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MIPTV ’22: Banijay, BossaNova, Polsat sew up new deals

Banijay Rights picks up The Drop and Extraordinary Portraits Banijay Rights picked up global distribution rights to a pair of BBC factual entertainment titles as MIPTV kicked off this week. The Drop, created by Renowned ...
April 5, 2022

Banijay Rights picks up The Drop and Extraordinary Portraits

Banijay Rights picked up global distribution rights to a pair of BBC factual entertainment titles as MIPTV kicked off this week.

The Drop, created by Renowned Films for BBC Three and BBC iPlayer, is an 8 x 60-minute series that follows some of the UK’s most promising entrepreneursas they compete to have their clothing lines stocked in a major UK retailer. The contestants are mentored by Grammy-winning artist Miguel, who also serves as executive producer on the series. Banijay Rights holds global rights for the series and format.

Banijay also acquired Extraordinary Portraits (6 x 60 min.), produced by Chatterbox Films for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The series sees musician and art collector Tinie (formerly known as Tinie Tempah) matching people who have extraordinary stories to tell with artists who turn those stories into compelling portraits. Artists featured in the series use varied mediums, including street art and underwater photography, to create the portraits.

The Drop and Extraordinary Portraits are two outstanding cutting-edge factual shows that showcase different crafts at the highest level, from dazzling streetwear design to intricate portraiture,” Banijay Rights CEO Cathy Payne said in a news release.

“These factual series epitomize the range and depth that sits within Banijay Rights’ multi-genre catalog of more than 120,000 hours, and we’re in no doubt they will be a big attraction to international buyers this year.”

BossaNova Media unveils deals for Searching for Michael Jackson’s Zoo

BossaNova Media announced its own deals out of MIPTV this week around the 75-minute documentary Searching for Michael Jackson’s Zoo, confirming that it has been acquired by RTL Netherlands as well as by Sweden’s C More Entertainment for its channels across Scandinavia.

A primetime commission from ITV, Searching for Michael Jackson’s Zoo explores the fate of the exotic animals kept by the late pop superstar at his Neverland Ranch, which were acquired from captive breeders and animal poachers and then sold off after the singer’s death.

The doc special airs on ITV this month, and is a coproduction between Rare TV and Freshwater Films. BAFTA-winning presenter Ross Kemp fronts the documentary.

Searching For Michael Jackson’s Zoo is a noisy, edgy show, just what the buyers are telling us they need. We only launched the show last week, so this is a tremendous start,” Tatjana Kostovski, BossaNova senior sales manager, said in a news release.

Polsat embarks upon Hunting Season

Polsat (TV4) has picked up the format rights to the adventure game show Hunting Season. A second season of the series is scheduled to air this summer on SBS6, and Rochstar will produce 10 episodes for Poland. The series is set to air in Poland in May.

Hunting Season is a format from StukTV and Talpa Concepts, distributed by Talpa Distribution. Each episode sees a celebrity duo fleeing three prison guards, who have four hours to catch the celebrities on the run. The duo gets a 20-minute head start, while wearing transmitters that send a GPS coordinate to the guards every 10 minutes.

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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