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Extra: BritBox now on Roku; Passion signs multiple deals down under

BritBox UK to launch on Roku Roku and BritBox UK have announced that BritBox, the streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, is now available on Roku streaming devices and Roku ...
September 1, 2021

BritBox UK to launch on Roku

Roku and BritBox UK have announced that BritBox, the streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, is now available on Roku streaming devices and Roku TVs.

Existing BritBox users can now log in to the new channel on their Roku device, while Roku users who don’t have a BritBox account can now sign up through their remote via Roku Pay.

“We are thrilled to bring the best of British entertainment to Roku, which has been one of the most demanded platforms in customer feedback,” said Tom Price, BritBox UK’s commercial director, in a release. “Our mission is to make it easy to enjoy BritBox across any device, and we now cover all the major streaming devices and smart TV platforms.”

Added Yulia Poltorak, director, international content distribution for Roku: “We are thrilled to bring BritBox to Roku customers in the UK. It fits our philosophy to always offer the best and diverse entertainment selection to our users. BritBox, with its wide range of British TV series as well as new exciting originals, will add even more choice to our users in the UK.”

Passion sells crime, factual in Australia and New Zealand

Passion Distribution has licensed more than 120 hours of crime and factual programming in Australia and New Zealand, the UK company announced.

Australia’s Nine Network picked up a selection of crime and factual series including the Untold collection of true crime series from ITN Productions for Channel 5, exploring notorious recent cases. These include The Disappearance of Shannon Matthews (3 x 60 minutes), The Wests (3 x 60 minutes), The Murder of James Bulger (3 x 60 minutes) and The Railway Killers (a.k.a. The Railway Murders, 3 x 60 minutes). Also included in the deal are the crime series Murder in a Small Town (2 x 60 minutes), produced by Firecracker Films for Channel 5.

Factual titles included in the agreement are Surviving the Stone Age (3 x 60 minutes), produced by Renegade Pictures and Motion Content Group for Channel 4; Fare Dodgers (4 x 60 minutes), produced by Middle Child Productions for Channel 5; season two of Twice the Life for Half the Price (12 x 60 minutes), produced by Raise the Roof Productions and Motion Content Group for Channel 5; and the first two seasons of Escape to the Farm with Kate Humble (13 x 60 minutes), also produced by Raise the Roof and Motion Content Group for Channel 5.

Australia’s SBS has licensed the historical doc series Walking Hadrian’s Wall with Robson Green (3 x 60 minutes), produced by Firecracker Films for Channel 5, as well as Russia: 1,000 Years of History (120 minutes or 2 x 60 minutes), produced by Lambent Productions for Channel 5, and Scotland: 1,000 Years of History (120 minutes or 2 x 60 minutes), produced by Raise the Roof for Channel 5. Also included in the deal are Mums Make Porn (3 x 60 minutes), produced by Firecracker Films for Channel 4; season two of Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over (6 x 60 minutes), produced by Firecracker Films for W; Unreported World season 39 (4 x 30 minutes), produced by Quicksilver Media for Channel 4; and episode three of Big Ben: Saving the World’s Most Famous Clock (60 minutes), produced by ITN Productions for Channel 4.

In New Zealand, TVNZ has picked up the historical doc series Here Come the Gypsies (6 x 60 minutes), produced by Firecracker Films for Channel 5. Top TV has acquired Walking Hadrian’s Wall with Robson Green (3 x 60 minutes) and QE2: The World’s Most Luxurious Hotel (3 x 60 minutes), produced by Motion Content Group and Spun Gold for Channel 5, while Sky licensed seasons 8B and 9A of All New Traffic Cops (9 x 60′ minutes and 20 x 60 minutes), produced by Mentorn Media for Channel 5, while Bravo has acquired seasons one and two of Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over (12 x 60 minutes).

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! arriving in Finland

The popular reality series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is landing in Finland as the latest part of the format’s global expansion.

The jungle version of the hit format has been licensed by MTV in Finland and will be produced by ITV Studios Finland. The series is slated to air in spring 2022 on the linear channel MTV3, as well as on the AVOD channel MTV and SVOD CMore.

The news follows the format being commissioned by TNT in Russia, the return of the Romanian version after a seven-year break and confirmation that the the 21st series of the UK version will be produced at North Wales’ historic Gwrych Castle.

“Our aim here at MTV, as the leading commercial channel in Finland, is to launch locally the most popular and exciting formats globally. I’m a Celebrity… is undoubtedly one of the most successful formats in the world,” said Hanna Kortti, MTV’s head of domestic productions, in a release. “We have been interested in Celebrity for many years and now we have together with ITV found the best production model for the Finnish market. We believe together with ITV Studios Finland that we have in our hands a new long lasting reality giant on all our platforms, especially on AVOD.”

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