based Flame Distribution has landed the worldwide distribution rights to several historical documentary specials and a feature documentary on artificial intelligence.

The specials being presented to international buyers are Secrets of the Celtic Grave, a 46-minute special produced by Wildflame Productions for Smithsonian Channel and S4C, about the excavation of a Celtic warrior’s grave in Wales; The Man Who Destroyed Oscar Wilde, produced by Hole in the Wall Gang for BBC Northern Ireland, a 60-minute special looking at the iconic playwright’s downfall; and Our African Roots, a 60-minute doc examining Australia’s complex multicultural history, produced by Chemical Media for SBS.

Flame is also offering the documentary film Machine (pictured) for worldwide TV distribution. The 85-minute feature produced by The Finch Company explores artificial intelligence and issues like driverless cars, autonomous warfare, AI companions and the potential for a “robot apocalypse.”

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