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Series round-up: HBO Max picks up “Kingdom of Dreams”; “Flinch” coming to Russia

Kingdom of Dreams picked up by HBO Max, Crave Fremantle announced that its new high-end fashion docuseries Kingdom of Dreams has been acquired by HBO Max in Europe, Latin America and Asia and ...
January 18, 2022

Kingdom of Dreams picked up by HBO Max, Crave

Fremantle announced that its new high-end fashion docuseries Kingdom of Dreams has been acquired by HBO Max in Europe, Latin America and Asia and by Crave in Canada, and will launch later this year.

The four-part series chronicles the fashion world from the early 1990s to the 2010s, a golden age when the forces of creativity and disruptive business converged and collided. It boasts rare library material, never-before-seen personal archives, and story-driven interviews.

Kingdom of Dreams is created by London-based Misfits Entertainment (McQueen, Rising Phoenix) and produced in collaboration with Fremantle.

The pre-sales deals with HBO Max and Crave were brokered by Jamie Lynn, EVP co-production & distribution, EMEA, and Michela DiMondo, EVP of distribution & sales, Canada at Fremantle. The series will be distributed internationally by Fremantle. In the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria, Kingdom of Dreams will launch on Sky Documentaries.

Stellify Media signs deal for Flinch format to air in Russia

Belfast-based independent prodco Stellify Media has signed an agreement for the format of their Netflix hit Flinch to go to Russia.

The original series is set on a remote farm in the hills of Ireland, and sees contestants test their nerves in a variety of games where they must not flinch. If they do, they face painful consequences. The original 10-episode series was hosted by comedians Desiree Burch, Lloyd Griffiths and Seann Walsh, and debuted on Netflix in May 2019.

The format is distributed by Sony Pictures Television (SPT), and the new version has been developed with SPT and will be produced by its Russian prodco LEAN-M. Mikhail Galustyan, Artur Babich and Valya Karnaval will host the local version of the series, which will be broadcast on CTC under the title Не Дрогни / Ne Drogn (Don’t Flinch!).

With files from Andrew Jeffrey

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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