Drive sells factual content in Asia
Production-funding and distribution agency Drive has sold more than 35 hours of factual content to broadcasters in Asia.
ViuTVsix in Hong Kong picked up six titles from Drive, including Auschwitz Untold: In Colour (2 x 60 minutes and 1 x 90 minutes; Fulwell73 for Channel 4 and History in the U.S.); The Spy who Stole the Atom Bomb (pictured; 1 x 60 minutes; Oxford Digital Media); and Building Star Trek (1 x 60 minutes/120 minutes; Yap Films for Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada).
The deal with ViuTVsix also includes two seasons of History of Britain (4 x 60 minutes/4 x 60 minutes; Blakeway for Channel 5); Volatile Earth (3 x 60 minutes; Blink Films for Nova and Channel 4); and Cash in the Spare Room (10 x 60 minutes; Friel Kean Films for Discovery UK).
Also in Hong Kong, a further four titles were sold to RTHK: 10 Mistakes that Sunk the Titanic (1 x 60 minutes/1 x 80 minutes; Blink Films for Channel 5); Reef Rescue (1 x 60 minutes; Merit Motions Pictures, Les Films a Cinq/CAPA PRESSE and ARTE France in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Vulcan Productions); Should we Bomb Auschwitz (1 x 60 minutes; Oxford Films for BBC2 and WNET); and The Good Nazi (1 x 60 minutes; from Associated Producers in Canada for Vision TV).
Reef Rescue and 10 Mistakes that Sunk the Titanic were additionally picked up by NHK Japan.
Discovery Japan, meanwhile, acquired Trains that Changed the World (4 x 60 minutes; October for Channel 5).
Finally, Hubu Media Group for CCTV China picked up two Drive titles: First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon (1 x 60 minutes; Ronachan Films for Channel 4); and Australia on Fire: Climate Emergency (1 x 60 minutes; Channel 4 from ITN Productions).
Netherlands Film Fund, South Africa introduce Thutuka fund
The Netherlands Film Fund is launching a co-fund with the Republic of South Africa to provide script support for film and documentary projects with South African and Dutch-related content.
The fund, Thutuka, aims to support projects that are potentially of high cinematographic quality and of interest to cinema audiences in both countries as well as to international cinema audiences and film festivals.
Four projects will be supported each year, including feature (animated) film and documentaries. The annual budget of the Fund amounts as a rule up to €160,000 (US$189,947). Each party will contribute €80,000 to the fund. The NVFV will match the equivalent of €80,000 in South African Rands because of possible currency fluctuations.
Applications open this fall.