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Extra: TVF seals European deals; Binj makes board appointments

TVF International inks factual deals in Europe Specialist factual distributor TVF International has locked up several sales deals in Central and Eastern Europe. LRT, ERR, Ceska Televize and TVN are among the ...
September 7, 2021

TVF International inks factual deals in Europe

Specialist factual distributor TVF International has locked up several sales deals in Central and Eastern Europe.

LRT, ERR, Ceska Televize and TVN are among the broadcasters that have acquired acquired the standalone 45-minute documentary 9/11: Escape from the Impact Zone, produced by Testimony Films for Channel 5.

Poland pay TV operator Canal+ Polska locked up a 4K package and history titles including Underwater Universe of the Orda Cave (49 minutes ) produced by NHK, A Slow Odyssey: The Great Wall of China (90 minutes) from Heart & Soul Films and Asia’s Ancient Civilisations (4 x 48 minutes) from Mediacorp. Additionally, another of Mediacorp’s productions, U.S. & China: When Titans Clash (pictured; 4 x 48 minutes) was acquired by National Geographic Channel for Poland, Hungary and Romania.

Meanwhile, BBC Studios picked up the Channel 4-commissioned Jimmy’s Big Bee Rescue (2 x 45 minutes) from Red Sky Productions for their BBC Earth channel in Poland while Polsat took a package including Mediacorp’s Deciphering Japan (4 x 48 minutes) and Japan from Above (2 x 52 minutes) from Tokyovision.

In Central Europe, Telia Eesti acquired more than 60 hours of wildlife programming including Jimmy’s Big Bee Rescue (2 x 45 minutes), Spring at Jimmy’s Farm (4 x 45 minutes) and Autumn at Jimmy’s Farm (4 x 45 minutes), all produced by Red Sky Productions for Channel 4. The package also includes wildlife series Animal Instincts (8 x 60 minutes), produced by NHK Enterprises for NHK.

Serbian pubcaster JMU Srbije licensed a package of 60 hours of content for RTS Science Channel, including RTE’s environmental series Eco-Eye: Sustainable Solutions (30 x 25 minutes), as well as the Channel News Asia commissions Coming Clean About Green (3 x 46 minutes), Chasing Scarcity (2 x 48 minutes) and The Longest Day (4 x 48 minutes). The broadcaster also acquired arts one-off Can Art Stop a Bullet (60 minutes) from Australia’s F-reel Productions.

DOX TV licensed several documentary series and standalones including TV Burabha’s The Snake Master (26 x 45 minutes), the true-crime special The Big Boss: A 21st Century Criminal (2 x 47 minutes) from Channel NewsAsia, and the investigative special The Boeing 737 Max: What Went Wrong? (47 minutes) produced by Arrow Media for Channel 4.

All deals were negotiated by Serafina Pang, TVF International’s senior sales executive for Central Eastern Europe.

“Our activity in Central Eastern Europe has remained strong and steady throughout the year,” said Pang in a release. “Despite challenging circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delighted that TVF International’s programming continues to connect in the region, on multiple channels and viewers across CEE and beyond.”

Binj makes advisory board appointments

California-based entertainment-focused tech startup Binj has announced the appointment of five new members of its advisory board.

Binj is a community-based curation tool and resource that allows users to watch content with friends, family and tastemakers. It’s currently invitation-only and is exclusively available to iOS users.

Industry veteran and former Disney executive Ricky Strauss will serve as Binj’s chairman of the board. Joining him on the board will be Heather Moosnick of NOWwith and Hulu, Charlie Andrews of Fox and former NBCUniversal exec Jon Cotton.

Strauss was formerly president of content and marketing for Disney+ and before that was president of marketing for Walt Disney Studios, where he oversaw global marketing. He was also previously the president of Participant Media.

The mandate of Binj’s advisory board is to provide input on the company’s expansion, partnerships and new business development as Binj’s soft launch and initiation of seed round investment approaches later this month.

“We are incredibly excited to have such a dynamic and accomplished group join Binj. Our mission is to be the world’s first social community and resource dedicated to TV and streaming video content and their perspectives and involvement will be a vital part of this mission,” said Binj founder and CEO Reza Hashemi in a release.

Added Strauss of his appointment: “The idea behind Binj is such a singular unmet need in the marketplace and I believe that people will enjoy the opportunity to learn what their peers and trusted community are recommending as far as content consumption choices. I’m not only very encouraged by how it can fill a gap in the market, but also by the team behind the venture, who are both impressive and focused.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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