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Extra: Kinema partners with ITVS on screening series; TVF’s Nordic sales

Kinema partners with ITVS for documentary screening series The social cinema platform Kinema announced this week it’s partnering with ITVS to screen documentaries through the company’s Offline Cinema Player. The player allows ...
January 6, 2022

Kinema partners with ITVS for documentary screening series

The social cinema platform Kinema announced this week it’s partnering with ITVS to screen documentaries through the company’s Offline Cinema Player.

The player allows event producers to play films directly from their computer with no DVD, DCP or Internet needed. The screenings will showcase contemporary documentaries exploring timely topics including the cost of U.S. immigration policy, the impact of incarceration on mothers and the pressure U.S. high school students face to achieve.

The partnership will include seven ‘Independent Lens’ documentary film screenings for more than 100 in-person screenings. The agreement is the first multi-location partnership using Kinema’s technology to host a series of in-person events, most of them as part of the Indie Lens Pop-Up series, which brings people together for screenings and community-driven conversations.

“ITVS has a similar mission to Kinema, sharing impactful films with communities who often do not have access to them. It means everything to us that they have chosen our technology to share these stories,” said Ryan Harrington (pictured), Kinema head of film, in a news release.

TVF International unveils several Nordic sales

Factual distributor TVF International announced a raft of international series and documentaries to Nordic broadcasters.

In Sweden, SVT picked up the EBS docudramas China’s Dragon Emperor (2 x 45 minutes) and Asia’s Ancient Civilizations (4 x 48 minutes) from Mediacorp Productions.

UR picked up Iceland: Cold War Frontier and Britain on Film with Tony Robinson (4 x 52 minutes), which is a TVF coproduction with Available Light Productions that captures 20th century Britain through home movie archives of everything from the Blitz to The Beatles.

Axess Publishing acquired Secrets in the Bones: The Hunt for the Black Death Killer (1 x 60 minutes), produced by Infield Fly Productions for the CBC, as well as the investigative history series Fact or Fiction: For Once and For All (6 x 40 minutes). The latter format, produced by Posvideo for NPO, follows historians using state-of-the-art technology to confirm whether treasured artifacts are real or fake.

Finnish pubcaster YLE licensed Lost Pyramids of the Aztecs (2 x 60 minutes) from Windfall Films. The series was also picked up by SVT, DR and aired on Viasat History. It combines CGI imagery with access to archeological excavations to investigate the ancient world. Viasat History also acquired Normandy ’44: D Day and the Battle for France (3 x 48 minutes), fronted by James Holland and produced by Typhoon Pictures.

DR in Denmark picked up Dreadnought Destruction: Sinking the German Battle Fleet (1 x 52 minutes), produced by Berlin Productions for ZDF/Arte. The film explores the sinking of the German High Seas Fleet using rare archive, expert interviews and dramatic reconstructions.

VG TV in Norway licensed Wingspan Films’ Fake News: A True History (1 x 60 minutes), which traces fake news through 200 years. And TV2 Norway licensed Testimony Films’ 9/11: Escape from the Impact Zone (1 x 60 minutes), which sees 9/11 survivors recount their stories.

“The Nordics have consistently been one of our fastest growing territories, with the last year seeing record-breaking results from the region,” said TVF International sales manager Poppy McAlister in a statement. “The demand across Scandinavia for premium and diverse historical programming aligns seamlessly with the TVF catalog, so we are delighted to have brought so many of our documentaries to audiences in the territory. We look forward to continuing our strong partnerships in the Nordics in the new year.”

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