FilmRise gets global rights to The Mediator with Ice-T
New York-based studio and streaming network FilmRise has picked up the distribution rights to Jetmir Media’s court series The Mediator with Ice-T.
Under the agreement, FilmRise will represent the show in all media globally, with Jetmir retaining U.S. broadcast syndication rights. Additionally, FilmRise and Jetmir are co-financing 20 new episodes of the show.
The Mediator is a conflict-resolution show starring Grammy-winner Ice-T (pictured), in which the rapper and actor hears both sides of a dispute, gets advice from third-party experts, and then gives direction on how to proceed, whether in a settlement or in court. The series was originally broadcast on Fox.
FilmRise will offer the series on several digital platforms, such as Tubi, Peacock, The Roku Channel and Pluto TV, as well as on its own FilmRise streaming channels. The deal was negotiated by Jonitha Keymoore, FilmRise’s senior director of global content acquisition, Octagon’s Puraj Puri and Jetmir Media’s Mark Vega.
Keshet International pre-sales on BBC’s Surviving 9/11
Keshet International has secured several pre-sales for Top Hat Productions’ Surviving 9/11 documentary for the BBC.
The feature-length, BBC-commissioned documentary marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and has now been licensed to The Seven Network in Australia, Globo in Brazil, CBC in Canada (both the English-language CBC network and its French network, Société Radio-Canada), TVNZ in New Zealand, DPG Media in Belgium, RTV in Slovenia, NRK in Norway, Sky Deutschland in Germany, KAN in Israel, AMC Networks International Southern Europe in Spain and Portugal (for the Odisea/Odisseia channel), and Rai Documentari in Italy. Library streaming rights in the U.S. and Canada were acquired by Hoopla Digital.
Keshet already announced sales of Surviving 9/11 to Canal+ Group in France, TV2 in Denmark, TV4 in Sweden, RTL in the Netherlands and Discovery in the U.S. Talks continue with other broadcasters elsewhere in the world.
Produced by Top Hat Productions, Surviving 9/11 was directed by Arthur Cary (The Last Survivors, War in the Blood) and produced by Chery Hockey, with Darren Kemp and BBC commissioning editor Hamish Fergusson executive producing.
Independent Spirit Awards move date
Film Independent, the non-profit organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, has confirmed that the upcoming 37th annual Spirit Awards will take place on March 6, several weeks earlier than usual.
The Spirit Awards have traditionally been held the Saturday afternoon before the Academy Awards, but the upcoming event will take place about three weeks in advance of the March 27 Oscars ceremony. The new 2022 date puts the Spirit Awards directly in the corridor leading up to Oscar voting, lending the event more influence on the Oscar race.
The 2021 Spirit Awards were held virtually earlier this year, and marked the first time that the event honored TV content alongside films. The 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards also recently won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Special.