Vice, Hulu extend licensing deal
Vice Distribution, the global distribution arm of Vice Media Group, has renewed its licensing deal with Disney-owned U.S. streamer Hulu.
The deal extends the partnership that began in 2019 and will see most of Vice’s titles already available renewed along with an additional 50 hours of new programming headed for the streaming platform.
The selection of Vice content available on Hulu includes true crime, factual documentary, entertainment and lifestyle, coming from producers including Vice Studios, 44 Blue Productions, Railsplitter Pictures, Insight Productions, Citizen Skull and Rock Salt Releasing. The agreement encompasses new titles like Dark Side of Football, Dark Side of the 90s and the standalone documentary Vice Versa: Chyna (pictured), as well as the most recent seasons of Dark Side of the Ring and Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia.
“We are delighted to expand our partnership with Hulu, who share our passion for impactful, premium factual programming. We look forward to bringing our newest hit titles to Hulu while continuing to offer our popular library titles, as we see audience demand increase for Vice content around the world,” Beata Hegedus, Vice Media Group’s global head of distribution, said in a release.
Viasat World-Beyond Rights content deal
Global media company Viasat World has signed an agreement with global content distributor Beyond Rights for 72 hours of content including new and returning series, several of which will debut for the first time in the CEE, Nordics and Russia and CIS regions.
Included in the package are three series for Viasat Explore, bolstering its “Mates at Work” strand: the third seasons of Bangers & Cash and Massive Engineering Mistakes, as well as seasons two through four of Heavy Rescue: 401.
Meanwhile a new three-part series about World War II, Countdown to War, has been acquired by Viasat History, while Viasat Nature will get Aussie Snake Wranglers to go with other Australian-themed zoo programming on the channel.
Viasat World has also secured exclusive pay TV and catch-up rights on all titles, in addition to some SVOD exclusives and FTV holdback periods under the deal.
Passion Distribution picks up Wedding of the Century
London-based Passion Distribution has acquired the international distribution rights to the feature documentary The Wedding of the Century.
The BritBox Original comes from Touchdown Films and marks the 40th anniversary of the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The film features faithfully restored footage of the event as well as exclusive interviews with people who worked behind the scenes of the July 29, 1981 event that was watched by some 750 million people worldwide.
“It’s incredibly powerful to see the film restoration for the first time. Through interviews and archive, the documentary captures the scale and importance of the event. We are very excited to be working with Touchdown Films and to take this out into the international market,” said Sean Wheatley, head of acquisitions for Passion Distribution in a release.
TVF, Benelux broadcasters ink deals for several specials and series
UK-based factual distributor TVF International has licensed a number of titles across Benelux territories.
In the Netherlands, NTR picked up Sequoia Films’ award winning documentary, Indian Space Dreams (1 x 52 minutes), about the Indian Space Mission and its cultural significance.
AVRO/TROS acquired Hepworth (1 x 50 minutes), produced by Unity House Productions and commissioned by Sky Arts, about British sculptor Barbara Hepworth, for its biography series, Close-Up. The broadcaster’s SVOD platform NPO MAX acquired travel titles including the Channel 4 commission Hidden Villages (12 x 48 minutes), and Hidden Coastal Villages (3 x 48 minutes), both following Dame Penelope Keith as she explores rural areas and coastlines across Britain.
RTL Netherlands licensed Burning Bright’s 48-minute, Channel 4-commissioned special Me and My Penis, about a photographer’s attempts to help men to re-examine definitions of masculinity, as well as the music biography David Foster: Off the Record (90 minutes) produced by Melbar Entertainment Group, about the musician and producer’s life and work.
Talpa Network acquired Animo’s investigative specials Is Monogamy Dead? (52 minutes) and Dating a Sugar Daddy (60 minutes) hosted by Vogue Williams, about relationship issues affecting millennials.
In Belgium, VRT licensed Tern TV’s Inside the Zoo (16 x 60 minutes), a BBC-commissioned series about the Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. The broadcaster also picked up Great Barrier Reef: A Living Treasure (4 x 45 minutes), a series narrated by Russell Crowe and directed by Emmy award-winning cinematographer Richard Fitzpatrick. The series was also acquired by National Geographic for the Netherlands.
Also in Belgium, commercial broadcaster SBS Belgium secured the rights to another BBC commission from Tern TV, Inside the Children’s Hospital (16 x 30 minutes), narrated by David Tennant, about Aberdeen’s Children’s Hospital.
In French-speaking Europe, Belgian Francophone network RTBF acquired Arrow Media’s exposé The Boeing 737 Max: What Went Wrong (1 x 47 minutes), while RTL-TVI picked up the Channel NewsAsia-commissioned How to Raise a Super Baby for Tout S’Explique.
The deals were secured by TVF International’s Benelux and France executives, Katie Bench (Benelux, Italy, Iberia & Latin America) and Poppy McAlister (France, the Nordics, Africa).