Cineflix Rights in factual content deal with SBS Australia
Cineflix Rights has signed a deal with SBS Australia for more than 20 hours of factual content from its history and documentary slate.
Included in the deal are the World War II docs WWII By Drone (6 x 60 minutes), produced by Like A Shot Productions for UKTV and Smithsonian Channel, which uses CGI and drone technology to bring Europe’s battlefields back to life; Battle of Britain: Three Days That Saved the Nation (3 x 60 minutes) produced by Lion Television for Channel 5, examining three pivotal days during World War II in a minute-by-minute account; and The Day Hitler Died (1 x 60 minutes) from Finestripe Productions for ITV and Smithsonian Network, which uses eyewitness interviews along with archive footage and reconstruction to provide the definitive account of Hitler’s final days.
Further on the history side, Battle of Alcatraz (2 x 60 minutes), produced by Hoff Productions for Reelz, looks at one of the greatest jailbreaks of all time. Voices of the Dead (3 x 60 minutes), produced by SandStone Global for Channel 5, looks at how people lived in Ancient Egypt and Pompeii; The Story of Late Night (6 x 60 minutes), produced by Cream Productions for CNN, explores memorable moments in late-night TV; and The Day Kennedy Died (1 x 60 minutes) produced by Finestripe for ITV and Smithsonian Network, marks the 59th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
“History has always been a strong performer in the Australian market, and I’m delighted to be continuing Cineflix’s long-standing relationship with SBS with sales of some of the latest additions to our slate alongside enduring titles,” said Chris Bluett, SVP sales, Asia Pacific and Benelux for Cineflix Rights, in a release.
Rakuten TV unveils Champions doc series
Rakuten TV has announced details on its upcoming documentary series Champions, which launches on December 2.
The series follows three generations of female footballers, including the best of the current crop of players, to look at each of their unique stories and backgrounds, including the challenges they’ve overcome as they followed their passion.
Included in the series are 2021 Ballon d’Or nominees Alexia Putellas (FC Barcelona) and Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), as well as Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus), Julia Simic (Milán) and Stina Blackstenius (Montpellier HSC). Also featured are legends such as Kelly Smith and Carolina Morace, as well as emerging talent including sisters Tatiana and Silvana Flores, Bendetta Orsi or Sonia Ouchene.
Champions will join the Rakuten Stories collection, which presents original and exclusive sports content from Rakuten TV.
CBC/Radio-Canada racks up international broadcast deals
CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution, the global content-licensing division of Canada’s public broadcaster, has landed several broadcast deals from its slate of factual content, with a particular focus on nature and wildlife shows.
SVT in Sweden and Skyword Co. in China have acquired Nature’s Cleanup Crew (1 x 52 minutes) produced by Kensington Communications, highlighting animals who share our cities and how they help recycle consumer waste, while SVT and Italy’s Mediaset have picked up First Animals (1 x 52 minutes), produced by Red Trillium Film, about the Burgess Shale fossils that helped rewrite our understanding of evolution.
Wild Canadian Weather (4 x 52 minutes, pictured), produced by River Road Films and exploring extreme weather events in Canada, was sold to SVT and Bomanbridge Media (Asia-Pacific), with a multi-territory deal for Viasat World for CEE, Russia and CIS, Baltics, and Scandinavia. Meanwhile the climate change special Rebellion (1 x 52 minutes), produced by Grand Passage Media, was acquired by Mediawan Thematics (France) and SIC (Portugal); while The COVID Cruise (1 x 52 minutes), from producer Blue Pearl Productions, about the early days of the pandemic, has sold to PBS (UK and Ireland) and Bell Media (French Canada). And PBS/’POV’ (U.S.), Al Jazeera (MENA), CNEX (Taiwan) and Sky Arts (New Zealand) have picked up the TIFF-selected short Sing Me A Lullaby (29 minutes) produced by Golden Nugget Productions, about filmmaker Tiffany Hsiung’s efforts to find her mother’s birth family in Taiwan.
“We’re extremely proud of our award-winning lineup of factual content and are thrilled by the response we are getting from broadcasters around the world,” said Gwen Jones McCauley, director, global distribution – unscripted for CBC/Radio-Canada in a release. “We are so excited that these extraordinary documentaries will be made available to a whole new group of viewers globally.”