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SBS & Viasat World speed to factual deals with Drive

Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency led by Lilla Hurst (pictured), has gained a range of worldwide sales for its factual slate including SBS TV and Viasat World. A host of major channels have shopped 8 Days that Made Rome. Smithsonian Channel has acquired the series for North America, SBS for Australia and Viasat World […]

Television’s love affair with the People’s Princess

Yearlong activities have taken place to mark the twentieth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, and the television industry has followed suit with a raft of documentaries and series to signify the landmark event. Kaltrina Bylykbashi reports on the ongoing influence of the late British royal, as her son, Prince Harry, continues to make headlines thanks […]

Diana, Our Mother gains raft of int’l sales

Drive, the distributor for Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, has announced a range of international sales for the Oxford Film-produced documentary. NDR in Germany, TV4 in Sweden, Mediaset in Italy and RTL in French-speaking Belgium have all acquired the doc that is built around interviews with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. […]

TBI weekly round-up: Diana doc, Silverman’s Jamaican drama

TBI’s latest news round-up takes a look over some of the biggest deals, hires and partnerships this week (June 19-23, 2017). Drive’s Diana doc delivers deals This year marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic death and prodcos and distributors worldwide have taken notice. There have been a range of recent deals for shows around […]

Drive picks up ITV & HBO’s Diana doc

As the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death approaches, a new HBO and ITV doc about her life as secured distribution. UK-based Drive has acquired rights to the untitled doc, which is a 1x90mins effort from British producer Oxford Film and Television. US cable channel HBO and UK commercial broadcaster ITV came on board the […]

Drive adds ex-Channel 5, Tigress exec to ranks

Former Channel 5 and Tigress Productions exec Lulu Prutton has joined UK-based production funding and distribution company Drive. She is taking on the role of acquisitions and sales executive after joining from New Earth Films, where she was commercial and creative manager. Like Drive co-founder Lila Hurst, she has previously worked at UK broadcaster Channel […]

Discovery lines up Body Cam Cops

Discovery Networks UK has greenlit Body Cam Cops, a six-part series following police units wearing body-worn cameras. The series will be made by UK indie Back2Back. It will go out on Discovery’s free-to-air net Quest in the UK, DMAX in Germany, and Discovery Channel across central and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and […]

Discovery, Channel 5 buy Supernatural Nazis

Channel 5 and Discovery have both prebought Supernatural Nazis, the upcoming factual series about Hitler’s plan to use supernatural forces to win World War II. The show is produced by Australian indie Wildbear and has been presold by UK funding specialist Drive. It has also shopped Supernatural Nazis to French DTT net RMC. Sales of […]

Drive deals for Why Are We Here?

Drive, the UK funding and copro specialists that recently set up a distribution arm, have sold four-part science doc Why Are We Here? to several broadcasters. The series follows Oxford Physics Professor Ard Louis and science filmmaker David Malone as they investigate the meaning of life. It was funded by The Templeton World Charity Foundation […]

A first-timer’s (re)view of MIPCOM

So Drive made its virgin trip to MIPCOM as a distributor this week; full disclosure, we have been travelling to Cannes as a presales and co-pro agent since 2013, however this market we launched our finished programme catalogue and joined the company of several new distributors in this newly evolved world of rights exploitation. In one sense […]

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