Rights Booster, Langley launch Cops channels with Little Dot
UK-based indie distributor Rights Booster has struck a deal with L.A.’s Langley Productions to publish the long-running observational doc series Cops to Facebook and YouTube in partnership with Little Dot Studios.
The deal between Rights Booster, prodco Langley Productions and Little Dot covers more than 500 hours of programming from the extensive Cops catalogue. The content will be published over a period of time on the Cops social media accounts as well as channels owned by Little Dot, with the rollout beginning later this year.
The franchise follows police officers and other law enforcement on patrol with embedded camera crews capturing their interactions. The show ran for 33 seasons on Fox, then Spike TV and Paramount Network. Cops was recently commissioned for a new series to air on Fox Nation.
“This is a new and exciting venture we have negotiated on behalf of our partners at Langley. We all believe that Little Dot are the premium operators in this space and we are looking forward to the new Cops channel launching shortly and working closely with our partners to build the audience for this hugely successful franchise,” said Rights Booster CEO Mark Benmore in a release.
Endeavor Content boards revamped Cash in the Attic
Endeavor Content has joined a revamped version of the long-running format Cash in the Attic (pictured), which is being reimagined for U.S. audiences and launches this week.
The U.S. version of the hit format comes from Leopard USA, part of Argonon, and commissioning broadcaster Discovery’s HGTV channel. Endeavor Content will handle sales in the rest of the world on both the finished tape and format rights for both the newly revamped series, as well the original version.
Cash in the Attic was originally produced by Leopard Films in the UK and ran in more than 160 countries, with each episode featuring personal stories and treasures hidden in people’s attics. The initial version of the show ran to nearly 600 episodes across 18 series on the BBC and around the world.
The new 6 x 30-minute series is hosted by former Entertainment Tonight host Courtney Tezeno. Cash in the Attic is produced by Leopard USA, and executive produced by Lindsay Schwartz and James Burstall, with Gabe Cunningham as showrunner.
“At Endeavor Content we are looking to bring best-in-category content to our buyers around the world. Cash in the Attic is a proven international hit format — one of only a small handful of titles that have run for over a decade, has standalone episodes which are affordable to produce, and really showcases local stories that can be adapted to each market,” said Prentiss Fraser, EVP television distribution at Endeavor Content, in a release.
“We have all spent the last few years thinking about what is truly important to us, clearing out closets and dreaming up plans for the future — so Cash in the Attic is more relevant than ever. The series is fun, heart-warming and full of some amazing stories that we are excited to bring to the market.”
DCD Rights racks up global sales
UK-based distributor DCD Rights has announced a raft of global sales of a number of factual series.
Outback Car Hunters, in which the hosts search for abandoned or forgotten classic cars, is produced by CJZ for Discovery and is delivering now. It’s been picked up by Nine Network Australia; international broadcaster Viasat World for Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and CIS; RMC Decouverte for French-speaking Europe and Africa; and Discovery for Benelux.
The sixth series of Aussie Gold Hunters sees seven teams of gold hunters fight the outback’s heat and treacherous conditions to cash in on Australia’s highest ever gold prices. It’s produced by Electric Pictures for Discovery, and has been acquired by Viasat World for Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and CIS; Discovery in Benelux; RMC Decouverte in French-speaking Europe and Africa; Quest in the U.S.; Nordic Entertainment Group in Sweden; and Seven.One Entertainment Group in German-speaking Europe.
Additionally, sales of the new second series of Aussie Bull Catchers have been secured with Viasat World for Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and CIS. Produced by Ronde Media for ABC Australia, the series follows brave men and women who make a living catching feral bulls and buffalo in Australia’s outback during the dry season.
The second series of the Emmy-nominated Disasters Engineered (Deadly Engineering in the U.S.) will air on AMC Networks International’s Spektrum in Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia; A+E Networks Africa; BBC Brit in Poland and National Geographic in a range of territories including UK and Ireland, Latin America, Scandinavia, the Middle East and parts of Asia, as well as several countries in Europe and Africa. The series is produced by SWR Media, Intermission Film and DCD Rights in association with Dash Pictures for Science Channel.
Meanwhile, Fast Justice has been acquired by BBC Studios for Poland and TVNZ. Produced by ITN Productions for Dave, the series follows a unit of British police officers equipped with supercharged cars and cutting-edge technology.
“Factual programming of all kinds continues to travel extremely well around the world, delivering substantial audiences for many platforms and broadcasters. These diverse series are all very different but each has a strong appeal to male viewers, which has made them particularly successful across multiple seasons,” said Nicky Davies Williams, CEO of DCD Rights, in a release.