Extra: Espresso Media licenses docs; YouTube Streamy Award winners

Espresso Media licenses docs on Broadway, cryptocurrency International TV distributor Espresso Media International has licensed a pair of documentaries about a cryptocurrency mystery and Broadway’s return from the pandemic. The cryptocurrency mystery ...
December 14, 2021

Espresso Media licenses docs on Broadway, cryptocurrency

International TV distributor Espresso Media International has licensed a pair of documentaries about a cryptocurrency mystery and Broadway’s return from the pandemic.

The cryptocurrency mystery Dead Man’s Switch will premiere worldwide on Discovery+ on December 23. Espresso has also made separate license deals for the film to Foxtel in Australia, NHK for Japan, VGTV in Norway and Radio Canada for French-Speaking Canada.

The documentary, which was commissioned by CBC and premiered at Hot Docs 2021, explores the mysterious death of cryptocurrency mogul Gerry Cotten. He allegedly died in 2018 at age 30 as CEO of Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, QuadrigaCX. After his death, $215 million dollars in cash and cryptocurrency were suddenly missing, and some believe he faked his death to abscond with the money.

Also on the way is On Broadway (52 minutes, 90 minutes; pictured), which has been licensed to SBS in Australia and will premiere on Christmas Day. The documentary, directed by Oren Jacoby, features an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski and Ian McKellen telling the story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink and taking audiences behind the scenes of beloved shows from A Chorus Line to Hamilton.

“We loved this celebration of Broadway and its fascinating history along with the star studded roll call of interviewees,” said SBS channel manager Natalie Edgar in a news release. “At the end of an incredibly difficult two years for performing artists it seemed fitting to be celebrating them on Christmas Day and we are sure our Australian audience will love this documentary.”

GRB Studios racks up sales

American content studio and global distribution company GRB Studios has landed multiple international deals for the Star Trek docuseries The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek,

The series, produced by Nacelle for History, is a behind-the-scenes look at the legendary sci-fi franchise.

The Center Seat has been licensed to RTL Netherlands, SevenOne Germany, Foxtel in Australia and New Zealand, and Bell Media in Canada for English and French regions.

Meanwhile, both seasons of Death Walker with Nick Groff have been licensed to Canada’s Bell Media for CTV Sci-Fi. Discovery Europe acquired the second season for the UK territory. Bell Media also licensed Living By Design for CTV Life.

Australia’s Foxtel acquired the feature documentary Meet the Hitlers, from the producer of Super Size Me.

CBS Reality picked up seasons one and two of Confessions: Animal Hoarding for most European territories as well as the docuseries, Turquoise Fever for African countries.

Other recent deals include The New Normal, a documentary that follows the aftermath of a mass school shooting, to the WaterBear global VOD platform, and Wicked Vision Distribution obtained the home video rights for The Ultimate Stuntman: A Tribute to Dar Robinson in Germany.

Bretman Rock, Jeff Wittek among Streamy Award winners

YouTube unveiled the winners of the 11th annual Streamy Awards, which honor excellence in online video and the creators behind it. The awards show was produced by MRC Live & Alternative and Tubefilter, and is exclusively broadcast by YouTube.

30 Days With: Bretman Rock took the award for unscripted series. The YouTube Original series was produced by Znak TV and follows the Philippines-born, Hawaii-raised YouTube star, beauty entrepreneur and fashion icon as he prepares for and embarks on a week-long survival adventure in the Hawaiian jungle.

Don’t Try This At Home with Jeff Wittek won best documentary. The series follows Wittek as he breaks down a series of dangerous stunts he participated in with controversial fellow YouTube star David Dobrik.

Meanwhile in the individual awards, Tik Tok star Wisdom Kay won in the fashion category and Nick DiGiovanni, also from Tik Tok, took the food award.

Super Channel acquires four series from Go Button Media

Canadian pay-TV network Super Channel has acquired four new factual series from Toronto-based Go Button Media for its Super Channel Fuse channel through an extended partnership.

The agreement includes two new acquisitions, The Animal Within, which debuts later this month and Colossal Machines, which premieres in January, as well as two new Super Channel Originals, Mysteries of the Ancient Dead and Secret Societies: In the Shadows, which are both due later in 2022.

The new series will join Secret Nazi Expeditions and Forgotten Frontlines, which were announced earlier this year and will also premiere in 2022.

The Animal Within (6 x 44 minutes) debuts on December 20 and what makes some creatures stronger, faster or tougher, while others have faded away. Colossal Machines (6 x 44 minutes), premiering on January 3, reveals what’s at stake when the world’s largest constructions and massive machines are put to work.

Coming in summer 2022 is Mysteries of the Ancient Dead (6 x 44 minutes), which investigates the secrets of ancient civilizations. The series will be distributed internationally by Bossa Nova. Also premiering in summer 2022 is Secret Societies: In the Shadows (6 x 44 minutes), which will explore the mysterious details and purposes of secret societies, from hidden rituals to blood oaths. It will be distributed by DCD Rights.

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