Discovery, NHK acquire from TVF’s expanded APAC team

The World’s Most Powerful Telescopes

Discovery Asia and NHK in Japan are among broadcasters to have picked up programming from TVF International’s recently bolstered Asia-Pacific sales team.

Discovery Asia acquired pan-Asia rights to Chef Exchange (10 x 30 minutes), Singapore on Film (2 x 60 minutes) and Beach House Pictures’ access-driven two-parter Raffles: Remaking an Icon (2 x 60 minutes).

NHK licensed HD and 4K rights to BBC Four’s A Year in an English Garden (1 x 58 minutes) for its satellite, cable and VOD services, while in South Korea, pubcaster MBC picked up 4K shows including The World’s Most Powerful Telescopes (1 x 52 minutes) and history mini-series Empires of Silver (3 x 59 minutes).

Elsewhere, Al Jazeera picked up Pakistan’s Fake Degree (1 x 48 minutes), Dying For Gold (1 x 48 minutes) and Fighting Slavery From Space (1 x 48 minutes) for its 101 East strand.

Newly launched pan-Asian channel, Tech TV, acquired seasons nine and ten of CBS series Innovation Nation and CNBC’s Pop Up Start Up (6 x 50 minutes), while in the Philippines, Mediacorp’s Glamping Adventures (8 x 30 minutes) and the fifth season of Luxe Asia (10 x 30 minutes) have been picked up by ABS-CBN

The deals were negotiated by Julian Chou-Lambert, Catriona McNeish, Samuel Joyce and Serafina Pang, the latter a former Vice China exec who joined TVF earlier this year.