Woodcut closes multiple international deals for Surviving a Serial Killer
UK distributor Woodcut International has confirmed multiple sales of its true-crime docuseries Surviving a Serial Killer (two seasons, 14 x 60 min. total), which debuted on Channel 4′s More4 in February 2021.
The series (pictured), in which people recount their near-fatal brushes with notorious serial killers including Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and the “Yorkshire Ripper” Peter Sutcliffe, has been sold to RTL (Germany); AMC Networks Southern Europe for Crime + Investigation in Spain; Planète+ (France); Stockholm-based streaming platform Viaplay, which services the Nordics, the Netherlands, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia; and the Nine Network (Australia).
The new raft of sales follows the series’ stateside premiere in March of this year via A+E Networks, which renamed it as Close Encounters with Evil for U.S. broadcast.
“We have had tremendous interest in Surviving a Serial Killer following its UK debut last year, and are delighted to announce these deals with such premium platforms as the true-crime genre continues to engage audiences worldwide,” said Woodcut International commercial director Koulla Anastasi in a release announcing the sales.
DOC Atlantic announces participants for first Breakthrough Program
The Documentary Organization of Canada’s (DOC) East Coast chapter, DOC Atlantic, has named the first filmmakers selected to participate in the inaugural DOC Atlantic Breakthrough Program.
Launched by DOC Atlantic in association with the Lunenburg Doc Fest, and supported by the DOC Institute, the Documentary Organization of Canada, Telefilm Canada, the Canada Media Fund and Lunenburg Doc Fest, the initiative aims to advance and support emerging BIPOC non-fiction talent in Atlantic Canada through professional development sessions led by industry experts, and will also facilitate introductions to broadcasters, distributors, producers and other key decision-makers.
The four creators selected for the program will have the opportunity to develop and pitch their projects at both the Lunenburg Doc Fest’s Dock Market (September 22–28) and Forum RIDM, the networking platform of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (November 19–23), and will also receive a free one-year membership to DOC Atlantic.
“We are proud to collaborate with DOC Atlantic and industry stakeholders to nurture new and underrepresented voices,” said Pamela Segger, executive director of Lunenburg Doc Fest. “The education, insights, and mentorship will aid participants in developing project pitch materials and presenting their concepts with confidence.”
The first participants in the DOC Atlantic Breakthrough Program are listed below, with bios provided by DOC Atlantic:
Jessica Brown is an arts worker and emerging Inuk filmmaker who lives and works in Labrador and St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is working on a new Indigenous artist collective at First Light, and sits on the board of directors at Riddle Fence, a Journal of Arts and Culture. She is the assistant director of Framed Spirit Song, a short documentary premiering this fall at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.
James B. Elloso is a writer and filmmaker from the Philippines now living in St. John’s, Newfoundland (Ktaqmkuk), where he is currently writing a play titled Children of Tomorrow. He studied environmental science at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he also recently received a diploma in stage and screen techniques.
Eliza Knockwood is a Two Spirit Mi’kmaq filmmaker living and working on Prince Edward Island (Epekwitk). She has directed several self-produced documentary shorts and community productions, and last year directed her first longer-form non-fiction project, The Ice Walk, which was produced in partnership with Bell Fibe TV1. She is set to film another short-form series for Bell Fibe TV1 this summer, and is also developing a feature project title The Rite of Passage.
Anna Quon is a poet and novelist living in Halifax (Kjipuktuk), Nova Scotia, who creates paintings and short animated films from her poems. Her chapbook Body Parts was published in 2021 by Gaspereau Press, and she has released three novels with Invisible Publishing: Migration Songs (2009), Low (2013) and Where the Silver River Ends (2022).