Australian factual prodco WildBear Entertainment has announced the launch of its new distribution unit, WildBear International.
The new division will be led by WildBear Entertainment CEO Michael Tear (pictured) from Canberra, with a startup sales team based in Europe made up of Edwina Thring and Margaret Yoshida of Wild Thring Media, WildBear’s long-term co-production and pre-sales finance partner.
“Financing production is an increasingly complex and timely business, often with many moving parts. By establishing WildBear International we are providing another route for both funding and finding international viewers for our content and see this development in a similar light to adding a new distribution partner to our roster,” Tear said in a release. “This is an exciting time for WildBear as it continues to grow its output, reputation, and international footprint, but our focus will always remain on having the best possible distribution partner for each title we produce.”
The announcement is timed to coincide with MIPCOM and the fall sales period, with WildBear International also unveiling its launch slate, which includes titles in the history, natural history and observational documentary genres. All new series are produced by WildBear Entertainment.
Rise and Fall: The Turning Points of WW2 (6 x 60 minutes), leads the company’s history slate, covering military campaigns and major battles as well as economic and political factors such as who rose to power, who fell by the wayside and how the war was funded. WildBear International’s early deals for the series include ProSieben in Germany, Mediawan in France, A+E Italy, RTP in Portugal, Viasat, Canal Historia in Spain, Foxtel in Australia and The Military Channel in China. Also on the launch slate for WildBear International are the war series The World War (8 x 60 minutes) and Bomber Terror of WW2 (6 x 60 minutes).
Topping WildBear International’s natural history slate is World’s Most Toxic Animals (2 x 60 minutes), a wildlife series about how toxic animals target their victims, what chemistry they use and how humans can survive it. The show has been acquired by Sky Nature in the UK, Sky Italia, Viasat in Europe, Discovery Asia and RTP in Portugal. It’s also been pre-bought by NTV in Germany. It’s joined on the WildBear International lineup by the underwater wildlife series Under the Sea (4 x 60 minutes).
WildBear International is also launching three series of the obs-doc show Demolition Down Under (18 x 60 minutes), which follows crews and their giant machines as they demolish buildings and strange structures in difficult locations, often under tight deadlines and budgets. Joining it on the slate is the second season of Mega Mechanics (10 x 60 minutes). All three seasons of Demolition Down Under, commissioned by Discovery Australia and New Zealand, were recently acquired by Discovery UK, Discovery Germany and Viasat, following earlier pre-sales to Mediawan in France and Network Ten Australia.