Indian SVOD DocuBay expands with Journeyman, Kwanza titles

Fledgling Indian SVOD service DocuBay has acquired content packages from French distributor Kwanza and the UK’s Journeyman Pictures.

The acquisition deals with both distributors cover worldwide streaming rights that will be available when DocuBay launches globally later this year.

Backed by Indian media firm IN10 Media Group — subsidiary of infotainment channel Epic TV — the SVOD looks to target an underserved Indian audience seeking premium factual content. DocuBay is to launch with a slate of around 50 titles and will add new programming daily.

DocuBay COO Akul Tripathi

Kwanza’s titles include Himalayan Gold Rush (pictured), directed by Oscar-nominated Eric Valli, about Nepalese villagers embarking on a dangerous trek through the Himalayas in search of a precious fungus; and Deeper, following the story of Pascal Bernabe on his record-breaking deep ocean dive of 1,080 feet.

Other titles include Touring Talkies, Chadar: The Ice Trail, Hitler’s Last Secrets, Travelling with the Jinju and Jack London: An American Adventure.

Meanwhile, Journeyman Pictures has sold PlayMe Burlesque, a feature about the resurgence of Burlesque in New York; Moonwalk One, about the Apollo 11 moon landing, digitally remastered from the 1970 original; and Sealers: One Last Hunt, which follows seal hunters looking to keep an ancient but increasingly controversial Norwegian tradition alive.

Other titles acquired from Journeyman Pictures include Angkor Awakens, The Billion Dollar Bust, I Love My Muslim, Every Other Couple, Unbounded and Guardians of the Strait.

Akul Tripathi (pictured), COO of DocuBay, said: “We are eager for DocuBay to launch in Q2, and to share our passion for rich, compelling human stories that unite us as one tribe. Our mission of delivering a vertical, premium service that features excellent documentary films to consumers globally is furthered through our partnerships with exceptional international content distributors like Kwanza and Journeyman Pictures.”