France’s Upside Distribution has signed a number of new unscripted shows ahead of MIPTV.
A deal with prodco Memento sees Upside take on the 4x70mins Planete+ doc series Special Ops, which includes exclusive US army drone footage, and follows operations in Afghanistan, Ivory Coast and Somalia.
Also included in the Memento deal is France 3’s Mafia & Italy: A Bloody Pact, and a 1x52mins RMC Découverte doc about European aircraft carrier, The Charles de Gaulle.
Another deal bangumi hands Memento 1x52mins France 5 doc 5-Star Moments, which looks a key historical incidents, and I, Candidate, a 1x90mins Canal+ doc about major French election campaigns. Another political doc is Who is Emannuel Macron?, a 2PLP, HDPM and Media Res coproduction about the potential French leader.
From La Famiglia are three history docs for RMC Découverte: Nazis / Resistance: The Underground War, Forbidden Paris: Megastructures of the Shadow and The Great Escape.
Upside is also in Cannes selling Broadview TV’s 52-minute doc for Arte, Angela Merkel the Unexpected, which has already sold to NHK in Japan and Planete+ in Poland among others.
There will also be docs from Little Big Story, LBS and an in-house production for Planete+, Archeologeek.
Furthermore, Upside has launched a feature-length docs unit, Upside Films, which is producing Capital in the 21st Century and Belmondo: Le Magnifique.