Flee up for best animated feature at Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed the nominations for the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Monday (Dec. 13), and the animated documentary Flee is up for best animated motion picture.
Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s film is proving to be one of the breakout documentaries of this year’s awards season, racking up nominations and awards, winning best documentary from the New York Film Critics Circle, receiving nominations from the PGA Awards, Cinema Eye Honors and making the best documentaries shortlist from the National Board of Review. Flee has also been nominated for best animated feature at the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards.
The Golden Globes will be handed out during the annual awards ceremony on January 9.
The Conservation Game featuring Carole Baskin finds global sales
The new feature documentary The Conservation Game (pictured), featuring Tiger King‘s Carole Baskin, has secured international sales, including to Channel 5 in the UK.
The film was also sold to Australia (STAN), Germany (ZDF), the Netherlands (RTL), Denmark (TV2) and Sweden (SVT). Other territories are currently under negotiation, with New York-based sales agent Cargo Film & Releasing holding the worldwide rights.
The Conservation Game follows Tim Harrison, a retired cop who suspects that America’s top celebrity conservationists may be connected to the exotic pet trade. He and his team take their fight to Congress, with Baskin among his supporters fighting to pass the Big Cat Public Safety Act bill.
The film has already made waves among animal conservation since it premiered in April. Jack Hanna, celebrity conservationist and director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, was investigated in the film and later stepped down from this position. Afterward, the zoo cut ties with animal vendors tracked in the film. In August, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums launched an investigation into the Columbus Zoo, which ultimately led to its license being revoked in October.
“We’re thrilled to see the excitement for the film in the international landscape. With such an important issue we’re glad the film is already creating substantial changes in American zoos. We look forward to continuing to get this eye-opening story seen around the world,” said Austin Kennedy, director of sales and marketing for Cargo Film & Releasing in a statement.
Principal Media licenses Olympics doc, food series to Australia’s SBS
Content licensing distribution company Principal Media, a subsidiary of the Libra Group, has signed a licensing deal with Australian public broadcaster SBS for the new feature documentary Magic in the Mountains and the reality series United Plates of America.
Magic in the Mountains (79 minutes), produced by Coolfire Studios, tells the story of how the town of Squaw Valley, California won the right to host the 1960 Olympics. Leveraging the genius of visionaries like Walt Disney, not only were the 1960 Games a success, they also changed the world of sports forever.
United Plates of America (52 x 30 minutes), which recently completed its fifth season, is hosted by Gary Takle, who takes viewers on a trip across America to discover different towns’ food cultures. The show seeks to overcome the multicultural tensions in American society by bringing people together through food. The series is produced by Abode Entertainment.
“As different as these two programs are, both are really right in SBS’s wheelhouse of eclectic, informative and highly entertaining content,” Danny Boluarte, SVP of business development and acquisitions for Principal Media said in a release.
Media Ranch formats optioned in Europe
Montreal-based format production and distribution company Media Ranch has announced that several of its formats have been optioned in European markets.
The Gen-Z and millennial dating show format Love Van has been optioned by Renegade Pictures (a Warner Bros. International Television Company) in the UK.
Options were also picked up from Media Ranch’s exclusive DR (Danish Broadcasting) format portfolio for The Artist Colony, about some of the country’s most acclaimed artists living together for two weeks. The format was picked up by Blazhoffski Productions in The Netherlands and by STV Productions in Sweden and Norway. The format was originally created and produced by Eddy Media for DR2.
Match Made in Heaven, a dating show in which couples date their astrological match without them knowing their signs are what put them together, was acquired by Strix Television in Sweden.
Finally, the format 180 Days, a social experiment that pairs two unlikely groups of people (like senior citizens and university students) to live together for 180 days and possibly change each other’s lives, was picked up by Magis TV (in partnership with Eldorado TV) in Germany.
“Media Ranch is thrilled to close our successful year with the option of one of our original Horsepower formats to Renegade in the UK and several DR formats optioned in Sweden, Norway, Germany, and The Netherlands,” said Sophie Ferron, president and founder of Media Ranchm, in a release. “The year ahead is looking to be our best yet after boosting our presence exponentially in the USA and co-creating original formats with new partners around the world.”