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Extra: Content sales for DCD Rights, Bomanbridge Media

Bomanbridge racks up factual deals internationally Singapore-based distributor Bomanbridge Media has secured a number of factual content sales to international platforms. The environmental documentary Earth Emergency (1 x 60 min.) has been ...
June 23, 2022

Bomanbridge racks up factual deals internationally

Singapore-based distributor Bomanbridge Media has secured a number of factual content sales to international platforms.

The environmental documentary Earth Emergency (1 x 60 min.) has been acquired by Disney Latin America as well as the Mongolian presidential office, which aired the feature documentary on eight free-to-air channels in a joint effort to raise climate awareness across the nation. The film is narrated by Richard Gere, and features contributions from Greta Thunberg, Jane Fonda and the Dalai Lama, as well as a roster of distinguished scientists and environmentalists.

RTVE Spain and AETN18 India have both picked up the tech documentary #KidsOnTech (1 x 60 min., pictured), which examines parents’ struggles with their children’s increased dependence on devices. The project is part of the content slate Bomanbridge brought to Sunny Side of the Doc 2022 in La Rochelle this week.

The North Korea exposé The Mole: Undercover in North Korea (1 x 126 min./2 x 60 min.), directed by award-winning filmmaker Mads Brügger, has been licensed to Foxtel Australia and Rialto New Zealand. The undercover documentary thriller follows two men who embark on a dangerous 10-year mission to penetrate the world’s most secretive dictatorship.

The BAFTA-winning coming-of-age feature documentary My Childhood, My Country: 20 Years in Afghanistan (1 x 90 min./2 x 60 min.) was picked up by RTVE Spain, following its previously announced acquisitions by a host of international broadcasters.

NHK Japan and PTS Taiwan have both acquired filmmaker Martin Dohrn’s My Garden of a Thousand Bees (1 x 60 min.), with PTS also picking up 90-minute feature arts titles from Seventh Art Productions’ ‘Exhibition on Screen’ series: Van Gogh & Japan, Sunflowers, Degas: Passion for Perfection and David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Malaysia’s RTM has picked up the first two seasons of the gaming reality series Gamerz (40 x 60 min.), produced by global eSports entertainment company GamingZone Entertainment.

West One International’s wildlife series Wild Kingdoms (3 x 60 min.) has been sold to Games Medya for TRT Turkey, which also picked up Earth Touch’s Speed Kills (6 x 60 min.). Further wildlife sales include NHK Japan and EBS Korea acquiring CBC’s Wild Canadian Weather, and South Korea’s KBS picking up Lions and Hyenas (1 x 60 min.) from Wild Stories.

On the AVOD front, Bomanbridge has signed a deal with German distribution and media agency Quintus Media on a package that includes more than 20 hours of wildlife content to be streamed on its digital channels. Additionally, On Demand 365 (VOD365) has picked up over 10 hours of factual content from Bomanbridge’s international catalog, including CICC’s Through the Seasons: China (3 x 60 min.) and In10Media’s The Royal Enfield Story (1 x 60 min.). The titles will stream in the UK and Eire on Planet Knowledge, the VOD365-owned free-to-air factual entertainment channel.

DCD Rights sells raft of content in CEE region

UK-based distributor DCD Rights has announced the sale of more than 150 hours of unscripted and documentary programming to platforms and broadcasters across multiple territories in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

A package of 156 hours of unscripted series, including Phantom Signals, Haunted Encounters and The Day My Job Tried To Kill Me, has been sold to DOX TV, which specializes in documentaries, for its platform that covers Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro.

Additionally, Poland’s Spektrum has picked up the first two seasons of the premium documentary series Secret Nazi Bases and World’s Greatest Ships, as well as seasons five and six of the factual entertainment series Aussie Gold Hunters and Aussie Gold Hunters: Treasures. Also in Poland, BBC Earth has secured Scottish Islands with Ben Fogle, which follows the adventurer as he takes a personal pilgrimage across Scotland’s most remote isles.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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