Extra: HBO and BBC Capitol riot doc sales inked; ITV Studios appoints directors of production

Abacus Media completes sales on Four Hours at the Capitol Abacus Media Rights, a member of the Amcomri Media Group, has completed a raft of sales ahead of the HBO and BBC ...
October 19, 2021

Abacus Media completes sales on Four Hours at the Capitol

Abacus Media Rights, a member of the Amcomri Media Group, has completed a raft of sales ahead of the HBO and BBC Two premiere of Four Hours at the Capitol.

The feature documentary covers the storming of the U.S. Capitol earlier this year, and is directed by Jamie Roberts (The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty) and produced by Emmy-winner Dan Reed (Leaving Neverland). It’s been sold to CANAL+ France, ViacomCBS Australia, Discovery New Zealand for Three, HBO Max in Latin America and Iberia, HBO Europe for CEE, VPRO in the Netherlands, VRT Belgium, DR Denmark, SVT Sweden, NRK Norway, YLE Finland, SWR Germany and Channel 8 Israel.

The Amos Pictures production was commissioned by HBO Documentaries and BBC Current Affairs. It offers a forensic, exhaustively researched account of the U.S. Capitol storming on Jan. 6, focusing on the four hours between 1 and 5 p.m. in which the Capitol building, and senators and representatives, came under direct attack as they assembled to certify the 2020 U.S. Presidential election. Capitol police, DC law enforcement, legislators, politicians and members of the riots and protests are included and covered in the film.

ITV Studios announces senior production appointments

ITV Studios revealed a number of senior production management appointments on Tuesday (Oct. 19) with three newly created director of production roles, including one to oversee UK non-scripted titles.

The new roles, covering UK scripted, UK non-scripted and international productions, were created alongside the decision by long-standing director of production, Sally Debonnaire, to retire from full-time production management by early 2022. Debonnaire joined ITV Studios in 2012, leading its global production management teams, and has overseen the expansion of ITV Studios.

Helen Killeen takes on the role of director of production for non-scripted at ITV. Killeen started her career in factual and documentaries before moving to daytime production, where she played a key role in launching Good Morning Britain. She was appointed to head production Daytime, overseeing seven and a half hours of daily live TV, in 2014.

Matt Cleary will take on the role of director of production for scripted titles, while Ben Russell will pick up the director of production role for international work.

Other personnel moves for ITV include Jeanette Moffat moving into the head of production role at Lifted Entertainment, and Alice Gairdner doing the same at ITV Studios Daytime.

Amagi and Blue Ant team up for U.S. channel delivery

Amagi, a leader in cloud-based SaaS technology for broadcast and connected TV, announced on Wednesday (Oct. 19) that it will partner with Blue Ant Media for channel delivery in the U.S.

Blue Ant, a Toronto-headquartered content producer, distributor and TV channel operator, has used Amagi’s channel playout system, Amagi CLOUDPORT, for spinning up new channels and delivering them to multiple Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST) platforms. Blue Ant specializes in producing and distributing factual entertainment, lifestyle, documentaries and natural history titles.

Amagi is powering Blue Ant’s natural history channel, Love Nature, as a FAST channel on several free streaming services including Samsung TV Plus in 4K, the Roku Channel, PLEX, VIZIO WatchFree+, LocalNow and KlowdTV in the U.S. Amagi also delivers and powers two Blue Ant Media FAST HD channels in Canada: HauntTV and CrimeTime, both on Samsung TV and the Roku Channel. Amagi delivers HauntTV to the U.S., as well.

“When it comes to distributing 4K UHD channels, the ability to preserve the original quality and deliver a great viewing experience over large screens is critical,” said Julio Sobral, SVP, Latam & U.S. Channel Distribution, Blue Ant Media, in a statement.

“Using Amagi CLOUDPORT, we were able to deliver our 4K UHD channel without transcoding, thereby ensuring that the quality remained intact.”

Amagi’s other clients include ABS-CBN, A+E Networks UK, beIN Sports, Discovery Networks, Fox Networks, Fremantle, NBCUniversal, USA Today, Vice Media and Warner Media.

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