Extra: HBO Max picks up “Beauty of Blackness” doc; TVF, Cardiff confirm sales

HBO Max picks up The Beauty of Blackness documentary HBO Max has acquired a new documentary feature about Fashion Fair, the first cosmetics brand created exclusively for Black women. The Beauty of ...
March 1, 2022

HBO Max picks up The Beauty of Blackness documentary

HBO Max has acquired a new documentary feature about Fashion Fair, the first cosmetics brand created exclusively for Black women.

The Beauty of Blackness covers the brand created in 1973 by Eunice Johnson, the co-founder of Ebony and Jet Magazines. The film, co-directed by Tiffany Johnson (Dear White People, Black Monday) and first-time director Kiana Moore and created in partnership with Vox Media, is already available to stream on HBO Max, where it is featured as part of the streamer’s curated programming for Black Voices and Women’s History Month.

Featuring interviews with experts, models, makeup artists, performers, and other prominent figures connected to Fashion Fair, the documentary follows the brand’s rise to become a household name, the challenges it faced to influence the beauty industry, and how it’s been revived in the present day by entrepreneurs Desiree Rogers and Cheryl Mayberry McKissack.

TVF closes multiple one-off and series sales for Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands

TVF International has confirmed several European sales for its new slate of programming.

In Germany, the Smithsonian and EBS Korea-commissioned two-parter China’s Dragon Emperor has been picked up by ZDF; Great Barrier Reef: A Hidden Treasure, produced by RLJ Entertainment for Australia’s Nine Network, was acquired by RTL Group’s Geo Television; and Maya Vision International’s How China Got Rich has gone to n-tv.

In France, Frontier Sumatra from Blue Ant Media’s Singapore-based Beach House Pictures has been licensed by ARTE, while France TV has picked up the UK outfit Skyworks’ aerial-based series Iceland from AboveSouth Africa from Above and Wales from Above and Mediawan acquired the Animal Planet series Dog’s Best Friend from Toronto-based Summerhill Media.

In Belgium, DPG obtained the rights to Burnout from the UK-based political factual specialist Protest Productions, and the two-part Everest: A Deadly Ascent from Channel Newsasia; SBS acquired Santa School from Britain’s Channel 5; VRT locked down Sex, Myths and the Menopause, produced for Channel 4 by Finestripe Productions, as well as the second series of the BBC’s Inside Edinburgh Zoo and Windfall Films’ Lost Pyramids of the Aztecs, which was commissioned by Channel 4 and the Science Channel.

Lost Pyramids was also picked up for the Netherlands by National Geographic as part of a package that also includes Skyworks’ South Africa from Above and Brazil from Above, as well as Untold Arctic Wars from Finland’s state broadcaster YLE in collaboration with Denmark’s DR, Sweden’s SVT and Norway’s NRK. Finally, RTLZ acquired the third and fourth series of Windfall’s Super Tunnel.

The deals were brokered by Lindsey Ayotte, Poppy McAlister and Katie Bench.

Cardiff Productions format Take a Hike confirms international sales

Cardiff Productions has confirmed a variety of international sales for its competitive-walking format Take a Hike (pictured), in which contributors show off the best walks their country has to offer.

Created in 2020, the format was developed in Wales by Cardiff Productions and was first broadcast as the six-part Welsh-language series Am Dro! on S4C. After its national success, Cardiff reformatted the series into a 15-part title for BBC Two.

Cardiff’s distribution partner, Hat Trick International, recently launched the format on the international market, where it has so far been optioned for France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Israel.

Take a Hike follows a brilliant model: it was developed for a Welsh broadcaster, turned into an English-speaking format, and then sold internationally,” said Narinder Minhas, Cardiff Productions managing director, in a news release.

“This strategy has a lot of potential, and it’s something we want to replicate in the future. We’re already developing two more innovative, entertaining formats with S4C, and we have high hopes they’ll go on to achieve the same success.”

(With files from Andrew Tracy)

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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 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.