Drive forges Back2Back sales in Europe, Asia

Indie distributor Drive has sold a slate of Back2Back titles, including The World’s Deadliest Weather, into Europe and Asia. 

The production-funding and distribution agency has sold the third series of the programme – a co-production brokered and distributed internationally by Drive – into BBC Earth and Discovery Italy. The 13 x 60-minute series was picked up by Melanie Rumani, head of acquisitions at BBC Studios.

The show is the latest instalment in the returning ‘World’s Deadliest…’ franchise, which also includes The World’s Deadliest Drivers.

Drive has also sent the first two series of The World’s Deadliest Weather to ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany and Mediacorp in Singapore, as well as the show’s second series to Mediawan Thematics-owned Science et Vie TV in France. 5Spike (UK), 

World’s Deadliest Drivers has also been sold to Mediacorp.

Meanwhile, Drive has sold Back2Back’s police body camera show Body Cam Cops to Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV.

Drive previously secured a deal for the series with Discovery for Quest in the UK, DMAX in Germany and Discovery across CEEMEA, Latin America and Hispanic US.

Ben Barrett, co-MD of Drive, said: “Back2Back has a great ability to deliver long-running series that appeal to a wide international audience. We’re really pleased that The World’s Deadliest Weather is coming back for a third series and that it continues to sell so well internationally.”

Founded by Lilla Hurst and Barrett, Drive launched six years ago. Its roster of prodco clients currently includes Oxford Films, October Films, Blink, yap films, Raw TV, Back2Back Productions and Lightbox.